Installation Guide For Different Vinyl Floors

Despite being aesthetically pleasing, vinyl floors possess several qualities that most home owners these days prefer them more than any other types of flooring. These factors include their durability and resistance to water making them water proof and a best choice. Their ability to resist moisture, affordability and ability to retain noise makes vinyl floors an exception in most modern day households. Soon after purchasing your vinyl floorings, comes a time when you will need to install them perfectly in your designated area. This may seem like a difficult thing to do but with a detailed step by step guideline on how to install vinyl floors, it should not be any problem. This detailed guide will let you in on how to install glue down   flooring, peel and stick flooring and SPC flooring.

 

Glue Down Flooring

glue down flooring

Glue down involves the use of an adhesive to stick the planks to the subfloor. This type is quite affordable and provides a good looking finish once its done .If you are looking for an a durable installation method then look no further because glue down flooring is long lasting and stable if effectively installed.

What materials can you use to install glue down flooring
  • Utility knife
  • Trowel
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Soft brush
  • Floor roller
  • Underlayment
  • Flooring adhesive/glue
  • Desired vinyl flooring planks

How To Install Glue Down Flooring

1.Preparation

The first and most important thing to do before any installation is Preparation. This involves ensuring that the subfloor is clean and free from any irregularities. Take away all carpets and doormats and make sure you leave the subfloor exposed, dry and clean. If there are any damages on the subfloor, there is need to make sure they are repaired before any work can be done on the floor. Part of preparation is making sure the planks you are going to use have adapted to the room temperature of the designated area there are going to be installed. This means there is need to put the planks inside the room for at least 48hrs so that they can acclimatize.

2.Planning

Once preparation is out of the way, then comes in the need to plan. Assuming you already know the area where you want to install the vinyl planks, plan the estimated layout putting into consideration the lighting, shape of the room as well as the effect of direct sunlight penetration of the room. Determine the center point and using a chalk line mark the first part you are going to do your glue flooring installation.

When measuring the distance from the center point to the wall, make sure it is parallel to the direction of the board, and then divide the measured value by the width of the board.

3.Installation procedure

Utilizing a trowel, begin from the central point and progress outward towards the desired area. The next step is to install your plank making sure it is straight and well aligned. There is need to press down the plank to make sure it sticks to the adhesive.

In the event that there are any air bubbles when you press down, make use of a floor roller to ensure there are no bubbles. Additionally, please bear in mind to remove any excess adhesive that may seep into the gaps between the planks by wiping it away or carefully using a knife to peel it off.

Choose your loved style as glue down vinyl flooring had many possibility to satisfy your imagination.Regular row planks,herringbone or the other use tile or carpet pieces.

After finish the installation,please use the suitable roller to pressure the surface.Clean any overflowing glue in time.

 

Peel And Stick Flooring

peel and stick flooring

Peel and stick flooring is yet another better choice of flooring in most modern housing. Looking into the pros of these type of flooring, you cannot deny the fact that they are fast and easy to install, and quite cost efficient too. When installing these type of vinyl flooring there is less possibilities of messy grout and neither do you need any special tools during the installation process. Peel and stick floors are water resistant and are easier to clean and they come in a wide variety of designs that fit many decorative styles. Now if you are wondering how best to DIY install these floors, then look no further.

Tools and materials to use
  • Chalk line
  • Rolling pin
  • Straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Peel and stick vinyl flooring planks/tiles
  • Floor adhesive (according to manufacture guide
How to install Peel and Stick Vinyl Floors
a) Preparation

The first task is to clean the surface on which you are going to lay your flooring. It is important to ensure the surface is dry and flattened before installation. This means it ought to be free from any grease, oils, water and any other irregularities. If by any chance you are installing on concrete there is also need to apply a primer adhesive to ensure a secure application. Preparation also includes placing the tiles flat in the intended room for about 48 hours prior to the installation day. This will allow the tiles to acclimate to avoid any risks of breakage. This can be done at a temperature of about 18 degrees Celsius.

b) Center alignment

Using a tape measure, find the center of the room. Once you have figured it out, make use of a chalk line to mark the center of the room where you are going to begin your peel and stick installation.

c) Installation

After you have determined the center of the room, it’s time to lay your planks out from the center of the room and leaving the back liner on. There is need to assess the outer edges soon after laying the tiles and determine if there is need to shift any other planks in a bid to avoid trimming any thin pieces.

The next step is to remove the backing and apply the planks to the floor. Starting from the center, remove backing from the first plank and firmly press down onto place. This is after making sure there is no remittance of dirt which may affect the strength of the plank. Rotate next plank and find a pattern match to the center plank you just installed and install tightly against the side of the first plank. Working on one quarter of the room at a time, apply planks in a uniform pattern. Upon reaching the edges of the walls, make use of a straight edge and utility knife to trim planks to fit area. Repeat this process working your way across the room until the whole room is equally covered.

Once you are done installing the whole room, make use of a tile roller to strengthen the bond between the floor and the plank. It is highly recommended that baseboards are lifted and reinstalled over the new floor to allow the room for expansion.

 

SPC Flooring

spc flooring

SPC normally referred to as the luxury vinyl flooring is well known for its core composition. This is by far the best type of floor to install in those high traffic areas of your property. It is hard to mention about SPC  flooring and not talk about the level of durability that comes with this rigid core. If you are looking for vinyl flooring that exhibits engineering and a rigid plank then, SPC is your best choice. It is a fact that 90% of SPC flooring is water proof and that is something you need to consider as a pros for buying this type of flooring. Amongst other things, SPC floors are quite easy to install and maintain as well. The planks are quite rigid making it easier to make clear cuts during installation. Also their smooth surface makes them easier to clean and a soft brush and dry mop can just be enough for the maintenance of SPC flooring.

Tools list
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber mallet
  • Spacers
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Underlayment ( necessary according to manufacturer guide)
  • Gloves and eye protector
  • Measuring tape
How to install SPC Flooring
①Preparation

Like any other type of flooring, there is need to prepare the subfloor before any installation can take place. This process is important in ensuring the floor is dry, clean and devoid of any irregularities. If there are any cracks or damages on the subfloor it is important to get that fixed beforehand and make sure the subfloor is left levelled. You may want to find out from your manufacturer too if its possibly to install your SPC floors on existing hard surfaces like concrete or tiles etc. It is also important in some instances to find out if an underlayment is required or not.

②Floor acclimation

There is need to leave your SPC vinyl planks in the room where you intend to install them for at least 48 hours, This is because they need to adjust to the room temperature and humidity and eradicate any risks of expansion after installation.

③ Measuring and Cutting

Take accurate measurements of the width of the the room and divide it with the width of the full plank. This will help in cutting a balanced layout and avoiding any possible cut outs. Pleasew note that if your SPC requires an underlayment then you typically need to roll out the underlayment across ther entire floor srea aqnd ensure that it overlaps at the seams.

④Installation

Unlike most vinyl planks that start their installation at the center, you need to start at the corner of the room when installing SPC vinyl flooring. Lay down the first plank and leave a small gap between the plank and the wall to allow room for expansion. You may consider using spacers as a way to maintain the gaps throughout the process. Slide the next plank at an angle and lock it in gently using a rubber mallet. Continue laying down your planks and cutting whenever necessary to feel in the desired part. For the cutting you may make use of a utility knife or a sow if necessary. Remember to be cautious. In order to achieve a more natural looking finish, you need to stagger the joints by at least 6 inches.

Continue installation row by row making sure there aren’t any visible gaps or any unevenness in the flooring. If yes then there is need to make some necessary adjustments.

Once you are done and satisfied with the outlook, install some baseboards to cover any expansion gaps and create a finished look.

If you successfully manage to install your SPC vinyl floors then you are guaranteed of a durable and aesthetically pleasing outlook.

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It is of much importance to always follow instructions and guidelines from the manufacturer. This is because different types of vinyl floors have a rather unique and different way on how to install them. Also different brands may also have a specific way on how to install their particular type of flooring. That being said do not overlook any specific guidelines from your manufacturer. Also when installing your vinyl flooring, please be cautious and wear protective clothing in form of gloves and eye protectors.

Having this knowledge and skill will be useful in case of any mishaps or accidents during the installation process. You may also want to engage with a professional installer in the event that you cannot do it yourself (DIY). They are more vexed and experienced on how to install vinyl floors and will do a rather satisfying job. However if you would like to DIY, I hope this article will be more helpful and resourceful to you.

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