- Choose a Type of Vinyl Flooring
- Choose Vinyl Flooring Features
- Choose a Vinyl flooring Color
- Decide on a Brand
- Measure Your Square footage
- Start with a Clean Area
- Have the Right Tools
- Starting the Install
- Finalizing Your Vinyl Flooring Install
Below are some Vinyl Flooring Tips that can make it easy for homeowners to install on their own. Let first ask ourselves why choose vinyl flooring? Vinyl flooring is water-resistant and some brands even offer complete waterproof vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is great for the high traffic area of your home. It is easy to clean and is resistant to scuffs and stains. Vinyl flooring can really spice up a room. Homeowners think that you have to pay a contractor to come in and replace your current flooring. I am going to break down a few vinyl flooring tips that can make it much easier for homeowners to install vinyl flooring on their own. Follow these steps below to be on your way to installing your own vinyl flooring,
1. Choose a Type of Vinyl Flooring
The first step in installing your own vinyl flooring is to choose a type of flooring that is to your liking. Your options are luxury vinyl plank, luxury vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, peel & stick vinyl, glue down vinyl plan, and click lock vinyl. These vinyl flooring types range in price, but if you are on a budget I would pay close attention to price as you get in to the luxury types. Here are specific types at Home Depot and Lowes as well.
2 Choose Vinyl Flooring Features
Next, you will want to pick out what vinyl flooring features best fit the room, or space you are trying to cover. Some vinyl flooring features that are offered are waterproof, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and commercial grade. If you are installing your vinyl flooring in a kitchen, bathroom, or basement I would recommend going with vinyl flooring that has a waterproof option. Stain-resistant is good for laundry rooms, or areas that get really messy. Commercial-grade vinyl flooring is great for business offices.
3. Choose a Vinyl Flooring Color
Choosing a vinyl flooring color can play a major role in how your room looks when you are done. You want to make sure it doesn’t conflict with the color of your walls. When doing a kitchen or bathroom you will want to choose a color that compliments your countertops or vanity top. Some other considerations are surrounding rooms that may transition to and from your new remodeled room. You want to make sure the change in flooring color is to your liking. Here is a great site that helps you in choosing the right vinyl flooring color for your room.
4. Decide on a Brand
You will find that as you research and begin to decide which vinyl flooring you are going to with that the brand comes to light as you narrow down your choices. Some brands only offer certain features and types. Some brands are more expensive than others. Choose the brand that fits your needs. Some common vinyl flooring brands are Lifeproof, Home Decorators, TrafficMaster, Flexco, and Shaw.
5. Measure Your Square Footage
Now that you know the kind of vinyl flooring that you are going to with it’s time to measure the room that you are working with. You will need a good idea of the tool square footage of the room. To get the square footage measure the length and width and multiply them together.
Vinyl flooring boxes come in square footage. Now that you have your total square footage divide by the amount of square footage displayed on the box. This is the amount of vinyl flooring each box will cover. Dividing the total square footage by your box-covered square footage will give you the total number of vinyl flooring boxes that will need to be purchased. It is always a good idea to account for about 10% more when purchasing just for waste and cutting.
6. Start With a Clean Area
Now that you have purchased your vinyl flooring and have removed your previous flooring it’s time to get started. It is very important to always have a clean area. Your flooring has to be as level as possible. It can shift over time if debris is left underneith. Please make sure to remove all nails, staples, sawdust, etc. I recommend having a shop vacuum with you as you do this project. You will continue to use it as you install your vinyl flooring.
7. Have the Right Tools
Doing renovations on your own at home requires you to have the right tools to get the job done correctly. Listed here are the tools needed to install vinyl flooring.
- Tape measure
- Rubber mallet
- Utility blade or miter saw
- Tapping block
- Quarter-inch spacers
- Chalk Line
8. Starting the Install
When installing vinyl flooring you want to go from left to right. The pieces fit together by tapping the seems with a rubber mallet. The beginning and end of each row should have a quarter-inch spacer. This will give space later for expansion that happens over time. When you get to the end of the row you will need to cut the end of your flooring piece off. That excess piece will be used to start the next row. This keeps the seems from being all in the same line. You do not want to start the next row with a flooring piece that is under 8 inches. As you get going and have done a couple of rows you will want to measure a distance on both walls on your left and right to then drop a chalk line from left to right. This will show you where your flooring needs to be. If you are off you can start to offset each piece a little as you go to get back to level.
9. Finalizing Your Vinyl Flooring Install
As you get to the end of your room there may be some difficult cuts to make. Remember to always leave yourself a cap of at the most 1/4 of an inch. Be sure to cut your door molding on the bottom to allow the floor to slide underneath. Remember you ordered extra and can always cut a new piece.
I have attached a video below that really gives a good step by step.