Step By Step Process Of Putting Linoleum Over A Wood Floor
Linoleum flooring have different layers that are bonded together in the manufacturing process. The bottom layer is usually cork, which helps give the linoleum an adaptable feel underfoot. You can find linoleum planks as well as tiles, however, one of its most common & popular installation is as sheets, which generally measure 6 feet 7 inches wide. Along with a huge range of other subfloors, linoleum can be placed or fixed over wood until the wood floor is flat, dry, level and smooth. All nails as well as screws must be set underneath the surface of the wood in order to make sure that they don’t damage the linoleum.
- Sweep The Floor With Vacuum: First of all, sweep the floor with the help of a vacuum in order to get rid of any debris. Place a straight piece of lumber on the floor before shining a flashlight under it. If you notice light on the other side, it indicates that you have a low spot. Mark the spot before moving the board and shine the light again. Continue to work your way through the room looking for low spots and marking them. If you see high spots or ridges, then mark them as well.
- Self-leveling Floor Compound: Now, spread self-leveling floor compound to the low spots. Feather the edges to blend with the adjoining flooring. Permit the compound to dry fully. Sand the edges gently to work out any rough spots. Lower the high spots with the help of a hand sander. Vacuum the floor again after you finish sanding.
- Pry Off Quarter-round Or Shoe Molding: Pry off quarter-round or shoe molding with the help of a pry bar. Move the pry bar smoothly betwixt the molding as well as the wall and firmly pull the molding away from the wall. Set it to one side so that you can reinstall it later. Calculate or compute the thickness of the linoleum. Trim the bottom of all doorframes away by that amount with the help of a handsaw.
- Unroll The Underlayment Sheets: Unroll the underlayment sheets that is usually suggested by the linoleum manufacturer. It is important to keep a small gap betwixt each sheet. Stagger end joints in order to make sure that they aren’t the same all across the room. To do this, begin each & every row of underlayment with a different length sheet. Attach the underlayment with 3d ring shank nails spaced 4 inches apart on seams as well as 6 inches apart in the center of the underlayment sheets. Seal all seams in the underlayment with the help of self-leveling compound applied using a trowel. As soon as the compound dries, sand any rough edges before vacuuming the sanding dust.
- Measure The Length & Width Of The Room: Unroll the linoleum somewhere you can cut it. Calculate or compute the length as well as the width of the room, such as closets and doorways and add nearly 3 inches to all sides. Trim the linoleum sheet before rolling it back up and take it to the room where you are going to install it. Center the linoleum on the floor before aligning a piece of lumber parallel with the wall. Push the wood into the wall in order to help form a crease in the linoleum where the wall connects with the floor. Make “V” cuts in the linoleum when it comes to corners & then cut the linoleum using a hook blade on a utility knife.
- Fold Half Of The Linoleum Back Onto The Other Half: Bend half of the linoleum back onto the other half. Put weights on the half you are not gluing or tape it in place with the help of a masking tape. Spread adhesive to the thickness that is usually suggested by the flooring’s manufacturer onto the floor with the help of a trowel. Allow the adhesive get tacky for the amount of time suggested by the manufacturer. Carefully unbend the linoleum into position. Apply pressure to the flooring with the help of a floor roller, which in turn seats the linoleum into the glue. Start in the center of the room and work your way to the walls. Roll the entire floor in one direction, before rolling it again at right angles to the first.
- Fold The Other Half Of The Linoleum Over The Set Half: Bend the other half of the linoleum over the set half. Spread the glue and allow it to get tacky. Set the linoleum into the glue before rolling it. Roll the entire floor again & allow the glue to dry for at least 24 to 72 hours before moving furniture onto it. Restrict the amount of foot traffic on the floor as well. Reattach the molding using finishing nails set into the wall and not the floor.