Are you looking to change up your floors this year but don't want to spend a large amount of money? Look no further than The Fabric Company's Luxury Vinyl Click Flooring! This flooring can be picked up and easily installed without having to pay someone. In this tutorial, we are going to teach you how to install your own Luxury Vinyl Click Flooring.
Vinyl Luxe Flooring can be a great way to give a room a whole new look. The Fabric Company has plenty of colors that will fit your vibe and bring a unique style to the room.
DIY #6: Luxury Vinyl Click Floor Installation
Before we get started, pick out what color flooring you would like and let The Fabric Co deliver it! You also will need to leave the flooring unpacked for 24 hours inside the room, which they will be installed so that they can acclimatize. Then follow these steps!
Step #1: Make Sure Your Floors Are Even
To ensure that your new floors fit together well, you need to make sure your floors are even. If they aren't, you will need to have them hard boarded. Then you will lay down the Luxury Vinyl Underlay to provide additional comfort and professional-looking finish as well as leveling out and unevenness.
Step #2: Install Spacer Wedges
Luxury Vinyl Click Flooring can expand and contract in hot and cold conditions, so it's vitally important that you leave a 5-millimeter gap around the perimeter of the room. Spacer wedges of 5-millimeters can achieve the gap and will be covered up in the end.
Step #3: Lay Out Your Planks
Before you start laying out the planks, it's essential to know which way you want them to face. If you line them towards a light source, it will make the joints less visible. If you lay them lengthways, it will make the room feel longer. It's up to you, but once you know, layout the floors to get an idea of how much you will need.
Here might also be an excellent time to put on some knee pads and plan for any problematic parts such as door bars.
Step #4: Determine the Amount Needed
To make sure there isn't a tiny panel going across the wall on one side of the room, follow this simple equation. Take the width of the room (minus the expansion gaps) and divide it by the plank width. This equation will tell you how many panels you need and the width of your final panel.
Room width (minus gaps) / plank width = # panels needed & width of final panel
Example: 3200mm / 191 mm = 16.75 (16 panels needed, 0.75 x 191mm = 144 mm (width of final panel))
Step #5: Lay Down Your Panels
Lay down your first panel in the lefthand corner of the room. Remember to use a 5-millimeter expansion gap at the end of the board and intervals along it. Start with up against the walls. Be sure you carefully remove the lower grooved lip of the first row on the side against the wall using a sharp utility knife. Place the second panel of the first row tight to the end of the first one and use a wallpaper roller to ensure the two ends are connected correctly. Continue to do this until you reach the end of your first row. For the last piece, measure the panel to ensure a tight fit to the wall, not forgetting your expansion gap. To trim your plank, carefully score through the top layer with the sharp utility knife. Then using a hard surface, apply pressure to snap through the bottom layer of the panel.
Step #6: Continue to Lay Panels
To give you a pleasing look, you need to make sure that joints in the second row are not in line with the first, but instead form a staggered effect. If your cut from the first row is longer than 30 centimeters, it can be used as the start for the next row. Otherwise, you will need to cut a new panel to achieve the desired effect. Continue to fit the second row as you did the first, raising the panel at an angle of 25 degrees so that it slides under the tongue of the first row and then clicks into place at the short end. Use a rubber mallet and tapping block to secure the long sides. Repeat this process until the last row.
Step #7: Finish the Last Row
To cut planks to fit the last row, place the panel you want to cut directly over the previous row. Then use a third panel and place it up to the wall on top to use as a template. Mark with a pencil on the plank underneath that you are going to cut. Then using your workbench or hard surface, cut the marked plank to fit it into place. Repeat this process for all the panels in the last row.
Step #8: Remove 5- Millimeter Spacers
You can now remove all 5-millimeter spacers and use matching trim or new skirting to cover up the gaps. When fitting the matching trim, make sure you don't attach it to the floor but attach it to the skirting board or wall. Your floor is now complete!
Tips: If you are going to place furniture on your new floor, be sure to use felt pad protectors on the legs of any tables or chairs so as not to dent or scratch your new floor.
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Luxury Vinyl Click Flooring