Tips To Help You Install A New Waterproof Vinyl Floor In Your Home
Waterproof vinyl flooring is a beautiful and durable flooring choice that can provide you with the look of hardwood floors, but without the required maintenance and refinishing treatments. And waterproof vinyl flooring is more affordable than hardwood, and it is easy to install yourself or you can arrange a professional installation. Here are some recommendations to help you successfully install a new waterproof vinyl flooring in your home.
Choose Your Flooring
There are several types of vinyl flooring you can choose from inside your home, all of them water-resistant to some degree. Because vinyl flooring can provide you with the look of hardwood flooring, it will greatly enhance your home's interior space, but it is easy to take care of. And if you choose to install it yourself, it is a relatively easy project compared to, for example, installing real hardwood flooring yourself.
You can find several types of waterproof vinyl flooring in which each strip connects and locks together to form a waterproof barrier on your floor. This type of flooring essentially floats above the existing plywood subfloor or concrete slab inside your home. You can look at installing an underlayer to provide extra cushion to the vinyl strips and a sound barrier, or you can install a moisture barrier if your vinyl floor has moisture problems, especially if it is in a basement.
Prepare For Your Installation Project
Before you can begin to install your new vinyl flooring, you will need to remove the old flooring or any materials that may be on the floor. This can include old vinyl laminate, carpeting, and strip tacks, old adhesive glue, and anything else that will make your laminate flooring sit unlevel. The baseboards within the room will be in the way of a proper installation, so plan to remove them from your walls. You can use a pry bar to pull them off, being careful to not damage them and place them aside until you are finished.
Make a plan as to what order you will install the vinyl flooring throughout the room or your home. For example, decide which side of the room you will start on, taking into consideration where you will set down your last strips of flooring. If you start your installation at the far end of a room and work toward the room's entryway, any partial pieces you cut and install will be obvious visually. For this reason, you may want to start at the room's entrance and work your way back toward the far wall, where the partial pieces or vinyl will be hidden beneath furniture.