How to Install Floating Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring that features a click-lock system is quite easy to install. Choose flooring with waterproof joints between the planks. An advantage of vinyl flooring, particularly for Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts, is that the planks can be seamlessly transitioned across rooms without the need for expansion joints. Vinyl flooring is durable.

Let the vinyl flooring get acclimatized to the room temperature before installation. Let the planks lie for up to 48 hours. Keep both ends of the carton open, and don’t stack them higher than 8 feet.

Vinyl can easily be installed over most hard surfaces such as concrete, plywood, and ceramic tile. The subfloor must be clean and flat. Ensure flatness by evening out any raised surfaces and filling in cavities in the subflooring. Clear the subfloor of all nails and screws. Remove these or push them under the flooring. For tiled flooring, you will have to scrape off the mortar after removing the tile. Ensure that wooden subfloors are properly fastened. Concrete subflooring needs to be at least 60 days old.

If the subfloor is concrete, then you must install a moisture barrier between the concrete and vinyl. This is to prevent the accumulation of moisture, mold, and mildew over time. For plywood subfloors, install a vapor barrier. There are underlayments available that act as both moisture and vapor barriers. In addition, they may also serve as noise insulators and keep the heat from escaping.

Plan the install by measuring the floor. The planks need to run in one direction. You can draw chalk lines as markers for laying down the planks. Leave some space, around ¼” around furniture and around walls to allow for expansion. There are trim options available to conceal the bare space.

You can create cool designs through mixing and matching the vinyl sheets from the different cartons that you get. Because the planks can easily and quickly be put in place through the click-lock interlocking system, you can get through the laying of vinyl flooring very smoothly and quite quickly.

Wherever the planks need to be cut, you might be able to do so without using power tools. A regular straight edge knife would suffice. Just score the vinyl sheet, and snap it along a straight line. With some planning, you’ll have very little waste. All the pieces can be used. But as a safe practice, factor in around 5% waste and order accordingly. You will have to use tools to shape the flooring around odd angles and curves that present themselves for example, around doors and pillars.
Check each vinyl piece for defects before you set it in place. Set aside damaged pieces. While the flooring can extend under appliances that can be lifted, it obviously cannot go under fixed objects. You have to work your way around fixed table legs and such things.

Vinyl flooring is cheap and highly durable. With a little care, it can easily be installed as a DIY project.

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