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- On July 10, 2016
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Gluing a linoleum floor is a messy process, both when you install the floor and when you’re ready to remove it. There are other options for installing your linoleum flooring that can help you if you need a fast floor covering over any subfloor, including concrete. It’s difficult to staple into concrete and glue doesn’t always adhere well to it, but you can float your floor over it.
Float the linoleum on the floor
Floating a floor refers to laying it in place without securing it to the subfloor. It’s common in several types of floor installations, including hardwood and linoleum. If you change your flooring often or need a quick fix while you’re making renovations, a floating floor may be your best option.
It’s also handy for people who rent out their homes or portions of their homes, such as a basement suite. You can change out a floating linoleum floor in just a few hours with minimal work:
- Start by removing the baseboard and shoe molding trim and set it aside; you can reuse it without needing to buy more.
- Cut the linoleum to match the room’s measurements, then unroll it over the subfloor.
- Reattach the baseboards and shoe molding to finish the installation. The trim covers the expansion gap and keeps the edges from moving.
Ensure that the floor is level
As a thin, solid sheet, linoleum tends to show dents and ridges from the subfloor below. Glue can help even these out slightly, so if you’re not using glue, ensure that the floor is level and flat before laying the linoleum by filling indentations with putty and sanding high spots.
Another option is to install an underlayment over your existing subfloor. A plywood underlayment is ideal for linoleum, although you can use backer board or other underlayment products. An underlayment raises the level of the floor, so make sure you have room to put it under or around appliances.
Installing linoleum floor
Cutting the linoleum
Take your time when measuring and cutting the linoleum. The sheet is installed in one piece without seams, so there’s no room for error when cutting around obstacles like cabinets or toilets. Making a template from taped-together newspaper pages or roofing felt can help. Cut the template until it fits around the obstacles in the room, then lay it on the unrolled sheet of linoleum and cut it to match the template.
Always leave an expansion gap around the edges of about 1/4 inch.
With any type of linoleum installation, there are a few tips that can help you lay the flooring successfully. Unroll the sheet and leave it in the room for at least two days. This allows the linoleum to acclimate to the environment of the room, helping to prevent buckling and warping after installation.
Use a floor roller
A floor roller, which you can rent at most home improvement stores, can be your biggest ally when installing the linoleum. Once you have it placed on the floor, roll outward from the center in every direction with the floor roller. The weighted roller pushes out wrinkles or bubbles in the linoleum before you secure it in place.
Alternative to gluing
If you need a more permanent solution but want a simpler installation process than gluing, you can staple the linoleum to plywood or particle board floors. Once you cut and unroll the linoleum, use a staple gun with floor staples around the edges to hold the floor securely in place. Add the baseboard and shoe molding to hide the staples. These are easy, although tedious, to remove later with a claw hammer or flat-head screwdriver when it’s time to replace the linoleum.
If you’re laying the linoleum in a bathroom, where it’s likely to get wet often, you can also apply a bead of silicone caulk over the staples and expansion joint to make sure no water can penetrate the flooring. The caulk is flexible, allowing the floor to expand as necessary, but you can remove it later by cutting through an end with a utility knife and peeling it away from the floor.
Author: Shala Munroe