How to cut vinyl tiles

Cutting vinyl flooring

Cutting vinyl flooring: this is how it fits

While other floors require the technical knowledge of construction experts to cut and install them, vinyl flooring is popular not only for its appearance and easy maintenance, but also because it is easy to lay.

Cutting vinyl floors is sometimes very easy with a fresh cutter, in the case of solid vinyl with a laminate and vinyl cutter.

Above all else, laypeople must ensure that the layers that make up the soil are not shifted or destroyed. How to correctly adapt the vinyl floor to rooms.

This is what counts when cutting vinyl floors

If you have decided on a vinyl floor from our range, you are faced with the question of how the floor can be adapted to obstacles such as door sills, corners or heating pipes.

Only in the rarest of cases does the floor fit exactly into your room in width and length from the packaging. More likely, you will need to cut individual vinyl planks and tiles to size.

But what depends on which tools you need for this?

Cut click vinyl planks

Laying click vinyl is child's play for beginners and professionals alike. Since the boards already have a groove where they can simply be plugged together, you do not have to pay attention to any grouting and little preparation around the floor.

Click vinyl can simply be laid on a fleece to further insulate the step. Many click vinyl planks are already equipped with an impact sound insulation layer and only require a flat surface.

In most cases you can cut click vinyl with a sharp craft knife. Sawing with a miter saw or jigsaw is also possible in order to cut out surfaces.

Cut solid vinyl on carriers

Cutting vinyl up to 10 mm thick on MDF or HDF carriers is a bit of a challenge, as it cannot be shortened with a knife but only with a vinyl or laminate cutter.

To do this, you decide from the outset in favor of a robust construction that can also be walked on particularly quietly. This vinyl is particularly popular to line busy company rooms or public buildings. It is also a good choice in children's or animal rooms.

Cut easy-care full vinyl

With so-called full vinyl, the individual layers are dispensed with. This vinyl floor consists of pressed vinyl, which is refined with a maximum of decorative layers, but does not contain any carrier.

That is why solid vinyl is particularly thin and can easily be shaped with a craft knife. This vinyl is laid either floating or by gluing.

Cutting self-adhesive vinyl

If you decide on self-adhesive vinyl tiles and planks, these are usually relatively thin vinyl floors, which are mostly manufactured using the full process. You can easily cut these floors with a craft knife or use a miter saw or jigsaw.

Danger: Since adhesive vinyl has to level the subsurface independently, webs of fabric are sometimes attached here. In this case, you should definitely use a sharp knife to cut the tissue straight.

Here's how you can cut your vinyl floor

To lay your vinyl floor, first measure the space down to the millimeter and decide whether and in what width skirting boards should be attached. In this way, you can save a few centimeters of flooring in some cases and thus save on the width of the planks.

If you decide against calculating moldings, the vinyl floor must be flush with the wall with a maximum of around one centimeter of space. This space only applies to floating floors, while adhesive flooring can close to the millimeter without incurring any disadvantages.

Now measure how wide your planks or tiles are when the groove clicks into place or the joints are closed and keep a row of planks on the longest side of the room for later cutting.

You now lay the vinyl floor in this direction until no entire plank or tile fits into the room and the wall. Now choose the right cutting tool.

For solid floors, you can work with a saw or a vinyl floor cutter, solid vinyl can be cut with a cutter or carpet knife.

Important: Make sure that the cutting surface used is freshly sharpened in order not to tear out the material.

Cutting vinyl floors with a saw or vinyl floor cutter

Jigsaws and chop saws always come into play when a floor is too robust to cut with a knife. Mark the cutting points on the board and clamp the piece in place or hold it while the saw is in operation.

You can now cut along the drawn line.

Danger: If you want to continue to use both parts of the cut plank or tile, you should catch the end piece while sawing.

Floor made up of different layers can be damaged if it falls or kinks inside. The decoration can also fray as a result.

In this case, you should regrind carefully. You can save yourself this work with a vinyl cutter. Like a tile cutter, it ensures a straight cutting line that keeps both sides as intact as possible.

Cut vinyl flooring with a cutter or carpet knife

Since vinyl flooring is a floor covering made of plastic, it can be easily cut with a sharp cutter or knife, especially if it is a full floor.

With full vinyl floors, the individual planks and tiles are pressed into shape and consist of a continuous layer of vinyl. The soil is relatively soft and yet robust.

It is best to cut the soil from both sides. First, draw the lines on both sides of the board or tile to the millimeter and then carefully pull the knife through one side to approximately the middle of the workpiece.

Then turn the plank over on a firm surface and repeat the step from the other side. The parts can now be separated with a slight click. This procedure has the advantage that no frayed edges can arise.

Cut out pipes and corners with the jigsaw

It is true that it has become established among do-it-yourselfers that when laying the floor around heating pipes, instead of a hole, a whole gap is cut out to the outer edge of the pipe.

With a jigsaw, however, you can also cut a round hole into which the pipe can be clipped thanks to the cutting guide. This way of working with the jigsaw is small-scale and time-consuming, but it is worthwhile.

Of course, you can also cut corners and edges in the floor with a cutter. Make sure, however, that you work precisely and on a surface. This is the only way to ensure that the corners and edges really fit perfectly and that the vinyl floor does not later become crooked or go crazy on the surface.

If you want to use a saw for this work, you should use a chop saw. Many vinyl floor and laminate cutters can handle these smaller cuts as well.

In any case, before you finally fix the floor, you should check that there are no loose joints and connectors and carefully examine the floor for noises and giving in when you walk on it for the first time.

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