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How to Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring

By: Danny Lipford
Danny Lipford lays vinyl plank flooring in the beachfront condo.

Danny Lipford lays vinyl plank flooring in the beachfront condo.

Installing self-sticking vinyl plank flooring is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project, but preparation is key.

  • Clean the subfloor thoroughly.
  • Ensure the room or rooms where the floor is being installed are climate-controlled and a consistent temperature, preferably warm.
  • Mark a line in the center of the room along its length. This is where installation begins so that the cuts along the two long walls will be equal.
  • Begin laying the planks at one end. It’s important that no piece be less than 6 inches in length and that the joints on adjacent rows do not align with each other.
  • Using a square and a sharp utility knife, score the pieces to about half their depth and then snap in half.
  • Use a small circular saw to cut along the length of the pieces.
  • Ensure each piece of flooring is tight against the adjacent pieces.
  • Leave a small gap around the edges of the room to allow for expansion and contraction of the material. Cover that gap with shoe molding by nailing the molding to the baseboard.
  • Use a weighted flooring roller to firmly bond the vinyl planks with the subfloor below.

Watch the video for detailed instructions.

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