Vinyl installation is simpler than hardwood, laminate, carpet, or tile installation. In fact, many DIYers opt to do the project themselves. However, we still recommend trusting professionals, as they can ensure success and efficiency throughout the entire installation process. Learn more below!
Before your vinyl installation
You want a problem-free installation. To help ensure one, here are a few things to do before our installers arrive. First, make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. Next, know who’s moving the furniture. Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room. Measure door clearances before you have your vinyl flooring installed. If the new flooring is thicker than your existing flooring, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your vinyl flooring is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
During your vinyl installation
To ensure that your vinyl flooring will look good for years to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow.
Current flooring: A professional installer will start with a flat surface, which may require extensive prep work—such as removing the existing floor or installing a new subfloor on top of an existing floor. Sometimes, however, vinyl flooring can be installed directly on top of what you already have. Your installer will have the experience to know the best way to proceed.
Moisture testing: Vinyl flooring is not sensitive to moisture like hardwood, but the existing subfloor will still need to be tested to avoid moisture-related problems later.
Installation method: In floating flooring, as the name suggests, planks are attached to each other, not to the subfloor. Glue-down flooring requires greater installation skill for the exacting process of adhesive application. As discussed below, room shape can also be problematic.
Room shape: The configuration of a room can be a challenge, requiring precise measurement, cutting, and placement of flooring—another reason why proper installation by a professional will give you high-quality results.
It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.