One of the most effective ways to change the look of your home is vinyl flooring. By installing vinyl flooring, you won’t even have to spent too much of money and it is a DIY process. If you are new to the process of installing vinyl flooring then you also you can make it easily. You don’t need much of experience for accomplishing this job. If you are unsure as you can do it on your own then here are some of the steps for installing vinyl flooring in your home.
- Measure your existing floor
For installing vinyl floor, you will have to collect the basic supplies which definitely include vinyl. Well for ordering the material, you will need the exact measurement of the vinyl floor. Take a measuring tape and decide the size of the room very carefully. It’s very essential that you get the correct measurement of the home or else you can end up with less amount of material during the job or excess amount of vinyl which is of no use after the work is done. Well in any case it is advisable to keep certain amount of vinyl extra so that you don’t run out of the material while accomplishing the job.
- Clear out the room
Vinyl flooring is a very versatile material and it can be placed in almost any room. Whichever room you decide for installing vinyl floor, you need to make the room prepared for it. You cannot install vinyl flooring in a room full of stuff. Before you start to install vinyl flooring in the room, you need to remove all the things from the room. The things you need to move will depend upon where you are installing vinyl Well some of the general things which should be removed are furniture pieces and the appliances. If its kitchen you have to move the microwave, fridge, stove and such things. If its bedroom you need to remove bed, sofa, chairs, carpet, tables and any other such things. If there are any baseboard trim along the bottom edge of the wall then it should also be removed. If there are any permanently fixed cabinets or vanities then they don’t need to be removed as vinyl flooring can also be installed around them.
- Remove old floor
This step is majorly important if you are having carpet on the floor which is to be replaced with vinyl. Vinyl flooring can be installed on any surface as long as it is flat, smooth, dry or rigid. Remove the old floor from its threshold strips and trim out towards the doorways. The next step is bit tedious but is very essential. You have to work along the subfloor and pull out or staple in any of the nails which are not driven below properly below the floor surface. You can make use of metal trowel and use it across the floor. You need to listen the sound of tink which will happen when you when you staple or hit a nail. By this it will be easy to find. Old flooring or the adhesive beneath it might have asbestos and hence conduct an asbestos test before you pull it or disturb it. If you are installing vinyl floor over wood floor or concrete flooring without removing it then you have to consider that your floor height will increase a bit and you will have a need to trim the bottom of the doors.
- Prepare paper template of floor
Preparing a paper template will be very helpful to you in getting the precise measurement and it will even make the cutting process of vinyl and plywood much easier. Cut large and heavy sheets of construction paper and lay it on your floor. Cut off any obstacles of any of the corners and take any added measurements. You will have to follow this step in sections if you have been working with large rooms or floor space.
- Prepare under layer
For those subfloors which will need extreme work for flatten, smoothen or leveling, underlayment would be one of the simplest and easiest ways to do this correction. Underlayment is basically ¼ inch thick layer of plywood which will smoothen out the flooring and provide you with a clean and sturdy base for the vinyl flooring to install. It won’t the vinyl floor to hold up properly, you will have to use only floor grade under layer plywood. At first, cut the pieces of under layer roughly and then go for more detailed cuts which will fit in perfectly with each of the piece of vinyl.
- Place each pieces of under layer
Place each and every piece of plywood sheet into the room and allow them to stay for a time period of 2 to 3 days. This will allow the piece of vinyl to adapt with the humidity of your home. This will also save up the vinyl from tearing off or coming off during the process of installation of vinyl flooring or even after that. After 2 to 3 days put up the under layer in its original position, so that it can fit the wood properly.
- Choose the pattern of vinyl
There are several pattern of vinyl like vinyl plank, vinyl sheets, vinyl tiles and several others. You have to choose one of them you find most appropriate for your home. The installation of vinyl sheets is much easier as compared to that with tiles. Sheets can be placed in any shape in the room. If the sheets are larger than room then you might have to cut it in original shape of the room. However on the other hand, if you are choose to install vinyl tiles in your home, and then there is certain specified patter for the installation which should be followed.