Covering your basement floor with vinyl flooring is a good choice if you use your basement as a laundry room or home gym. Vinyl flooring is inexpensive and easy to install, and is appropriate for most utilitarian spaces. However, if you plan on using your basement as an extra bedroom or home theater room, try choosing carpet or wood flooring instead.
Step 1: Clean the surface of the basement floor to remove any dirt, oil, or other stains. Your basement floor must be clean, dry, and level before continuing.
TIP: It is highly recommended that you use a self leveling compound to create a new surface to which you can adhere the vinyl flooring. Thin vinyl flooring will telegraph the cracks and imperfections on your basement floor to the surface of the vinyl.
Step 2: Seal the basement floor with a concrete sealer before installing the vinyl flooring. Apply the sealant with a paint roller, starting from the wall farthest from the exit. Allow the sealant to dry, then apply a second coat. After both coats have dried, you can then proceed.
Step 3: Apply a coat of vinyl adhesive roughly the size of one row of vinyl flooring.
Step 4: Unroll the vinyl flooring so it covers the adhesive. Cut the vinyl flooring when it reaches the other end of the room using a utility blade. You may need to use a metal straightedge to help you cut a straight line.
Step 5: Press down on the vinyl flooring to ensure that there are no air bubbles. Use a rolling pin to work any air bubbles from underneath the floor to the seams.
Step 6: Lay the next row of vinyl flooring, using the exact same technique used to install the first row. Continue until all of the vinyl flooring has been installed.
Step 7: Use a weighted roller to firmly adhere all of the vinyl flooring to the basement floor, as well as remove any air bubbles that you may have missed.
Step 8: Install baseboards around the perimeter of the room to cover wear the edges of the vinyl flooring meet the basement wall.