Tips For Installing Vinyl Flooring
By: Lee Dobbins
Installing an new floor can spice up a tired room and you can even save some money by installing it yourself. Of course, if you are not handy and have never done any type of installation, you may want to leave it to a professional as installing the flooring incorrectly can ruin the whole look!
If you do try to attempt installing vinyl flooring yourself, here's some tips that might help your installation look like it was done by a pro:
Take time to do the appropriate prep work. With vinyl flooring, it is vital that the subfloor underneath is free from debris and also has no divets or holes. Both of these can cause holes in the vinyl floor over time. Make sure you remove anything that sticks up, fill in anything that is indented and clean the floor thoroughly before starting the install.
Remove as much stuff as you can. Remove all the furniture and any appliances that you can. Take out the moldings this will make the edges of the flooring look much better when you put them back on after the install. Be careful when putting the appliances back in since dragging the across the vinyl can rip your newly installed floor!
Measure twice, cut once. Measure the room properly so that you get the right amount of vinyl. Don't forget to add in for any jogs in the room. Make a template of the exact floor using builders paper and transfer that template onto the vinyl using washable pen. This way you can get a pretty close cut that you can just fit in.
Let your vinyl acclimate. Let your new flooring sit in the room for 24 hours before you install it.
Follow Instructions. Follow the manufacturers instructions for laying the floor. Typically, you will apply adhesive to half and roll that out, then do the other half. Use a roller to make sure it adheres well roll from the middle out to the edges.
Refrain from walking on your new floor for 24 hours.
Lee Dobbins is contributing writer at http://www.flooring-info-online.com/ where you can find out more about how to choose flooring for your home.