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Vinyl flooring installation FAQs

Vinyl flooring is popular among homeowners because of its durability, low installation cost and ease of maintenance. The PVC finished floors are used in kitchens and bathrooms due to their increased resistance to moisture and in high traffic areas due to their high resistance to impact and abrasion. The floors come in a variety of colours and designs that enhance the visual appeal of any room. Read some common vinyl flooring FAQs to get answers to your floor installation questions.

Frequently asked questions

Vinyl floors are available in a myriad of designs, including tiles with wood, stone, terrazzo and concrete effects. When installing your vinyl flooring, you will want to keep in mind some frequently asked installation question to ensure you install your floor correctly. Here are some question to keep in mind:

Q. What type of sub-floor do I need to install my vinyl flooring?

Vinyl floors can be installed on either concrete or wood sub-floors. You can also install your vinyl flooring on top of old linoleum or vinyl floors as long as the floor is structurally level and in reasonable condition. There should be no large tears that might cause the new floor to buckle.

The vinyl flooring installation procedure, however, differs depending on the type of vinyl flooring used, such as fibreglass, sheet or tile. Fill in large cracks on concrete sub-floors and replace rotten boards on wood sub-floors to ensure you don’t damage the new vinyl flooring.

Q. Do I need to use underlayment for my vinyl floor?

In most cases you will need to use plastic sheet underlay to protect your floor against excess moisture. The floor manufacturer will usually provide instructions to use a plastic sheet underlay in the installation manual. Read, understand and apply the manufacturer’s instructions to do things correctly.

Generally, however, you will need to clear the room where you will install the flooring, scrap or sand down high places and use levelling compound for low places in concrete sub-floors. Correct instability and use service grade hardboard plywood underlayment for wood sub-floors. Finally, sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly to ensure it is completely dry and ready for installing the new floor.

Q. Do I need to let my vinyl floor acclimatise to the room?

Yes. It is recommended to let the vinyl flooring acclimate to the room when it arrives. Bring the flooring in to the room where it will be fitted and set it there for at least 24 hours. This gives it adequate time to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room before installation. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions to the letter to ensure you install your floor correctly and get the results you desire.

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