How Do You Install Roll-Out Flooring? (Explained)

Vinyl flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years, with homeowners and businesses alike embracing its properties. It’s durable, easy to clean and comes in a huge range of styles and colours. 

But how do you install it? In this article we’ll show you everything you need to know about installing roll out vinyl flooring so that your floors look great for years to come!

How to lay sheet vinyl flooring
The importance of preparing the subfloor
Tools required for roll out flooring installation
Roll out flooring installation can be a DIY project
Measuring a room for roll out flooring
Using adhesive with roll out flooring

Check The Site Conditions

Before you begin laying down your flooring, check the site conditions. First, make sure that the floor is flat and level. If it isn’t, use a level to adjust your flooring before installing it. 

You will also want to make sure there is no moisture in your new roll out flooring—if there is, let it dry out before installing or else you’ll risk damaging your new product! 

Don’t forget about debris either; if there’s any debris on top of the floorspace where you are installing, remove it first so nothing gets mixed up with your rolls. 

Finally, take a look at each individual roll of material itself: if there’s any damage or defects in any way (even tiny ones!), then don’t use those pieces until they’ve been replaced by professionals with those specific types of products (i.e., if one end drop-off from a delivery truck caused some minor dents on some rolls then those specific units would need replacing).

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Choose The Right Flooring

Roll out flooring is a type of floor covering that can be installed in any room and controlled with a remote. 

It’s an excellent choice for resellers who want to create an attractive shop environment, or those who need to cover large areas quickly but don’t want the hassle of laying rolls of carpet. 

Roll out flooring is also ideal for people who suffer from allergies since it eliminates dust mites, pollen and other allergens that contribute to allergy symptoms.

The first step is choosing the right roll-out flooring for your needs. Each material has different qualities, some better suited for one room than another:

Hardwood has a unique look that will last for years without taking up much space (although it does require more maintenance than other materials). It comes in many colors and styles so you can match any decorating scheme!

Carpet feels soft underfoot while still offering good insulation against dirt and noise pollution caused by children playing nearby – perfect if they live upstairs!

Roll Out Flooring Options

VinylWater-resistant, durable, comfortable underfootCan dent easily, lacks in scratch resistance
CarpetWarm, comfortable, and soft underfootStains easily, not water-resistant
RubberDurable, slip-resistant, noise-reducingLimited style options, can discolor over time
EpoxyDurable, scratch-resistant, easy to cleanRequires a professional installer, can be expensive
FoamSoft, cushioned, good for noise reductionNot ideal for high traffic areas, may not be as durable as other options

Trim And Re-Roll The Vinyl Flooring

To trim and re-roll the vinyl flooring, you will need a sharp utility knife. You can also use scissors, but a sharp knife is better.

With your straightedge, measure and mark the desired length of your first cut along one edge of the roll.

Cut out a piece of vinyl flooring with your knife or scissors.

Place this piece against another roll so that it overlaps slightly. Make sure they line up properly by holding them together at their edges and making sure that they line up evenly on all sides of each other’s perimeters (the outer edges).

Once everything lines up properly, secure these two pieces together using masking tape or duct tape (or some kind of adhesive).

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Prepare The Flooring Area

First, remove any furniture and other obstacles from the room. Sweep the floor clean of dust, dirt and debris. 

Make sure your floor is dry before installing your roll out flooring. If you are installing vinyl over a concrete slab, you will need to add a vapor barrier underlayment before installing the roll out flooring.

Loose-Lay The Flooring

The next step is to lay the flooring. Loose-lay means that you lay it in one direction, then roll over it with a roller to smooth out any bumps or air bubbles.

Roll out one row at a time, smoothing out each row with your hands after you have laid it down. You can use the same rolling pin or stapler to smooth out each row as well if you prefer (or don’t have access to a roller).

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Add A Vinyl Adhesive Where Required

Before you install the roll-out flooring, make sure you have applied the right type of adhesive to your floor.

Determine how much vinyl adhesive is needed for your project. If possible, use a measuring tape or yard stick to ensure that you don’t waste any extra adhesive.

Apply the vinyl adhesive with a roller over the subfloor and let it dry for at least 24 hours before walking on it.

Vinyl Adhesive Types

ApplicationCoverage AreaDrying Time
Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA)Requires moderate pressure to installCovers 150-200 square feet per gallonDries instantly
Acrylic adhesiveRequires the use of a trowel for installationCovers 150-200 square feet per gallonDries in 2-4 hours
Epoxy adhesiveRequires the use of a trowel for installationCovers 40-50 square feet per gallonDries in 12-24 hours
Urethane adhesiveRequires the use of a trowel for installationCovers 40-50 square feet per gallonDries in 12-24 hours

Create A Watertight Seam Sealer

You can install roll out flooring without a tape, but it’s best to use one. The tape helps to make the flooring watertight and therefore more durable.

If you’re using vinyl or PVC, you’ll need to apply a sealant along the seams of your roll out flooring. 

This will act as an adhesive for when you lay your new roll out flooring down on top of it later on in the process. 

You can use silicone caulk for this purpose if necessary, though most stores will have specially designed vinyl sealant that’s ideal for this job too (usually available next to where they sell their rolls).

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Cut Out Doorways And Other Obstables

Use a utility knife to cut out doorways and other obstables. Make sure to use a sharp blade, and change it when the blade gets dull.

A circular saw may be used if there are large areas that need to be cut out, such as with trim or baseboard molding. This will make it easier for you to install the flooring around those areas later on in the process

Maintain Your New Vinyl Floors

Keep it clean. A vinyl floor, like any other flooring, requires regular cleaning to keep it looking its best. Use a soft broom and dustpan to sweep up crumbs, pet hair and dirt from your vinyl floors daily. 

When the floor is especially dirty (such as at the end of a long day or after an event that brought in lots of people), use a damp mop with some mild soap and water to give the entire floor one thorough cleaning before going back to your regular routine.

Keep it dry. Like other types of hardwood floors, roll out floors can be damaged if they get wet for extended periods of time—especially when exposed to warm temperatures such as those found in bathrooms or kitchens during summer months when no air conditioning is available! 

If you know there will be flooding in your home because of heavy rainstorms or power outages caused by hurricanes like Florence or Michael last year (and now Matthew!), protect your roll out flooring by moving rugs away from doors so they aren’t exposed directly on top

of bare concrete surfaces where they could absorb moisture directly into their fibers over time!

Keep it safe! If any sharp objects fall onto your new roll out flooring accidentally – beware! You may damage its surface permanently if left untreated too long after being punctured.

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Vinyl Roll Out Flooring Is Easy To Install, Clean And Maintain

Installation requires no special tools, but if you are installing it in a room that is only accessible through existing doorways or hallways then you will need to buy some extra panels or smaller pieces so that there is enough room for the panels to roll out without being caught in a doorway.

Maintenance on this product is very easy as well because it can be swept off or vacuumed when needed. 

It doesn’t become discolored easily unless they have been scratched with sharp objects like keys or knives; however, even if this happens all you need to do is peel back your damaged vinyl and add some new pieces of vinyl over top of these areas where they have been damaged so it won’t be noticeable anymore!


We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the benefits of vinyl roll out flooring and how to install it. If you’re ready to get started on your own vinyl flooring project, we encourage you to contact us today! 

Our team at Vinyl Floor Installations will help you choose the right type of flooring for your home or business. We also offer free quotes on all our installations, so there’s no obligation when contacting us.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources to help you with the installation of roll out flooring:

Lowes: How to Install Sheet Vinyl Flooring: A step-by-step guide on installing sheet vinyl flooring, including preparation and tools required.

What is Vinyl: How to Install Vinyl Sheet Flooring: An in-depth guide on installing vinyl sheet flooring, with tips on installation methods and patterns.

Tapi Carpets: How to Fit Vinyl Flooring: A comprehensive guide on fitting vinyl flooring, with instructions on cutting, gluing, and finishing.


How do I prepare my subfloor for roll out flooring installation?

Before installing your roll out flooring, make sure your subfloor is clean, dry, and free of any debris or bumps. Sand or level any rough areas, and fill in any holes or cracks.

What tools do I need to install roll out flooring?

You will need a utility knife, a straight edge or square, a tape measure, a roller, and a towel or rag for cleaning.

Can I install roll out flooring myself?

Yes, roll out flooring can be installed as a DIY project. However, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and take necessary safety precautions.

How do I measure my room for roll out flooring?

Measure the length and width of your room and multiply the two numbers together to get the total square footage. Add 10 percent to account for waste or errors.

Do I need to use adhesive with roll out flooring?

It depends on the type of roll out flooring you have. Some flooring comes with a self-adhesive backing, while others require adhesive to be applied to the subfloor. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details.