Since you may be installing vinyl flooring for the first time, this detail guide on what to expect from start to finish of flooring installation will walk you through the whole process.
Have you got all the sub floor requirements checked? If you are still not sure about it, here’s a quick tip to define the perfect floor condition ready for installation…
Here’s a quick tip on how to minimize room temperature fluctuation:
Be sure you are not skipping this step as a rough layout before installation is important to ensure a desired visual appearance.
Certain brand of vinyl flooring makes diy installing much easier by having planks designed to allow fitting horizontally. This is very helpful when it comes installing in narrow and difficult areas.
The main reason here is to keep moisture content under control to prevent possible installation failure or damage of flooring panels that could void your warranty. To be on the safe side, you may want to check with your flooring supplier on the suitable subfloor moisture content before installation.
Besides subfloor moisture content, you should watch out for the type of adhesive use for installation. Make sure you are applying the correct vinyl adhesive.
Here’s what you should AVOID:
Similar to click-lock vinyl plank installation, you should begin your glue down installation from one corner and spread to another end. If possible, try to avoid using outer force with the intention of quick bonding.
Some installers may use clamps or straps to force planks tighter together but this may cause over-strapping. Such condition will adversely affect the floor structure and lead to many flooring issues, for example seam peaking, twisted planks, poor glue-bonding and misalignment.
When applying layers of adhesive during installation, getting the right size of trowel is another important part to maximize the glue-to-board transfer.
If you do not have these information yet, do consider refer to your adhesive manufacturer for trowel size, use of moisture barriers and adhesive set time which changes according to temperature.
For the best results, you can always check with both flooring supplier and adhesive manufacturer if you have any doubts whilst vinyl flooring installation. Also, check out our step-by-step glue down vinyl flooring installation guide here for further reference.
In terms of functionality, loose laid vinyl sheet is not able to provide the same sustainability like permanent full spread vinyl sheet.
So, if you are planning to install vinyl sheet using this method, do consider to install in the area with less traffic. By saying that, it’s obvious that you should not place any fixture or build-in furniture on top of the loose laid vinyl sheet for better maintenance.
Here’re some other things to consider before you decide on installing vinyl sheet using loose-lay method. Never go for loose-lay vinyl sheet installation if: