Vinyl Flooring: The Do’s and Don’ts of Vinyl Installation
Vinyl floors are a staple of interior design and for good reason. It’s hard to beat the longevity and easy maintenance of vinyl floors.
If you’re preparing to overhaul kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any areas where you expect frequent spills, you’ve already considered vinyl flooring.
But what do you need to know before you begin vinyl installation?
There are a few things you need to consider before you start laying down vinyl. But with a little research and planning, you’ll have no trouble telling whether vinyl floors are right for you.
1. Test for Moisture
Some floors, especially concrete, can hold an unexpected amount of moisture. Moisture will prevent adhesives from securing vinyl to the raw floor in your room.
To make sure your floors are dry enough, use duct tape to secure a piece of scrap vinyl to the raw floor and let it sit for three days.
If the duct tape easily lifts from the floor after the waiting period is over, your floors or too moist. Any vinyl you install will not form a secure hold to the floor.
2. Invest in Floor Protectors
Sliding heavy furniture across vinyl floors can rip the adhesive bond the keeps the tiles in place. It can also lead to cosmetic damage.
The smooth surface of vinyl makes it easy to slide things across the floor. You may be tempted to go ahead and move furniture across vinyl floors without protection.
But floor protectors are inexpensive and make moving heavy furniture even easier. If you scratch your tiles a few years after installation, it will be harder to find matching tiles.
3. Keep Floors Dry
Vinyl is resistant to water damage, but that doesn’t mean it is completely waterproof.
When you mop your floors, don’t soak the floors with water. Moisture can seep through the cracks between tiles and mess with the adhesive bond keeping the tiles in place.
Leaving puddles on vinyl floors can also cause the tiles to warp.
4. Check Your Adhesive
You will want to triple-check that the adhesive you are using on your floors is safe for use on vinyl.
Some adhesives do not adhere well to plastics, while others aren’t strong enough to withstand the constant wear and tear that a floor goes through.
You may not notice the damage for a long time. But if you use the wrong adhesive, you may be stuck with discoloured or uneven tiles in just a few years.
5. Leave Breathing Room
As the seasons change, so do the humidity and ambient temperature. Vinyl will expand and contract as the heat and moisture in the air change.
If you cut your vinyl to fit perfectly against the walls and fixtures of your space, you will see that the fit won’t be quite right later on.
To avoid this, leave a small gap between the vinyl and the perimeter of your floors. Once you have laid the last piece of vinyl, fill in the gaps with caulk, which will flex as the seasons change. The vinyl along the walls will be covered by your baseboards.
Vinyl Installation is Easy if You’re Prepared
If you do a little bit of preparation and research before installing your vinyl installation, you will have no trouble laying a floor that will look beautiful for years to come.
But vinyl does have some qualities that aren’t intuitive. You can end up with a wrinkled, mishappen surface if you go about things haphazardly.
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