In this article we will teach you how to install vinyl flooring over concrete, wood or existing vinyl flooring for a durable floor that resists moisture.
Vinyl flooring is a great choice because it’s waterproof, durable, and easy to clean. It is also a good do-it-yourself (DIY) project. You can install vinyl flooring over concrete, hardwood, tile, or existing vinyl flooring. As long as the surface is flat and clean, it will work. Laminate flooring can be uneven, so laying vinyl on it is not recommended.
Vinyl flooring is easy to install and can be used in a variety of places including living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. You can also use it on covered porches as long as you don’t live somewhere with extremely cold temperatures.
Regardless of the surface you are laying your flooring on, an undercoat is recommended. It provides extra cushion and noise reduction and also acts as a moisture barrier when you place it on concrete. For a clean look, you will also need to purchase thresholds to use at doorways or when changing flooring.
Method for installing vinyl flooring
At least 48 hours before installation, place the new flooring in the room for acclimatization. During installation, you can mix planks from different boxes to create a more uniform appearance.
Step 1: Remove the baseboards
Start by removing the baseboards. First, cut out the paint sealing the baseboards to the wall using a craft knife. Then, pry to gently loosen the baseboards.
Step 2: Prepare your floor
Prepare your floor so that it is clean, dry and level. Use a self-leveling patch on low spots and/or sand high spots. Self-Leveling Compound is available as a mixable powder and is used to create a flat, smooth surface in floor renovation projects. The strength of the product is similar to that of concrete. Self-leveling patch dries quickly, so you need to work quickly.
Proper installation of the first row will contribute to the success of your flooring installation project.
Mark and cut the tongue of the first row of vinyl planks using a craft knife. Place the first plank on the starting line with the cut side toward the wall, maintaining the expansion gap.
Hold the next plank at a slight angle against the end of the previous plank and bend it into placeStart your second row using the scrap from the first row that you cut.Insert the tongue of the first piece into the groove of the first plank of the previous row and push down to fit the plank.Repeat for each row.
After laying the floor, you will need to install the skirting boards. Determine the number of plinths you will need. Measure the length of the walls and cut the baseboards to size with a miter saw. Secure the skirting boards to the wall with the skirting board fixing sealant. Then use putty to finish filling the gap between the wall and the baseboard.
how to install baseboards
Technique for successfully installing baseboards after installing vinyl flooring.