If you have just decided that luxury vinyl flooring planks or tiles are the product for you and look to spare yourself the expense of having a professional installation, you may find yourself scouring the internet for a guide on how to properly install them.
It certainly is one of the easier options when it comes to flooring, but there are some steps to take to ensure it is laid correctly the first time.
As giddy as you are to install your new flooring straight away, your subfloor must be a combination of dry, flat, and clean 24 hours before starting the work.
There are several ways you can go about this, and you should always discuss it with a professional before undertaking it. To ensure the planks lay down flat you may require the purchase of underlayment to the specifics of the room. You will need to unroll this in the same direction as the vinyl flooring will be going to stabilize the boards placed on top.
Try to remove skirting boards and other trim cautiously before you begin so they can be put back once the vinyl floor has been put down.
Before putting down your first layer, be sure of the direction you are planning on your planks to face.
The first row typically should be laid against your first wall, known as the feature wall or most visible. The final plank row should be at least half the size of a full plank, as the first and last planks must not be smaller than half in size. If your final plank falls short, go to the first plank and shorten it so that both fit the requirement and fits perfectly.
Using a utility knife, cut the boards by measuring the new edge with a square tool, running the knife along the side of the tool to score it.
Using a saw is not necessary for this instance and can end up quite messy. By doing it the way above you can divide the plank with light touches, enabling it to simply snap off when flipped over. If it doesn’t happen this way, simply continue to score until it does.
If you are happy with the row you have made, the planks are ready to be snapped together into place. No glue or nails are required in this process as Quick-Step luxury vinyl and similar brands are very flexible and tough, so you will not need much force to bring them together.
To achieve the best natural wood look, you can vary the lengths of the boards on the second row so that they don’t line up in uniformity. Use whatever remains of the last plank on the first row for the first plank of the following row.
Ideally, mix up the boxes to get better colour and pattern combinations, and if a stubborn plank shows its face you can use a hammer to gently tap it into the click joint to get the row flat. Be sure to double-check that nothing else moves out of place if you have to do this step.
Following these simple instructions will find your new floor laid in a simple afternoon. Be sure to leave the floor to settle in for a maximum of 48 hrs before exposing it to heavy traffic. Avoid the room if possible, or just tread lightly one at a time if it’s a passage room.
Luxury vinyl flooring may seem a complicated design to install, but with proper guidelines, it can be as simple as it sounds. Always check with your supplier when buying if they have a set installation plan to hand.
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