Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the big squares that looked like plastic that dominated the landscape in the '80s and '90s. Vinyl flooring in the 2010s is sophisticated and designed to look like other types of flooring. One of the most popular types of flooring that vinyl is designed to look like now is wood flooring. Vinyl planks, instead of the popular square shape of the '80s and '90s, helps lend to this illusion.
Vinyl plank flooring is an affordable way to create a high-class look in your home or business. Although vinyl flooring is known for being easy to install, there are still some tricks that can help with the installation process.
Always Get an Extra Box
When you purchase the cartons or boxes of vinyl floor planks, measure how the square footage of the space, and buy enough cartons to cover up the space. Then buy one extra carton. This extra carton will help you out if you were slightly off in your measurements or if you have to cut pieces around odd structures and shapes in the floor plan of the room, which can cause you to need to use more planks. It is better to have an extra box to use if you need it, then to have to head back to the home improvement store when you only need one or two more planks. If you don't use the carton and it is unopened, you can always return it, or you can save the carton for future repairs.
Remove the Baseboards
For the best installation and look, you need to remove all the baseboards in the room. You want the flooring to go under the baseboards. This will create a more seamless look when the flooring runs under the baseboard. Running the flooring under the baseboards will also prevent you from having to make awkward cuts around the baseboards that are not perfectly straight and leave gaps that show the subflooring.
Cut the Front and Back of the Board
When you need to cut a board down to size, you are going to need to make two separate cuts. First, use a utility knife to make the cut. Use a metal ruler to ensure a straight line. Try to make a deep groove, which may require you cutting over the same line multiple times. Then, flip the plank over and fold the plank back. See how far it gives, and if it doesn't snap on its own, take and run the utility knife along the fold.
When installing vinyl floor planking, you can achieve a high-class look. If you want the best-looking installation, hire a professional to do the job for you. Reach out to a company such as House Of Floors to learn more.