Okay before I show you the best possible way to install vinyl plank flooring, let's dive a little deeper into what a kind of flooring it is and its perceived benefits.
Vinyl flooring happens to be among the most beautiful and multifaceted floors mostly installed in homes. If you’re going to be using vinyl plank flooring, then be guaranteed of a long-lasting floor that has no problems with water as other flooring types.
You also get a real feel of wood, or nature’s stone, with this kind of flooring. It also is cost-effective and not as pricey as other floor types, and yet it performs better than most of the floors out there. While walking on vinyl plank flooring you feel the warmth it gives, very soothing. You don't get this warmth in most hard surface flooring. With all the benefits explained above, it still gets better, as it is so easy to clean vinyl plank flooring.
Now that we’ve gone through the basics and benefits of vinyl plank flooring, let’s look at possible materials you would need to install vinyl plank flooring.
The Materials needed are:
• A utility knife
• Tape measure
• A hammer or nail gun
• Strong adhesive
• Paint roller or trowel à this one depends on the strength of the adhesive you would use
• Underlayment (one-quarter)
Now, these tools listed above are important but not all are necessary some are optional like Nails, underlayment, et cetera.
Okay now let’s get busy and start with the procedure you can follow to install vinyl plank flooring
Step 1: Know how much (quantity) you would need
One of the most and first step take in installing vinyl plank flooring is to know how much of the flooring you would need for each surface. This is why I listed those materials earlier, to determine the quantity needed, you would have to measure both the length and width areas that are to be covered. Once you've measured its total area. You would need to figure out how many boxes and split it.
To do this, you would capture the square footage that represents the entire surface, and then divide by how many boxes can fit it in those boxes. Let’s cite an example so you can picture what I mean better; imagine your floor’s square area is 200 feet and each block of plank sums to 20 square feet, you would need 20 cartons of vinyl plank flooring.
N.B: I suggest you add ten-fifteen percent for overage
Step 2: Get the material (vinyl plank flooring)
Once you have figured the quantity of flooring you would need, and then the next thing would be to visit any local store that sells vinyl plank flooring. I suggest visiting a store devotes to flooring essentials where they walk their talk. (These guys know their onions!).
As stated earlier vinyl plank flooring comes in different styles, so you would have to pick the particular style you want and then order it. Also, note that the adhesive you would choose should be a pressure-sensitive and also a multipurpose one. Because a bunch of the newly produced vinyl plank flooring requires such types of adhesives.
N.B: At the end of the day, it’s still about choosing the right flooring, so ensure you get the right vinyl plank flooring
Step 3: Check and prepare the subfloor
Another exciting aspect of installing vinyl plank flooring is that you can lay over already existing surfaces. But it's also vital to check if the already existing floor is the ideal floor for your new vinyl plank flooring. If you're not sure if it's the right subfloor I suggest you ask a professional installer (not to install it but to access your existing floor and give you an estimate of whether it's okay or not) for help.
While in some strange occurrences your previous floor could be too difficult to fix or change, in such scenarios you would have to rip it apart and carefully place a subfloor before installing the vinyl plank flooring.
But if you are using plywood as a subfloor and it’s perfectly smooth then you can simply install the vinyl on top of the subfloor. But if it’s not smooth or it slats, then you would have to apply the underlayment I listed earlier, one-quarter ¼ overtop. Then drive-in the sheets of the underlayment with a nail gun or hammer (whichever you use can do the work) and check to be sure it’s properly closed.
Step 4: Apply the adhesive
Once your subfloor is set, the next thing would be to take a strong pressure-sensitive adhesive and spread out on the floor carefully using a paint roller. But if the adhesive is thicker you would have to spread it on.
Step 5: Finally install the vinyl planks
Once you’re done spreading the adhesive on the subfloor, take out the planks from the boxes and first place one of them on top the adhesive and press down gently. Once you have done that, repeat and press firmly up against the initial box you started with. Then you would continue with this process until the whole floor is covered.
On reaching a wall and the space for the plank is already cut slightly, you would have to use a knife and divide the plank so it fits. Once you put all the planks in place, then you should use the paint roller and spread out the overflowing adhesive.
Bonus Tips for maintaining your vinyl plank flooring
Tip 1: Sweep frequently
You can use a dust mop or soft broom to remove the accumulated dust and fine debris from the floor frequently. I suggest you clean at least once a week to avoid dirt buildup. Moreover, you should sweep it frequently if it happens to be in a high traffic area.
N.B: If swept regularly your floor would last longer
Tip 2: Deep cleaning
You can deep-clean your vinyl plank flooring once every two weeks. This kind of cleaning helps to remove those stubborn molds that won’t just go when you merely sweep it. To deep clean, you would need to use a gallon of water mixed with ½ cup of white vinegar in a mop bucket, and a separate bucket for rinsing. Then dip the mop in the solution and clean the floor, when you are done with a section wring the mop and once you’re done cleaving all the areas, rinse the mop with the clean water in the 2nd bucket, and rinse the soapy solution on the floor with the rinsed mop until you cover the entire area.
Tip 3: Apply finishing (sealing)
Always apply vinyl finish to your floor once every 2 – 3 years. You can make use of a paint roller to apply the finish. This helps the floor from environmental hazards like scuffs, scratches, et cetera.
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As a reminder, it's also good to use rugs at entryways, this way it traps every grit that comes with you from outside which can result to marks on your vinyl plank flooring.
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