Traditional hardwood flooring is one of the best wood flooring options but there are different alternatives to that which are easy to install and a bit cheaper than hardwood. Vinyl plank flooring is one of them.
Vinyl plank flooring requires relatively less skill and experience as compared to the hardwood flooring but gives the same look to your home.
This guide is all about preparing vinyl plank flooring and how you can easily install to your home.
Prepare the floor before installing
Before starting the vinyl plank flooring the one thing that you need to check out first is the floor. The floor should be smooth as an uneven floor can give you unexpected bumps and wear faster. So, check out the uneven surfaces, the planks, and the staples and nails which are making the floor hazardous for your flooring.
Use a floor scrapper to smoothen the surface and making it even. However, if the uneven surface is too high then use a floor grinder instead.
This will produce a lot of dirt so clean the mess up and sweep out the dust from the floor.
Planning your layout
Planning the layout is very essential as you need to think from where you need to start the flooring. We would recommend to start the flooring from a wall and take it to the outwards. Better if you can test the flooring set up before you start as if anything goes wrong you will have to redo the same work again.
If you test first, then you would have an idea from where to start the work and how to set up the planks so that valuable time is not wasted up.
Removing the trims
You must remove the trims and casing before you start the installation of the plank. You can remove them easily with a pry bar as most of them are attached through nails and removing the nails would remove them from the surface.
If you don’t want to remove any of them and want to keep as it is then your work will become more as you will have to cut the planks and adjust them accordingly. Only do this if it very important to keep.
Cutting the vinyl planks
Cutting is an easy task that anyone can do but you need to take care of some of the thinks before doing it.
It is better and easy if you first measure the floor and planks and then mark it so that while cutting it all the planks are of the same size as you need during the flooring. Use a saw or a knife that can cut the plank easily and smoothly. Draw a straight line or align the planks and cur them straight.
Connecting the Planks
Connecting planks is not very difficult as they are prepared in such a way that they connect to each other easily. All the planks come with a locking mechanism.
Each plank edge has a locking system to the other plank you just need to place the plank at the 45-degree angle and then place the top edge of the plank with the receiving edge of another. Both the planks will lock itself and it would not be visible when to put it on floor.
Use a rubber mallet on the bottom and edge of the plank while connecting. This will make it tightly fit to one another.
Cut the planks around the corners
Most of the home have walls with protruding edges. In this case, you would need to cut the edges lengthwise or width wise to complete the installation. So, mark the portions where you need to cut the edges and then cut it off through a saw or a utility knife.
Installing the trims again
Now that you have cut the planks and installed it around the protrusions, your work is done. Take a look and see how well you have done it! Now, reattach the trims and casings, you can use an electric nailer for this.
Advantages of vinyl flooring
You have already gone through the steps of installing the vinyl planks to your home floors. But, do you know the advantages of this. Let’s have a look at the advantages below.
- One of the best advantages of vinyl planks is that they are water proof. So, you don’t have to worry about the water spills as it will not cause any harm to your flooring. So, you can use it for your home floorings, cafes, bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
- These are durable and can be used in commercial spaces too. They can even withstand heavy traffic.
- Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and you just have to sweep it regularly and mop it weekly. This will keep the floor look great as always.
- There are a lot of varieties of vinyl planks available in the market with rigid core construction. You can also get a hand-sculpted textures with a thickness of 8mm making it more durable.
- DIY installation can be done easily with click-lock or gluing down the planks.
- It is cheaper, durable and affordable as compared to hardwood flooring.
Types of vinyl plank flooring
There are 5 different types of vinyl planks which can be used as per the traffic on the floor.
- Luxury Vinyl Plank
- Core Vinyl (Rigid vinyl) plank
- Stone plastic composite vinyl plank
- Hybrid Vinyl plank
- Wood Plastic Composite Vinyl Plank
Wrapping it up
There are a lot of flooring options in the market and you might get confused with which one to use for your home. But, believe me, you should always use the flooring material which is best suited for your family. If you use Vinyl planks, then also you have a lot of option depending upon the traffic on the floor.
However, for home, you should also think about the water spills and how they can harm different floors. Vinyl floors are water-resistant and affordable, at the same time gives the same luxury look what you get in a hardwood luxury flooring.