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DIY Vinyl Floating Floors And Installation Guide

By Matt Fuller

Are you searching for solutions to give your old floor a new look?

When it comes to DIY flooring, few flooring systems are as simple to install as floating floors. Read on to find out how just about anyone can lay their new flooring just like the professionals.

Floating floor systems remove the headaches caused by the more conventional flooring options. There is usually far less floor preparation involved, faster turn around time from the start to completion of your flooring project, is less labor intensive, saves the hassle of having to install batons or masonite, does not cause height or trip hazards when connecting to other floor coverings such as carpet, and can often save you up to 50 percent of cost compared to conventional flooring alternatives.

Gone are the days of the tired looking sheet vinyl, right now, you can buy vinyl floating floors that also come in tiles and planks spoiling you with hundreds of modern and traditional colors.

When estimating for your flooring quantity, measure each section of the area. Take the width and length of a given area to arrive at your square meterage. When you have measured all the areas, allow an additional 15% for waste.

Generally speaking, floating floors are adaptable. In most cases you can successfully install your new floor directly over the top of the existing vinyl, timber, or concrete floor. The nature of the floating floor system will disguise most minor abnormalities with regards to your existing floor. However always eliminate any bumps or large cracks before the installation. Check for moisture. If you are unable to access a moisture meter, use a small section of the vinyl floating floor and place it in the appropriate area for at least 24 hours so you can detect moisture problems. As a precaution, always loose lay a plastic barrier directly to the existing floor.

Now, it’s time to lay the flooring. After you lay the plastic moisture sheets, commence installation of the underlay foam. Prior to laying the floating floor, we recommend to leave half an inch gap from the wall. Use spacers to maintain expansion consistency. This is one of the most crucial factors and is necessary in case the floating floor swells. Commence laying the floor from the farthest distance point of the doorway. Make sure the floor groove side faces the wall. Apply small amounts of wood glue in the panel grooves tapping gently with your rubber mallet. For large open spaces, ensure to allow for expansion provisions every 30 linear feet. Apply an industry standard joint sealant. This same sealant should be applied to connecting wet areas.

For more advice on your flooring requirements, visit our carpet Brisbane website for all the latest in today’s carpet and flooring options.

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