The Best Way to Cut Vinyl Flooring

by Jane Melcher
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Looking to install vinyl flooring in your home? Here’s a guide to the best way to cut vinyl flooring, so you can get the job done right.

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No matter what kind of vinyl flooring you have, chances are you will need to cut it at some point during the installation process. While vinyl is generally a very easy flooring material to work with, cutting it can be a bit tricky, especially if you have never done it before. In this article, we will show you the best way to cut vinyl flooring, no matter what type it is.

What You Need

To cut your vinyl flooring, you will need the following tools:
-Tape measure
-Pencil or marker
-Straight edge
-Utility knife or hand-held cutting tool
-Ruler or T-bar

The Best Way to Cut Vinyl Flooring

There are a few different ways that you can cut vinyl flooring, but the best way will depend on the type of vinyl flooring that you have and the tools that you have available.

If you have a vinyl floor that is made of multiple pieces that snap together, the best way to cut it is with a utility knife. You will need to score the top of the vinyl tile with the utility knife in order to make a clean cut. Once you have scored the top of the tile, you can simply snap it along the line that you have scored.

If you have a sheet of solid vinyl flooring, the best way to cut it is with a power saw. You can use either a circular saw or a jigsaw for this. Just be sure to use a blade that is designed for cutting vinyl. You should also make sure that you are wearing eye protection when using either of these power tools.

No matter what type of vinyl flooring you have, always make sure that you measure twice before making any cuts. It is also important to wear gloves when cutting vinyl flooring in order to avoid accidentally cutting yourself on the sharp edges of the material.


After reading this guide, you should have a better understanding of the best way to cut vinyl flooring. There are a few different methods that can be used, and the type of cutter you use will largely depend on the thickness of the vinyl and the type of pattern you are trying to achieve. If you are working with a very thick vinyl, it may be necessary to use a power saw, but for most projects, a simple utility knife will do the trick. Whichever method you choose, be sure to take your time and work slowly to ensure a clean, straight cut.

About the author

Jane Melcher

Jane is a stay-at-home small business mom. She makes more than her husband selling her creations on Etsy.


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