Vinyl is an artificial flooring material that’s ideal for high-traffic areas. It is a cost-effective substitute to hardwood floors as it is available in a variety of colours and designs like those of wood. But, due to its synthetic material, some homeowners might have questions regarding its installation.
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here are the answers to some common questions asked by homeowners about installing vinyl flooring.
1) Where can I install vinyl flooring?
Ans. Vinyl flooring can be installed in any room of a home. It is a versatile and durable flooring material ideal for rooms with high-traffic such as living rooms, kitchens and entryways. You can also install it in rooms that have high moisture such as bathrooms and basements because vinyl is water-resistant. Vinyl flooring can be installed over other floorings (hardwood, plywood or concrete) but make sure that the subfloor is smooth and free from imperfections.
2) Can sunlight affect my vinyl flooring?
Ans. Yes. Vinyl flooring is not resistant to sunlight. UV sun rays can damage the surface causing discolouration. Installation experts recommend covering your windows with curtains or blinds in rooms with vinyl floors that have regular exposure to sun rays, especially on extremely sunny days.
3) Can I install vinyl flooring myself?
Ans. Of course. Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest DIY flooring materials. However, vinyl floor tiles are easier to install compared to vinyl sheet flooring. Just make sure that you prepare your subfloors well. Vinyl flooring is very flexible and subfloor imperfections can be easily visible after installation. Therefore, keep your subfloors smooth and remove debris before installing.
4) What is the average lifespan of a vinyl floor?
Ans. The average lifetime of vinyl flooring depends on the quality of the product. Most will typically last from 10 years to 20 years. If maintained properly, it can last for much longer.
5) How do I replace a damaged vinyl tile?
Ans. To replace a damaged vinyl floor tile, heat the damaged tile by blowing hot air on it with a hair dryer. Keep heating until the tile becomes malleable. Use a sharp knife to dig into the tile and then pry it off from the subfloor by using a putty knife. Scrape the remaining adhesive from the subfloor (moving from the edges towards the centre). Now replace the old tile with a new one.
6) Can I walk on my vinyl floor immediately after installation?
Ans. No. If you walk on your vinyl floor immediately after installation, then you can disturb the adhesive and damage the tiles. It is recommended to wait for 24 hours and allow the adhesive to hold the tiles properly.
Hopefully, these answers addressed some of the questions you may’ve had. Vinyl flooring is an easy to install option that has many benefits to offer. It is strong, stylish, cost-effective and water-resistant. Consider this flooring option to get a perfect combination of comfort and durability.