Vinyl flooring is regarded as a fairly simple flooring process anyone can carry out in their homes. Vinyl flooring is popular due to its unique feel that it gives to space. It can also be remodeled over other types of flooring like concrete or ceramic tile. But can you install it over other floors, such as ceramic tiles?
The answer is yes, you absolutely can! You can easily put a new vinyl floor on top of pre-existing ceramic tiling. It is an easy DIY process and involves a few simple steps and either vinyl sheets or planks.
However, the procedure involves a little preparation and a correct following of the step-by-step process. For that, you need to know a few things that could help you lay a very smooth vinyl floor that makes your space a whole new one!
Things you Need to Know About Vinyl Sheet installation.
If you are installing vinyl sheets, you should take care of the following things:
- Sheet vinyl should not be allowed to settle into cracks, so first, you need to patch your tiles to make them a smooth surface. You can do this by filling the grout lines with the thin-set mortar using your putty knife. Make the surface as smooth as you can.
- After the mortar has dried fully in roughly 48 hours, you will need to smoothen any rough spots with your medium-grit sandpaper. After this, you should remove any debris from the floor by sweeping it thoroughly to avoid trapping anything under your new floor.
- Next, remove your skirtings, quarter round, and baseboards with a mullet or a crowbar and put them aside for reinstallation over your new floor.
- Afterward, measure all the edges in your room and note them down on a piece of paper. You will need them for reinstallation. Include measurements of any obstacles too to cut out later from your vinyl flooring.
The Installation Process
It is recommended that installation begins in the corner of the room. Between the first row of flooring and the wall, insert spacers so that a ¼” (6 mm) gap is created.
When installing the first row, insert the short edge of one plank into the short edge of another plank at a slight angle and rotate downward. Continue to complete the starter row maintaining a straight edge for the following row.
Use a tapping block and soft-faced hammer to close any gaps between the planks.
Once you reach the end of the first row, measure and cut the final plank so that it completes the row while also leaving the necessary ¼” expansion gap. Last planks of rows must be at least 8″ long. and snap the panel. It will be necessary to cut the foam underlayment after snapping the panel.
Joining your planks
When joining the next plank to the first plank in the row, join the short side edges first. There will be a gap on the long-side joints when the plank is rotated down.
Raise the outside long edge of the plank upward approximately 1″. Maintain this angle as you push the plank in until the long edge of the plank meets the long edge of the first row. Rotate downward on the plank until the joint locks.
After tapping the long side joint closed, close the short edge joints using a tapping block or pull bar.
What to Remember When Installing Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl floors should be brought 48 hours prior to installation to acclimate to the conditions. This is one of the most important steps every do-it-yourselfer needs for installing Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. Before installing LVP, bring the flooring into the room where it is going to be installed. The room should be at an optimal temperature between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit and optimal humidity between 35%-65%.
Read all manufacturer’s instructions. Every box of Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring comes with manufacturer instructions that should be read before installing Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. The instructions include necessary information specifications for LVP installation. If not followed, the flooring warranty could be voided.
Use shims and small flooring planks to ensure a quality install. Like many floors, Vinyl Plank flooring should be installed with an expansion gap. This gap should be left between the floor and the wall because the flooring can buckle if it expands and has nowhere to go. The exact expansion gap measurement should be in the manufacturer guide.
In the same way, door trim should be removed to allow room for the floor. A small scrap of flooring can be used to ensure that there is adequate room, so your install goes smooth—and you can enjoy a quality flooring installation for years to come.
Allow Time And Plan Ahead.
Many underestimate the time required to install a new floor. They often fail to account for moving and replacing all of the room’s furniture and the fact that they won’t be able to live in the space while it’s being laid.
Planning ahead and knowing what to expect always makes for a better outcome and a lot less inconvenience in the short term.
Some Professional Advice that can Help You out!
With flooring, like most purchases, you do get what you pay for. While a cheaper floor will undoubtedly save you money in the short term, there is a good chance that it may end up costing you much more in the long run. There are also a lot of imitation products on the market that look the same as quality products but fail comparatively.
There’s no problem in keeping up to date with current flooring trends, but sometimes design magazines can push the envelope style-wise, with so-called ‘trends’ quickly falling into the ‘fad’ category.
Time is key
Everyone loves a bit of DIY, and the internet has hundreds of thousands of videos and blogs showing you how to install the flooring yourself. And while it can certainly be done, you should consider the cost of your own time first.
What might take you a month of Sundays to install might only take a professional flooring contractor a day, or even less. We often have customers share their DIY tales, where they had to live in a building site for months, just to save a few pennies on a contractor.
It Is All About The Tools.
Have the correct tools. Having the proper tools to get the job completed in a timely manner is essential. Review what tools you will need throughout the entire process and have these on hand. Different installs require different tools. Hardwood flooring depends upon saws, while tile flooring cannot be completed without mortar. Specialized tile saws can be rented and make a big difference for both time and the results. Check with our team to ensure you have all the essentials.
Always Get A Little More.
Calculate the flooring you need and then get 5% – 8% more than your calculations for defects, mistakes, waste, and extra if you need to replace boards. You need to add in a little for waste, mistakes, and some leftovers for repairs if you ever need to do them.
There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a project and having to hit pause because you don’t have enough to finish. But be careful not to buy too much. Our store charges a 25% restocking fee for unopened boxes of planks, so I don’t want to have to return if I can avoid it.