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Fiberglass vinyl flooring can be installed as a loose–lay, floating floor, a semi–loose lay (secured only
along adjacent walls) floor or
with full spread adhesive. Always follow your flooring manufacturer's recommendations with regard to seams. Some loose lay
fiberglass vinyl floors cannot have seams.
If you are installing fiberglass flooring with a full spread adhesive, follow all the same installation steps as for
felt–backed sheet vinyl.
Install Loose Lay Fiberglass Vinyl
Use these procedures to install loose lay fiberglass vinyl flooring without seams. If seams for a loose lay fiberglass
vinyl installation are approved by the manufacturer, consider making a pattern of your flooring as explained under the
semi–loose lay section.
- Measure your installation area. Add 3 inches to each of your measurements.
- Cut out your fiberglass sheet vinyl floors based on your measurements.
- Place the fiberglass vinyl in the installation area. Carefully, trim away any excess around obstacles and walls.
Use these procedures for installing semi–loose lay fiberglass vinyl floors. If your semi–loose lay
flooring will not have any seams (or if your layout is simple), you do not have to create a pattern.
- Create a pattern of your floor using a pattern kit (available at most home improvement stores) or
use craft paper, scissors and tape. Make sure the pattern is flat on the floor at all times and account for all obstacles.
- Unroll your pattern on top of your fiberglass vinyl floors. Ensure there is a piece of vinyl beneath the entire pattern.
Try to position seams in low traffic areas. If your vinyl has visible lines such as grout lines in tile patterns, plan your
seams accordingly. Seams are much less visible if hidden within a grout line.
- At each seam, overlap the two pieces of fiberglass vinyl by at least 1". Make sure the patterns match so the seam
blends together. Tape the two pieces of fiberglass vinyl together.
- Use a utility knife to cut through BOTH pieces of fiberglass vinyl at each seam. Once cut, align the seam edges so they
are flush and tape securely with masking tape.
- Cut the rest of your vinyl to fit your pattern. Leave 3" around the perimeter.
- Once cut, carefully roll up the vinyl and take it to the installation area. (Consider sweeping/vacuuming the
installation areas just prior to laying down your fiberglass vinyl.)
- Unroll carefully and align correctly with the room. Trim all edges so they are flush with walls or obstacles. Leave expansion spacing per your manufacturer's recommendations.
- Roll back and place acrylic tape along one of the edges of the vinyl. Unroll and press the tape/vinyl to the subfloor.
- Along an adjacent wall, repeat step 8.
- If desired, place acrylic tape in an "X" under appliances.
- At seams, the fiberglass vinyl is secured to the other piece NOT to the subfloor. Roll back one sheet of vinyl and tape
with masking tape. Place a strip of acrylic tape along the whole edge of the second piece, but DO NOT remove the backing on
the floor side. Unroll the other piece of vinyl and align on the acrylic tape so the seam is flush. Use a seam sealer kit to
seal all seams as directed by your flooring manufacturer.
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