Learn how to install luxury vinyl flooring and see if it’s something you want to take up as your next DIY project.
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is an excellent option for those that want to save money but don’t want to sacrifice looks. For a while, vinyl was looked down upon for its uncomfortable feel and cheap looks. However, today’s luxury vinyl flooring (also known as LVT or LVP if you’re using tiles or planks) is a resilient material that can copy the look of other floor types and natural materials. LVF is low-maintenance, water resilient and easy to install.
If you’re in the market for luxury vinyl flooring, learning how to install LVF can help you better plan and make the right choices for your flooring budget.
When it comes to luxury vinyl plank flooring, there are two main installation choices: glue down or floating floor installation. The glue down method uses an adhesive, such as the Bona R540, to stick the vinyl pieces to the subfloor. The floating floor method is like its laminate floor counterpart—a floor is installed on top of a subfloor, underlayment or existing floor. The main difference between installation choice is foot traffic. For high traffic floors, the glue down method offers more protection and is often used in commercial spaces. The floating floor method is widely used in residential spaces.
Before you begin installing your luxury vinyl plank flooring, your floor or subfloor needs to be inspected and possibly repaired. Make sure you remove any baseboards before any repair work is done to make the entire installation process easier. Luxury vinyl plank flooring can be installed on basically any clean, smooth surface, but the surface must be level. Since LVF is a softer material, any imperfections on the surface it will be installed on will be seen in the LVF. Once the floor is ready for installation, its best to plan ahead before you start laying down flooring.
Always refer to the LVF manufacturer’s instructions on the best way to install luxury vinyl flooring. While installation processes will differ from product to product, installing vinyl plank follows some basic rules.
Luxury vinyl flooring is a versatile, resilient and easy to install type of flooring that is a popular choice for remodeling your home. Whether you want to install it yourself or call in a professional flooring contractor, you’ll be happy with the new look of your space.
Interested in changing the look of your existing floors? Contact a Bona Certified Craftsman to find a flooring contractor near you that can help you get the look you want.
Bona AB is a family-owned company founded in 1919. With its headquarters in Sweden, Bona is now present in more than 90 different countries all over the world through subsidiaries and distributors. We provide products for the installation, maintenance and renovation of hardwood floors.
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