Know What To Expect On Vinyl Installation Day
Possessing a home, it seems, is all about being prepared. Preparing your home for seasonal changes, preparing for guests, and now preparing for the arrival of new vinyl flooring.
Being ready for the installation of your new vinyl flooring will make the entire process go faster, more efficiently, and, hopefully, eradicate any “surprises.”
Tip #1: There’s A Resource For Worry-Free Installation – Professional Installers
Elegant Vinyl Flooring In A Kitchen and Dining Area
Installing a vinyl floor is a complicated, labor-intensive, very exacting process that requires full knowledge of substrates.
We strongly suggest you call upon our reliable and seasoned professionals to install your vinyl flooring. That way, you can be assured of a beautiful, efficient, and correct installation.
However, while installing vinyl flooring is a skill developed through years of experience, your understanding of the basics of installation will increase your knowledge of the process, and enhance your confidence in the professionals working in your home.
Subfloor Preparation Is Step One
As with most flooring products, the first step is to prepare the substrate, the surface on which the vinyl flooring will be laid.
If installing over a wood substrate, an underlayment will generally be necessary.
Installing over a concrete substrate will not require an underlayment but will require some floor preparation.
Can You Install New Vinyl Flooring Over Existing Vinyl Flooring?
In some cases, yes. However, it is strongly suggested that existing flooring be removed to ensure a proper high-quality installation. This is where employing our skilled flooring professionals pays off.
We can determine if your existing vinyl flooring is acceptable or if it will need to be removed.
There are three methods to install vinyl flooring dependent on manufacturer and style: full spread, perimeter adhered, or floating.
Full spread means the adhesive is spread over the entire substrate.
Perimeter adhered is an installation method in which adhesive is only applied to the edge of the flooring and also at the seams.
Floating is a type of installation in which the vinyl floor is not bonded to the substrate by any adhesive.
Your beautiful new vinyl floor will be professionally installed using one of those three methods.
Relocate Your Furniture
All furniture must be removed from the areas to be floored. Before moving, you’ll need to remove breakables and electronics and empty the contents of china cabinets, closets, and the like. Southern Woods can include furniture moving as part of the quote we develop with you.
Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air-conditioned). Vinyl flooring manufacturers recommend indoor humidity to be maintained between 40% to 50%, and the temperature not to fall below 65 or rise above 100 degrees.
What’s To Be Done With Your Existing Floor Covering?
Please consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time consuming and messy task. We will be happy to discuss removal options with you.
If you prefer to remove your present floor covering yourself, do it at least one day before installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation.
Now Turn Your Attention To The Trim
You should know that, in many cases, baseboards and trim need to be removed for vinyl flooring installation. Our installers may do this for an additional charge but will not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood.
Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
We Can Give Expert Advice On Your Subflooring
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the vinyl, or a new subfloor may be required. This is a job best left to the professionals, and, again, we can help you with these decisions.
The subfloor must be clean and level. That ensures your new vinyl flooring will be as beautiful and well supported as possible and ultimately covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Include A Door Plan In Your Preparation
When vinyl flooring is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet doors, basement and bedroom doors, may not clear the new floor and swing free.
Our installers may need to remove doors to install the vinyl and re-hang them at an additional cost. If there is a clearance issue, you may want to arrange for a qualified carpenter to shave or cut down your door(s) after installing your new vinyl floor.
Don’t Let Cleanup Be A Toss-Up
Installing new vinyl flooring will produce waste. These materials will be collected and disposed of by your installers.
Next we’ll examine what to know and do during installation day.
Be available by phone on the day of installation in case we have questions.