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Common Mistakes When Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is the most budget-friendly and reliable floor treatment compared to flooring designed with natural materials. This flooring will provide real hardwood or stone finishing to improve the beauty and functionality of your space. Moreover, vinyl flooring is more water-resistant and durable than other flooring. 

It is crucial to install vinyl plank flooring properly to enjoy its complete functionality. If this is your first time installing vinyl plank flooring and you are nervous, you are not the only one. But there is nothing to be worried about. In this blog by Wall Curtains, we will list common mistakes when installing vinyl plank flooring. Avoid these mistakes to install this flooring with proficiency.  

Mistakes When Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring

10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring

Here are some common mistakes people have made while installing vinyl plank flooring. Read them carefully to avoid them from your end.

Not Sinking Fasteners

One of the most common mistakes people make is not removing every kind of sinking fastener from the floor. According to installing experts, ensure no nails, staples, or previously installed flooring components are left on the floor. If you forget to remove them, there is a high chance that they will transfer into the plank. 

One of the most important factors for properly installing vinyl flooring is having a flat surface. Sinking fasteners cause uncomfortable walks and increase the chances of trips. 

Improper Alignment

The second common mistake when installing vinyl plank flooring is improper alignment. The vinyl planks only look good when installed in a streamlined manner. To avoid this problem, temporarily place these planks over the floor and observe very carefully whether the alignment is correct. 

The recommended alignment of these planks is parallel. The pro-tip for the proper alignment of these planks is to make any wall a reference point and start placing these planks in order. If you find this task challenging, you can get help from professional installers.

  • Not Leveling The Subfloors

The third mistake during vinyl plank flooring installation is not leveling the subfloors. Installing a vinyl plank over an unbalanced subfloor can cause gaps between the boards like it happened with wooden flooring. Additionally, the flooring will click when you walk over it, which looks pretty awkward. To avoid this problem, always check the level of the subfloor. For this purpose, you will need a straight piece of lumber or a measuring tape. 

Fix a starting point to start measuring the level of the subfloor. If you see any gap or uneven subfloor, fix it immediately before the installation. 

  • Patterns Incompatibility Of Vinyl Plank Flooring 

The fourth blunder in the list is choosing incompatible vinyl flooring patterns that do not contrast with existing room patterns. So, before flooring installation, it is recommended to analyze the existing room patterns. To make a suitable decision, consult an expert first and then invest your money in installing the right patterns of vinyl floor planks. 

  • Not Undercutting Door Jamb And Trim

The use of a transition strip is necessary to install vinyl plank flooring for the streamlined view. This strip should fit under the door jam. In some cases, this strip can be part of the trim. For instance, if you do not undercut the trim, you must scribe the plank around it. 

Besides all that, you have to fill the gaps or spaces with caulk. This approach is not a smart idea when installing vinyl plank flooring. 

  • Do Not Use an Appropriate Amount of Adhesive.

The sixth mistake is not using the appropriate amount of adhesive during the installation of vinyl plank flooring. First, always choose a heavy-duty adhesive that will stick to the floors for many years without peeling. Furthermore, if you do not use the proper amount of adhesive on the plank, it may cause peeling. 

Spread the glue evenly on the back of the plank. Do not forget to leave the edges because the peeling starts from there. 

  • Forgetting Vents And Fixture

Never neglect the vents and fixtures during the installation of vinyl plank flooring. Always plan first how these vinyl planks will meet around the radiators, vents, or other architectural features of the place. After checking vents and fixtures, measure and cut these planks to provide flawless and neat integration. 

  • Not Checking The Weight Rating 

There are specific weight ratings for vinyl plank flooring for different places. So, if you install vinyl planks in a room containing heavy appliances and furniture, check the plank rating first. If you neglect this feature, the planks will likely be affected by wear and tear very quickly. 

  • Rushing The Installation 

Rushing the installation process of vinyl flooring can increase the chances of errors. Take proper time to check that every plank is properly aligned and secure and sticks to the floor firmly. 

  • Not Following Manufacturer Guidelines 

Each manufacturer has different guidelines for their vinyl plank flooring. It is necessary to read them all for proper installation. Skipping to read their instructions may cause errors during installation. You can also consult with a flooring company to help you lay vinyl planks perfectly and suggest you the best practices. 

Steps Involved To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Here are the steps to install the vinyl plank flooring at your place. Let’s explore them:

  • Allow vinyl planks to acclimate
  • Remove baseboards properly 
  • Prepare the subfloors
  • Lay underlayment (optional) 
  • Plan the layout patterns 
  • Cut the vinyl plank
  • Start installation 
  • Finishing touches. 

Final Words

This was all about the common mistakes when installing vinyl plank flooring. We hope that from the above discussion, you have an idea of how to install the vinyl plank properly. If you still have questions, you can leave a comment or send us an email.