How to Cut Vinyl Flooring in 6 Ways

Cutting vinyl flooring can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not familiar with the tools involved—or lack prior DIY renovation experience. Did you know there are numerous ways to achieve precise cuts depending on the type of vinyl

If you’re wondering how to cut vinyl flooring, you’ve come to the right place. 

Our article aims to guide you through the various methods (and tools) used to cut vinyl flooring for easy installation. If you’re concerned about tackling a bigger project—we recommend reaching out to our professional contractors at JC Construction and Remodeling, where we offer a diverse range of flooring and tiling options—including vinyl. Professional jobs can eliminate all the guesswork, and ensure a pristine, stylish finish. 

Basic Techniques for Cutting

worker installing the floor tile

Vinyl Flooring

The score and snap method is perhaps the most simple yet effective technique for cutting vinyl flooring—however, there’s a number of ways to go about things as a DIY beginner. 

Score and Snap Method

The ‘score and snap’ method, a basic technique for cutting vinyl flooring, offers homeowners precision and clean cuts. You’ll begin by scoring the vinyl along your desired cut line using a sharp utility knife—an essential tool in any DIY installation kit.

This technique applies to three types of cuts: crosscuts (short cuts made across the plank), rip cuts (long parallel cuts along the length of the plank), and lengthwise cuts where you slice through the entire length of the vinyl plank.

After scoring, apply pressure to snap off your marked piece perfectly. Safety is paramount here; always ensure you’re wearing safety goggles and gloves during this process.

Utilizing a contour blade with your utility knife can make this process more comfortable while saving substantial time compared to other methods. The Score and Snap method works excellently on various types of vinyl floors including LVP or WPC vinyl flooring as well as SPC vinyl making it a popular choice amongst homeowners undertaking DIY projects.

Utility Knife

using knife to cut vinyl flooring

Mastering the art of cutting vinyl flooring with ease begins with a basic, yet effective tool – the utility knife. This widely used instrument simplifies the process of precision cutting for vinyl flooring, making it an ideal choice even for novices.

The concept is simple; score your vinyl plank using this sharp blade, then snap off accurately calculated pieces to fit your design layout perfectly.

This method particularly shines when cutting thinner variants like peel and stick flooring or standard vinyl tiles. A straight edge alongside your razor knife ensures clean cuts every single time.

Even fitting around tricky corners and objects can be handled effectively using a utility knife, making it a versatile piece within your toolkit. However, bear in mind that thicker types could require alternative methods for optimum results.

Vinyl Tile Cutter

Using a vinyl tile cutter can make your vinyl flooring project a lot easier and safer. This tool is designed for precision and efficiency, perfect for homeowners looking forward to a do-it-yourself installation.

The process involves adjusting the measurements on the cutter, then placing your vinyl planks on it, ensuring they’re perfectly aligned before making the cut. A swift push down on the handle will result in an exact and clean-cut plank ready for installation without any rough edges or debris to worry about.

Advanced Techniques for Cutting Vinyl Flooring

Advanced techniques for cutting vinyl flooring might include using a handsaw or table saw, a miter saw, and jigsaw. These tools provide slightly more precision and control when cutting vinyl flooring—especially for more intricate cuts or angles.

Handsaw or Table Saw

To achieve precise and clean cuts when working with vinyl flooring, using a handsaw or table saw is an advanced technique that can yield excellent results. Unlike basic cutting methods, these tools provide more control and accuracy, ensuring your vinyl planks are cut to the exact size you need for a seamless installation.

A miter saw, for example, is perfect for making cross cuts and cutting angles on vinyl flooring planks, allowing you to create complex patterns or fit pieces around corners effortlessly. Additionally, there are table saw blades specifically designed for cutting vinyl plank flooring which produce smooth edges without any chipping or splintering.

Miter Saw

before installation of flooring cutting with miter saw

A miter saw is a versatile tool that can make cutting vinyl flooring a breeze. With its precision and power, it allows homeowners to achieve clean and accurate cuts for their vinyl plank flooring projects.

When using a miter saw to cut vinyl flooring, it’s important to select the right blade—one that is fine-toothed and carbide-tipped specifically designed for laminate or vinyl flooring. This ensures smooth cuts without any chipping or splintering.

A miter saw is perfect for making rip cuts in vinyl plank flooring, as well as crosscuts to shorten planks or create angles around obstacles. Its adjustable settings allow for precise measurements and angled cuts, making it ideal for creating seamless transitions between different areas of the floor.

Jigsaw

One advanced technique for cutting vinyl flooring is by using a jigsaw. A jigsaw equipped with a carbide-tipped blade is the ideal tool for this task. The beauty of using a jigsaw lies in its versatility and precision, allowing you to make intricate cuts with ease.

Whether it’s cutting around door frames or tackling longer, curved lines, a jigsaw can handle it all. Just be sure to choose a blade specifically designed for cutting plastic materials to ensure clean and smooth cuts.

Tips for Cutting Vinyl Flooring

Cutting vinyl flooring can be a precise process, but with the right tips and tricks, you can achieve clean and accurate cuts. First, make sure to measure and mark your vinyl flooring accurately before making any cuts.

This will help ensure that your cuts are in the right place and fit seamlessly into your space.

When cutting vinyl flooring planks, it’s important to use the recommended tools for the job. A sharp utility knife or a vinyl tile cutter can work wonders when it comes to achieving straight and smooth cuts.

For more advanced cutting needs, such as cutting around objects or obstacles, using a handsaw or jigsaw along with careful measurements can do the trick.

Choose JC Construction for Your Tile NeedsConclusion

Cutting vinyl flooring might seem like a task only professionals can handle—with the right technique and tools—it can be done easily by any homeowner. Whether you choose the score and snap method, or want to invest in a vinyl tile cutter, there are multiple ways to achieve clean cuts on your vinyl flooring prior to installation. 

For more advanced cuts or expansive flooring projects, we always recommend reaching out to a professional contractor at JC Construction and Remodeling. Contact us today for a free estimate on your vinyl flooring project.