Vinyl Plank Flooring Pros And Cons
Vinyl plank flooring is an increasingly attractive choice of flooring material for use in the home. The easy care properties and the durability of this product with a variety of options to suit many budgets have attributed to this rise in popularity. It’s also reasonably simple for DIY-ers to install themselves.
You will need:
A tape measure
A utility knife
Vinyl plank flooring
Step One: How much do you need?
To determine the amount of vinyl plank flooring you require, calculate the square footage of the area you intend to cover. (Multiply the length by the width to find the square footage.) Add 10% to this amount.
Step Two: Product Selection
Now you know your sizing requirements, it’s time to select what kind of vinyl plank flooring you would like. There’s a variety of looks, colors, and textures available on the market, so take the time to shop around.
Step Three: Plank Acclimation
After purchasing your vinyl plank flooring, allow it to sit in the room it is to be installed in for 24 hours. It will expand and contract according to the environment. Allowing it to do this prior to installation will prevent gaps in the flooring.
Step Four: Sub-Floor Preparation
Sweep the sub floor to ensure the installation surface is free from excess dirt and grit. The sub floor surface should be as smooth as possible to ensure the adhesive will stick.
Step Five: Allow for Expansion
Even after acclimatization, vinyl plank flooring will expand and contract, so you should leave approximately ¼ inch of space around the outer edge. This gap can be hidden with quarter round after installation, yet still allowing for the flooring to move freely.
Step Six: Lay the Vinyl Plank Flooring
Expose the adhesive by peeling off the shielding layer from one of the planks. Stick it to the floor immediately. It’s best to work in rows until you get all the way across the room, so peel the protective layer from your second plank and lay it next to the first.
Step Seven: Finishing a Row
Once you reach the far outside edge, you will need to cut the plank to fit. Measure the distance between the last plank and the wall. Mark this distance minus ¼” (your expansion gap) on a plank. Use the straightedge on top of the plank to ensure you make a straight cut. Now the piece should fit just right.
Step Eight: Finishing Up
Continue laying your vinyl plank flooring in rows until the floor is completely covered. The flooring should be ready to walk on almost immediately, so you can install your quarter round or baseboards straight away.
Congratulations! You have finished installing your new floor. Remember the following simple care tips to keep your vinyl plank flooring looking as good as new:
-Sweep regularly to prevent dirt from grinding into and damaging the surface.
-Use a sponge or cotton string mop to reduce the risk of scratches.
-Don’t use harsh abrasive cleaners, it will damage the finish.
-Vinyl doesn’t need to be waxed.