How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring in Your Bathroom in 5 Easy Steps
Do you want to remodel your bathroom with new vinyl flooring? lt looks like solid hardwood flooring and is waterproof, which is why it is perfect for high-moisture areas like your bathroom.
Vinyl flooring is versatile, durable, and comfortable underfoot. It also gives any room a sleek, attractive finish. In addition, vinyl is stain-resistant and dampens noise, making it a preferred flooring choice for families with children and/or pets.
In this post we will guide you through how to install vinyl flooring in your bathroom. It is not easy, but with the right tools and a basic understanding of floor installation techniques, you can renovate your bathroom yourself
Simple Steps to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring in Bathroom
Compared to solid and engineered hardwood flooring, vinyl costs a lot less. With the development of vinyl flooring technology, its designs have also improved, making it a popular flooring material.
In this post we will discuss the basics of how to install vinyl bathroom flooring. First, we will discuss the required tools; then we will continue with the vinyl flooring installation process.
Here are the tools and supplies you will need:
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Pry bar
- Belt sander
- Tapping block
- Utility knife
- Wood screws
- Silicone caulk
- Vinyl planks
Step 1: Remove the Existing Floor: The first step to remove your existing floor is to remove all the existing obstructions on the floor. It may seem easier to install the planks around the toilet, but it’s harder to create a neat look that way. So, it is best to remove the toilet and any other obstacles on the floor, like a bathroom vanity.
When you install a new floor, leave some space between the walls and planks; this allows the flooring to expand and contract safely. Remove the baseboard cladding to create the space needed to install a new floor.
If you have ceramic tile flooring, you first need to remove the tiles before you install the planks. Lift out the tiles with a pry bar. This can take some time, so be patient.
Though not recommended, you can install vinyl planks over existing laminate floors so long as it is clean of debris, in good repair, and completely flat. For concrete floors, you can install vinyl flooring directly by following the correct installation procedure.
Step 2: Prepare the Subfloor: To install the vinyl planks, you need an even and levelled floor; otherwise, the unevenness can increase the risk of the planks coming apart.
First, use a scraper to remove all the mastic from the subfloor. Then use a carpenter’s level to check the floor’s alignment; if you find any uneven spots, use 40 grit sanding paper to sand down the floors. Repair any cracks with concrete filler; for sloppy spots, raise the floor using self-levelling concrete.
Step 3: Measure the Bathroom and Plan a Layout: Measure the space in your bathroom so you don’t leave an awkward space at the end of the row or in a corner. Meticulously plan where each plank will go and how the pieces will fit.
Start your measurement from the spot where you will lay the first row of planks and continue until the endpoint. Or, start along the longest wall of the room; then, measure the width. Note both measurements and multiply the numbers to get the total area. This measurement will give you an idea of how much vinyl flooring you will need.
When measuring the room, calculate the distance of the water lines and toilet flange from the shortest end of the room. Then, drill holes into a plank for the water lines. Measure the flange’s diameter to cut half a circle off a plank to fit around the toilet flange.
Step 4: Install the Vinyl Planks: Once you are done drilling holes for the water lines and cutting the space for the toilet plunge, the space is ready to lay down the first row of planks. Some vinyl planks require you to cut off the tongues of the first row. You can ask the manufacturer whether you need to do this with yours.
After cutting the tongues off, install the first row of planks. Allow for a ¼-inch space from the wall to properly account for the spacing. The last plank in the row should be longer than 6 inches to help stagger the planks in subsequent rows.
Start the second row using the offcut from the first. Use a mallet and tapping block to tap the second row of planks to lock them into the first row. Maintain a minimum spacing of 6 inches between end joints throughout the entire floor. This will create an aesthetically appealing staggered pattern and add to the floating floor’s structural strength.
Continue with this pattern to install planks until the last row. As you go along, trim the planks as needed to fit around corners and curves. The last row requires focused attention and precision, just like the first. So, we recommend cutting and installing one plank at a time to ensure it fits perfectly. Don’t forget to maintain the ¼-inch space between the wall and planks.
Step 5: Reinstall the Baseboard
Once you are done with the plank installation, put back the baseboard and trim. Apply silicone caulking in the space between the bathtub and new floating floor to prevent leakage.
For a more compact look, consider installing a C-channel transition on the bathroom door. Do a final clean-up and enjoy your new bathroom vinyl flooring.
Following these simple steps will allow you to install your vinyl flooring with ease. So, if you’ve been thinking of giving your bathroom a new look, now is the time. Reach out to Amazon Hardwood to get the best vinyl flooring and installation services.