8 Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Installing Sheet Vinyl
Vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring options and can be installed in any part of the house. With new textures and designs coming up in luxury vinyl, there’s plenty for the more aesthetically-minded as well. Vinyl flooring is available in sheet, tiles and plank form. Installation mistakes can happen particularly with sheet vinyl. It can render additional expenses in the future and hence, should be avoided.
We have highlighted some major installation mistakes in this post that happen with sheet vinyl so that you can avoid them.
- Thinking sheet vinyl and linoleum is same
Many homeowners make the mistake of considering sheet vinyl and linoleum sheet as the same and treat them the same. However, linoleum is a natural product made from linseed oil and wood flour, resins and cork dust blended together. It requires an additional water sealant application after it is installed. On the other hand, vinyl is manufactured from petroleum and processed to be highly moisture proof. Thus, it does not require any additional coating of sealant after it is installed.
- Making mistakes while cutting the sheet
Sheet vinyl is available in large rolls which must be measured and cut precisely so that it fits the room perfectly without leaving any gap or buckling and folding at the edges. Know the dimensions of your home precisely before you order for the sheet vinyl. The flooring experts at the store can give you suggestions about the best size for your home. Once you get the sheet, seek professional help to cut it as required.
While it is the least expensive flooring option, making mistakes like cutting it too small or not maintaining a straight line while cutting can ruin the entire floor. You will be left with the only choices of replacing it entirely or filling up the gaps with shreds of vinyl which can look unsightly.
- Installing the flooring right after it is delivered
Unlike hardwood or laminate flooring, climate won’t have a dramatic effect on vinyl sheets and it will not expand or contract as much. But, for the best results, it is always recommended to leave it for at least 24hours in the room temperature where it is to be installed. This is because vinyl tends to shrink a bit when it is cold and acclimatizing it to the room temperature solves this trouble. Moreover, trying to installing it right away may lead to missing out on subfloor preparations and checking the relative humidity indoors which influences how well the flooring fares in the later years.
- Not preparing the subfloor before installation
The subfloor preparation influences the longevity of the flooring material and preparations must not be neglected. Whether you have a plywood subfloor or concrete, it should be thoroughly cleaned. If it is concrete, check the moisture level and ensure it is dry. The subfloor must be repaired or replaced when it is compromised in any way. This can lead to unforeseen additional costs and if you are not prepared for it, putting a hold to your flooring installation is best. Installing the vinyl sheet on an unprepared floor will lead to a major problem like moisture trapping. It will lead to repairs and patch-ups much sooner than you expect.
- Not tearing off the old damaged flooring
Vinyl sheets can be easily installed on any flooring provided it is clean, level and dry. However, if the old flooring experiences severe water damage, or is gauged at places, it must be stripped off before installing the new flooring, otherwise it’s likely that the effect of the damage will pervade the new flooring.
- Forgetting the floor height difference
Most flooring materials are thicker than vinyl sheets. If you rip off the old flooring and install the new vinyl sheet, you will notice there is a minor height difference between the vinyl floor and the door jamb, which was not there earlier because of this reason. You will have to look for a transition material that will go underneath the vinyl sheet to level the vinyl sheet with the door jamb. If vinyl is installed over an existing flooring the added height, can demand slight trimming of the doors. A flooring expert can advise you best on the transitioning options suitable for you.
- Hiring inexperienced workers or trying DIY to cut costs
Hiring inexperienced workers just because the labour rates are low can lead to unwanted consequences. The same troubles can happen if you are trying to install the sheet flooring by yourself. Consider the experience and the background of the contractor you are hiring. Discuss with friends and family to find out about contractors they recommend. At times, mistakes with vinyl sheet installation happen because of misjudgment regarding the subfloor. This kind of subtle mistakes can be avoided when an experienced contractor is working for you. Avoid going the cheaper route as it also means cheaper quality. Instead, look for contractors who are experienced and is offering the service at a standard rate.
- Delaying the after-installation clean-up
Sheet vinyl is glued down to the subfloor and there is always a chance of spills and mess. Not cleaning the excess glue as soon as possible can lead to dried up glue in places which will be very difficult to remove later. You will need a solvent for this purpose. The best solution will be to have a bucket of warm water and cleaning cloth close at hand so that you can quickly clean up the mess.
Vinyl sheet flooring is a popular choice among many homeowners for its affordability and durability. However, it is not easy to replace tiles and planks even if only a portion is damaged. Hence, the installation must be carefully done while avoiding potential mistakes so that you get a perfect floor. Seek help from the right flooring professionals to get the best quality sheet vinyl along with proper installation services.