How to lay vinyl plank flooring

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How to lay vinyl plank flooring

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Project Overview

Vinyl planks are a cost effective flooring option that are easy to clean. We show you how simple they are to install yourself. You’ll learn how to lay the vinyl planks and how to prepare the floor properly so you get a professional looking finish.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Seal your subfloor before laying vinyl plank flooring
2 Mark the centre line on your floor
3 Lay the first row of vinyl plank flooring
4 Lay more rows of vinyl plank flooring
5 Lay vinyl plank flooring around cabinetry
6 Lay a short end of vinyl plank flooring
  • Step 1. Seal your subfloor before laying vinyl plank flooring

    Paint a coat of sealant onto your subfloor. Protect the bottom of your walls and cabinets from a splash of sealant by covering them with strips of masking tape. Once the floor is sealed, let it cure for as long as required before you start laying your vinyl planks.
  • Step 2. Mark the centre line on your floor

    Choose which direction you will lay your vinyl planks. Once your direction is sorted out, measure the floor to work out where the middle of your middle row will sit. This is your centre line. Hammer a nail at each end of this line and then tie a string chalk line between them. Snap your string chalk line to mark your centre line on the floor.
  • Step 3. Lay the first row of vinyl plank flooring

    Lay the first row of vinyl plank flooring by peeling off the back for each plank and flattening it into place, over the top of the centreline. Each vinyl plank has a directional arrow on its backing paper. To get the best visual result, lay all your planks facing the same way.
  • Step 4. Lay more rows of vinyl plank flooring

    Lay the second row of vinyl plank flooring next to the first. Stagger the second row so the end of each plank lines up with the middle of the plank in the previous row. When laying the third row of planks, use your combination square to make sure its joins line up with the joins in the first row. Keep this staggered pattern going the whole way across the floor.
  • Step 5. Lay vinyl plank flooring around cabinetry

    Some of your vinyl floor planks will need to be trimmed to fit around the kitchen cabinets. Measure and mark out your lines on each plank and make your cuts with a trimming knife. To get the best results, go over the cut line two or three times instead of trying to cut through in one go. Once your trim is finished, remove the backing paper and stick the plank in place
  • Step 6. Lay a short end of vinyl plank flooring

    Sometimes you only need a short end of a plank to complete a row. A quick way to measure your cut line is to lay the plank in position with its backing still on. Then use your combination square to mark where it hangs over the previous plank and make your cut there. Now take off the backing paper and stick the plank in place. It’s worth keeping your offcuts in case you have any small sections to fill.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bonding and sealing agent
  • Chalk line
  • Combination square
  • Hammer
  • Masking tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint roller tray
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Trimming knife

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • Nails
  • Vinyl flooring planks
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