Compared to Hardwood flooring installation, vinyl flooring installation is relatively simpler. However, a not careful work can lead the project into a mess.
Vinyl flooring is a good option for a low cost DIY floors upgrading. Unlike the installation of hardwood flooring, this DIY project can be done with a simple tools. We provide a reliable step by step instruction to guide your vinyl installation.
1. Measuring The Work Area
The importance of getting the right measurement is that you can order your vinyl effectively. Since if the order actually more than it needed, it is a wasteful. But, if your order less than the amount needed, it is more dangerous because you can mess up the entire project.
2. Clearing The Work Area
Remove any potential obstruction around the work area. Start by removing furniture outside the room. After that, clean any small object on the subfloor to make sure the vinyl stick perfectly. Don’t forget to remove the existing carpet or flooring.
3. Make a Paper Template
Before you actually jump into the vinyl installation, you are highly recomended to make a paper template to get a precise measurements. Since the vinyl flooring will be installed segmently, having a paper template to ease the cut of vinyl.
Underlayer can be a shortcut to get a smooth, flatten or level subfloors surface. The underlayer is normally has a 1/4 inch thick layer of plywood that provides an obvious smoothness under the vinyl flooring. You can cut the underlayer plywood based on the template you have made.
Always keep in mind to install the underlayer using a stapler, not nails because it will bump up over the surfaces. After covering the entire room with an underlayer, leave them for 2 until 3 days so they allowed acclimating the humidity levels.
5. Vinyl Installation
Make sure you have decided on the pattern you love. Vinyl can be 12-inch square tiles or it can be formed as a sheet. When your vinyl comes as a sheet, you can do a cutting based on the template paper you have made earlier.
When the vinyl is actually a tile, applying a vinyl flooring can be similar to the rule of hardwood flooring installation.
6. Sticking Vinyl Flooring
There are 2 methods that depend on each fabrication. Vinyl flooring may need glue to get it stuck to the floor, another method is by peeling the thin layer above the vinyl, then let the adhesive backing do the self-stick.
As mentioned above, vinyl installation can be done by the segmental installation. This case can happen in terms of patterning so it keeps the pattern looks perfect.
7. Laying The Vinyl
After you glue the back surface of the vinyl, place the vinyl sheet/tiles flat and perfectly aligned with the row. Avoid a sliding when laying them, as this will ‘drag’ the adhesive.
Press The vinyl down to stick the adhesive. This also helps you to get the air bubbles out from the back of the vinyl surface. Apply the pressure with a floor roller to get a better result.
After a massive work of repetition by laying and rolling, then all the floor surface has successfully covered with a brand new vinyl flooring. Don’t be too hurry, wait several hours to get the glue perfectly worked.
If you work in the bathroom, use a caulk gun to caulk around the edges of the floor. This can protect the vinyl boundaries from water damage and help it stay last longer.
That’s it the step by step vinyl installation guidelines for you to do your own DIY project. Follow the instruction carefully to get the perfect result.