Vinyl Flooring - So Easy to Install, Even a Caveman Can Do It

Moisés Reyes
Installing vinyl flooring can be a very easy home improvement project. TrafficMaster Allure vinyl flooring, for example, does not require any nails or adhesives, instead utilizing a floating system in which the vinyl floors are not actually attached to the subfloor. Consisting of vinyl planks that resemble hardwood, linoleum, or stone, it uses a patented installation system known as GripStrip, which allows contractors or home installers to fasten the planks to each other rather than to the subfloor below. By following these seven easy steps, anyone looking to install a vinyl floor can do so in a matter of just a few hours, using only a few simple tools and supplies.


7 Easy Steps to Vinyl Floor Installation

1.    Measure the room in which you are installing the vinyl flooring to determine how much material is needed. Multiply the length of the space by its width, and add an extra 10% to this figure to compensate for material lost to cutting. Be sure to place the material in the room for at least 48 hours before you begin installation so that it can get acclimated to the space, and set aside any extra material for future use after the installation is complete.
2.    Thoroughly clean the old floor or subfloor before installing the vinyl floor. Make sure to eliminate all dirt and debris.
3.    Begin by laying the first row of vinyl material along the longest wall of the room. Leaving a 1/8-inch gap at the base of the wall for potential expansion, attach the ends of each plank using the GripStrips by placing the strips on top of one another and then pressing them together firmly. 
4.    Hold the second row of flooring at a 45-degree angle to the first one, and then align the GripStrips and press them together so that the rows are joined tightly. If you happen to make a mistake, be sure to lift the planks quickly to avoid the GripStrips from fully bonding, and then realign the planks until they are even.
5.    To cut the vinyl material, use a sharp utility knight and a straight edge such as a ruler.
6.    Stagger the joints along each row to make the finish of your flooring as stable and attractive as possible. Begin every row with either a full or partial plank, and then alternative as you move across the floor.
7. Continue until you install your final row of flooring, and make sure to leave another 1/8-inch gap along the base of the wall. Add floor molding or trim to fill the expansion joints. Enjoy your new vinyl flooring!


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