Vinyl Flooring

Tips on How to Install Your Vinyl Planking Flooring

It is quite easy to install vinyl planking flooring in your home. Therefore, if you want to have a new look in your home in just one weekend, choose vinyl flooring. In this article, we are going to checkout some steps you need to follow to install your vinyl flooring.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Prepare the subfloor

The first thing you need to do is to prepare your subfloor so as to make sure the installation is as smooth as possible. In addition to that, it is crucial to prepare the surface where you will be laying on the floor. You can also lay the vinyl on an existing floor such as laminate, parquet, linoleum or vinyl, and tiles.

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The most crucial factor is to make sure the subfloor is clean, even and dry. If the floor is not even (parquet bevels, tile joints or any other kind of cracks) consider using a levelling compound. Note that vinyl is very soft and can easily be seen underneath. Another thing, you can use it with a textile backing to ensure the irregularities are sorted out on the subfloor. You can use Essential 220T, Essential 280T as well as Exclusive 280T.

After that, the next step is to clean the subfloor. You can use a neutral cleaning solutions to get rid of any form of dust or dirt and ensure it is dry before you embark on the installation process. If the surface is even or smooth, you may need a primer to help stick the vinyl flooring to the subfloor.

Prepare the flooring

It is crucial that you acclimatize the flooring for about 24 hours before you start the installation process at a room temperature of 15 degree Celsius. After that, unroll the flooring and slice them. Allow an extra 20cm to ensure you are not short of material once you are done with the installation.

Installing the flooring

Sheet direction

Generally, as a rule, flooring installation follows the main light source direction. However, if your space is narrow, such as a corridor, run the sheets along the length of the space, regardless the direction of the light. Far from wood designs, you should install the sheets in the opposite direction to make rendering homogeneous. Don’t worry about this as it is vividly outlined within the product description. For the installation to be successful, ensure the joints are separate from the doors and don’t coincide with areas with a lot of traffic.

Installation techniques

There are three primary methods of installing flooring, but this depends on the usage of your room as well as its size. If you have a small room, that means traffic is high, and for that reason, you should considered it as medium sized.

If your room measures approximately 12m2, then you need the loose-lay installation. You only need to lay the vinyl on top of the subfloor, unroll and cut them into size and you are done.

If your room is medium, approximately 25m2, semi-loose installation will work just fine. To secure the flooring, use a double-faced duct tape.

For large rooms that are more than 25m2, glue installation is the best option. The water-based spray adhesive is the best because it is not only easy to install, but also eco-friendly.

Finishing touches

For the best result, make sure you add some skirting around your room as it will protect the corners of the sheet as well as the bottom of the wall. This will make cleaning easier, and will add some touch of class to the finished look.

The following are the common types of skirting:

Flexible self-adhesive skirting

This one is available in several colors and are easy to install. It also feature a foam backing and adapt to any setting, making installation easy.

Flexible double sided self-adhesive skirting

For this one to work, you need to put a piece of the floor for the best match

Classic hard flooring skirting

This one can be screwed or glued to the walls

Conclusion

Generally, it is quite easy to install vinyl in your home. However, just make sure the subfloor is dry, clean and even.  Also, don’t rush into thing, ensure the floor is acclimatized for at least 24 hours before you install your vinyl.

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