If you’ve recently invested in vinyl flooring for your home or commercial building, you’re likely eager to start living or working on it. However, this material will require a bit of research before you can start on the installation. If you’re hoping to do it yourself, use the following guide to get off on the right foot.
A Beginner’s Guide to Installing Vinyl Flooring
1. Readying the Subfloor
Luckily, vinyl planks can be installed on top of existing flooring, but you’ll still need to ensure the subfloor is flat and clean. For example, if you’re ripping up carpet, make sure that all staples and adhesive have been eliminated. If you’re laying the planks on top of concrete or wood, make sure you’ve swept, mopped, and dried the floor before starting.
2. Laying the Planks
To avoid spacing issues, start in the corner of a room and work outward. Each vinyl plank will feature a tongue and groove, and the first row should be positioned so that the tongue side faces the wall, and the resulting space can be covered with molding later. As you work, make sure the tongues and grooves snap together, and stagger each row, so the seams don’t line up. At the end of each row, you’ll need to cut a plank to fit in the remaining space with a rental floor cutter.
3. Hammering Them In
To ensure every piece of your vinyl flooring fits together like a puzzle, use a tapping block and a small-headed hammer to secure the individual planks. You might want to have someone put their weight on the neighboring plank to prevent the whole configuration from shifting as you hammer. If you’re working solo, you can sit on top of the newly laid planks instead of the subfloor to keep everything in place.
If you’re looking to purchase vinyl flooring and rent some installation machinery to finish the job, turn to Flag Floors of Barnesville in Belmont County, OH, today. In addition to vinyl planks, they also supply ceramic, carpet, and hardwood varieties, so you can add the ultimate finishing touch to your property. For more information on their inventory, visit their website. You can also call (740) 425-3344 to ask about installation rentals.