Cut it to size, stick it down, job’s a good un’ – how hard can laying rolls of vinyl flooring or vinyl flooring tiles really be?…
If you’re thinking about laying vinyl flooring, then it’s worth remembering that the process can be a lot trickier than it seems, even for seasoned DIY veterans! Laying vinyl is a skilled job with lots of things to think about, and little mistakes can turn your dream floor into a real DIY disaster.
In this post, we look at some of the challenges involved in vinyl flooring installation to help ensure that you don’t make any costly mistakes, and explore why often, it’s easier (and cheaper) to leave the job to the trained professionals.
As all DIY enthusiasts find out at some point, rooms are rarely perfectly square, and it’s easy to underestimate the overall size of the room if you don’t get your measurements perfectly right.
A good thing to remember is that you can always cut more off your flooring, but you can’t stick it back together! Vinyl flooring looks best when laid in one, unbroken piece, so if you do end up cutting too much off, you run the risk of having an unsightly join, which will have an impact on the overall look of the room.
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GETTING YOUR GRID RIGHT
If you’re laying vinyl tiles, then correctly positioning them is really important.
We know it’s tempting to start at one corner and work outwards, but this can lead to disaster, as your wall may not be straight, and you may be left with narrow and uneven slivers of tiles along one edge of the room.
If you’ve ever tiled a bathroom or kitchen wall, the principle is pretty much the same – it’s best to start at the middle and work outwards, which will give you a symmetrical, even finish.
LET IT ACCLIMATISE
Vinyl shrinks and expands with changes in temperature and humidity, and needs to be acclimatised before you can fit it – there’s little worse than laying a perfect floor, only to find in a week’s time that it’s expanded, leaving bumps and lumps across the room.
To avoid this, it’s best to leave your vinyl in the room it’s going to be fitted for at least 48 hours before installation.
AVOIDING BUMPS AND LUMPS
No one wants a lumpy, bumpy floor, but vinyl can be prone to bunching up and creating raised areas if not installed correctly.
Incorrect measurement, insufficient acclimatisation, and failing to properly smooth out or press the vinyl into the corners are the key culprits here, and a single mistake can lead to unwanted creases, air pockets and hillocks!
CUTTING AND STICKING
Laying vinyl flooring in difficult areas, such as around kitchen units or bathroom fittings can be a fiddly, time-consuming process. It’s a precision job, and even tiny mistakes can affect the overall look and fit of your flooring.
In the bathroom, it’s sensible idea to use some waterproof silicone sealant around the edges of the floor to create a waterproof seal, which will prevent water from getting under the edges and damaging your floorboards below.
VINYL FLOORING INSTALLATION FROM CARPETRIGHT
Cut out the risk of disaster and get perfect results every time with competitively priced, expert vinyl flooring installation from Carpetright.
All our recommended fitters are fully insured, FITA (Flooring Industry Training Association) approved craftsmen, who will help to ensure that your project runs smoothly and efficiently, with minimum waste.
Working with care and attention, they will ensure that your new flooring looks and feels great for longer.
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