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How to Guide: Install Vinyl Plank Flooring Tiles

With vinyl plank flooring, you’ve found an inexpensive and extremely easy way that you can improve your home and your home’s value. Also, you can do it yourself! Congratulations. Vinyl plank flooring has many benefits. According to experts at It’s waterproof, resistant to scuffs and marks, and protects the floor underneath the vinyl planks from dirt. The only real negatives to vinyl plank flooring is that it’s bad for the environment and can’t be recycled.

Now that you’ve made the decision to go with vinyl plank flooring, let’s get started. The following items are recommended:

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  • Vinyl Floor Cutter
  • Heavy Floor Roller
  • Vinyl Tile Planks
  • Adhesive (required for non self-adhesive tile planks)

According to Tim Carter, handyman guru and builder, the following steps need to be followed to install the floor:

  1. Remove your old carpet or flooring if you haven’t already. Then, you need to sweet the floor completely clean and fill all cracks and holes. Make sure you remove all small rocks and gravel from the floor. The floor that will be underneath the vinyl planks needs to be as flat and smooth as possible.
  2. If you do not have self-adhesive vinyl planks, which have a sticky substance on the bottom of the planks and stick to the floor, then skip this step. If you DO NOT have the self-adhesive vinyl planks, then you need to read the adhesive instructions very carefully. Buy the recommended adhesive brand, and not an off-brand. If you choose an off-brand, the tiles may not stick as well. Also, if you have a moist or damp floor, tiles may not stick as well so consult the specific instructions of your particular brand of tiles.
  3. Snap a chalk line (or draw one) where you want to lay your first row of tiles. A good way to deciding the layout of your tiles is to imagine the primary line of sight of those who enter the room.
  4. When you begin to lay the vinyl planks along your chalk line, make sure you do it perfectly straight! This is the most important row of planks because any inconsistency or mess-up will carry through the rest of the rows.
  5. Continue laying down the planks, row by row, until the room is finished. If you need to cut the planks (which you most likely will), use either a razor knife or a vinyl tile cutter. The vinyl tile cutter is much easier and requires less work. They can be rented from a large tool store or home improvement store. Use the piece that you cut off to start the other end of the next row.
  6. Use a heavy floor roller to roll over the tiles when you’re finished with the room. This is not absolutely necessary every time, but it can be very helpful and make your floor better. These can also be rented from large tool stores or home improvement stores.

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