The Dos and Don’ts of Vinyl Flooring Installation

There are certain vinyl flooring dos and don’ts when it comes to the installation of this innovative flooring solution. Here is a comprehensive guide of ways to ensure that your flooring lasts for years to come.

The Dos of Vinyl Flooring Installation

When installing your vinyl flooring it is advisable to lay down a piece of scrap vinyl and secure its edges with tape,leaving it to sit for at least three days. This will give an indication of the moisture level of the subfloor. This is crucial for concrete subfloors to ensure the moisture level is low enough that the vinyl can be properly installed. This is also best done when the room has been kept at a constant temperature for at least 48 hours to avoid unanticipated condensation.

Leave an expansion gap when your vinyl flooring installation includes a click-lock vinyl system. This gap allows the vinyl to expand and contract without restrictions which could lead to damages.

Make sure your subfloor is level. Any dips and bumps need to be leveled out before the vinyl flooring installation can begin because they will only wreak havoc by lifting the vinyl once it is installed.

Make sure the floor is free of moisture. Even though vinyl flooring is moisture resistant, standing water (especially when trapped underneath it) will cause the flooring to warp and encourage the growth of mold.

The Don’ts of Vinyl Flooring Installation

Don’t hammer the vinyl flooring planks.Many people do this to get the vinyl planks as close together as possible but this is harmful to the vinyl.

Don’t walk on the vinyl for at least 48 hours after the installation. Glue down sets should be given time to settle,but this is less stressed when a click-locking vinyl flooring system has been installed.

Don’t risk your floor by dragging furniture across it. Make use of furniture guards and coasters to avoid scratching and scuffing your newly installed floor.

For quality vinyl floor installations done by professionals who know all the tricks of the trade contact us at Floorin Installers.

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