CLEAN AND INSPECT THE EXISTING FLOOR
Whether we’re installing over an existing floor made from linoleum, hardwood, or concrete, or on top of a plywood subfloor, we need to inspect the surface to ensure it’s ready for installation. When prepping your installation site, we make sure the that surface is clean, dry, and level. It’s important to let the surface fully dry before installation because any moisture or debris left beneath the tiles can cause wear or promote the growth of mould and mildew.
LAY THE TILES
For equal distribution around the room’s edges, we want to ensure that the tiles that touch the wall are no less than half a tile wide. We make some marks and then, we place the first tile right in the centre of the plus mark and work out from there, eventually forming the carpet row by row. Lay the pieces before you adhere them to the floor so we can adjust as needed.
ADHERE THE TILES
Peel-and-stick carpet tiles have adhesive on the back of the tiles. We peel the protective coating to reveal the sticky part, and press the tile into the floor. When it comes to glue, however, we need the adhesive and u-notch trowel. We swipe the glue on the floor and spread an even coating over the surface where your carpet tile will go. Having a level surface is important, so we take a diligent care when adding adhesive.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
First, we make sure the floor is free of any disturb using our utility tools. Then, we give the floor a good sweep. Once we have checked the floor is clear, we will need to fill in any gaps with silicone. Filling in the gaps makes the surface smoother so there are no indents in the floor when the vinyl is placed down.
We roll out the vinyl flooring so that it overhangs and rolls up the wall about 75mm. This will allow for any mistakes when cutting. Now take a pencil and mark along the edge of the skirting boards where you need to cut the vinyl. Then, we start cutting it along the line with some utility knife. When the vinyl fits into the corner, we mark and trim off the excess. For any outstanding walls or corners, we cut the vinyl to fit around these using two angles to make a V-shape. You can then push the vinyl into the corner to continue the marking and cutting process.
Then, we apply the glue using trowel and hold upside down briefly to stop it from dripping. Then start scraping the glue onto the floor using short movements around the edges. Once the glue is applied, we use a damp sponge to slowly roll the vinyl down over the glue, and pushing with sponge from left to right to remove any air bubbles. We need to allow 24 hours to dry before walking on this or installing skirting boards or a doorframe.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
REMOVING THE OLD FLOORING
We will need to create a blank canvas. So, we rip up all that old flooring, including the “smooth edge”. Depending on the size of the area we are renovating, and what flooring we are removing, this could become quite a large job, so asking for help from a friend or neighbour will help speed up this process.
LEVELLING THE AREA
We need to ensure that the area to be laid with the new vinyl planks is completely flat with no lumps or divots. This can be achieved with what is called a ‘skim coat’. Essentially, it is a levelling compound that looks similar to cement slurry.
LAYING THE VINYL PLANKS
Finally, once the skim coat has cured, it is time to lay the new vinyl plank flooring. We find the best way to run the space and set out the room as per manufacturers guide lines. We apply Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) to the floor with a paint roller. Then, we lay the planks top to tail in your desired direction, making sure that we leave no gaps between each of the planks.