Tips For Installing Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring In Your Home

Posted on: 20 June 2022

Have you finally decided on the flooring material for your home, and you've landed on using luxury vinyl plank flooring? This can be a great option for any home due to several reasons. Not only is it versatile, affordable, and comfortable to walk on, but it can be easily installed on your own. Here are a few tips that will help you get this job done.

Gather Your Tools

There are going to be a few tools that you need to install the flooring material. A vinyl cutter is recommended for trimming the pieces of vinyl plank flooring. However, you can also use a miter saw, jig saw, or even a utility knife if necessary. You'll need to use a jamb saw as well to trim door frames. Some basic tools you may already have in your home include a measuring tape, a straight edge, and a rubber mallet. 

Prepare Your Subfloor

You want the subfloor beneath the vinyl plank flooring to be clean and level. Low spots can be corrected by using self-leveling cement to fill in the dips in the material. If you have high spots on a wood subfloor, you can sand those down to make them more even with the rest of the subfloor. 

Minimize Your Cuts

If you want to limit how many cuts you need to make in the material, consider having the flooring material run parallel to the longest wall in the room. This will lead to cutting fewer boards to get the material to the right size. You'll really appreciate this when you have to make all those cuts to finish each row of flooring material. 

Trim Your Door Frames

You'll want your flooring material to go underneath the door frames so that you have a clean edge. The best way to do this is to place a piece of flooring material up against the door frame, and then trace a line along the top of the material to identify the height. You can then cut out the bottom of the door frame with a jamb saw 

Shuffle Your Boards Together

You will want the color of the flooring material to blend in on the floor. Unfortunately, you may find that some boxes of flooring material look slightly different than others. Open up your boxes and mix the materials to ensure that you are not creating a clear line in the floor where the material starts to look slightly different. 

Contact a company like Floorco Flooring for more information.