Fiberglass vinyl sheets can be installed in a “loose lay” fashion. That means the entire sheet does not need to be glued down. There are a few scenarios where you might choose this installation. If you desire a more temporary flooring, are installing in a low traffic area, or are considering DIY installing vinyl sheet flooring, then the loose lay method is right for you.
Here are the basic steps for loose laying vinyl sheets. However, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions:
Unroll the vinyl sheet into the room you’re installing in. Line up any seams and make sure the sheet is properly square to the room.
- Let the sheet acclimate for 24 hours before cutting it to fit the room. Then spread the sheet out so it’s square to the room.
- Use a sharp utility knife to cut around walls and obstructions, leaving a 1/8” – 1/4” gap so it lies flat without any bunching up or pinching. Cut straight edges using a ruler as a guide.
- For a modified loose lay installation, double-sided tape is used around the edges and under seams of the vinyl sheet. This secures it in place.
Note: There can only be one major seam with this method. If you have a larger space that requires multiple seams, you will need to use a fully adhered installation method.
This installation is also not great for high-traffic areas. Even with tape, it’s not fully secure. For the best results, really high-traffic installations need to be glued down.