When you decide that the time has come to replace your carpets or other floors with vinyl tile flooring, there are many factors that you will need to consider and steps that you will need to take. While vinyl tile flooring is easier to install than most other types of flooring, if you do not follow proper procedure or invest in the right tools and equipment, you could have a total disaster on your hands. Get to know some of the important facts about installing vinyl tile flooring before you get started. Then, you can be sure that your new floor in installed easily and successfully.
Deal With Your Old Flooring and Get the Surface Ready
The first step in installing a new floor is dealing with the old one. This means tearing up your carpet and removing the carpet pad. However, you cannot stop there.
Leaving stray staples, nails, or tack boards in the wood that was underneath your carpeting will make your vinyl tiles uneven and create bulges in your flooring. So, be sure that every last nail, staple, and other remnant of your carpeting and the hardware than went with it is removed before you begin.
If you already have tile, wood, or other solid floors, the vinyl tiles can often be installed right on top of the existing floor. If you remove your flooring, however, you need to make sure your subfloor is solid and primed for your new vinyl tiles. Applying a primer to your subfloor is just like a primer when you paint your walls. You roll it onto the subfloor and let it dry (cure) for about 8 hours.
Invest in a Few Specialty Tools
Vinyl tile flooring is often a do-it-yourselfer's favorite flooring option because it is so simple to install, especially when you use peel-and-stick tiles. However, you will still want to get a few specialty tools (from a local outlet such as Bourget Bros Building Materials) for the installation process to make everything as easy and stress-free as possible.
The first of these specialty tools is a flooring roller. The roller is designed to press the tiles down evenly when installed and to prevent any bubbling or raised ridges between tiles. This is particularly important for tiles that you have to cut to fit along the edges of your room.
Additionally, investing in a vinyl tile cutter will make your life much easier as you work on installing your floor. You will need to cut some of your tiles to fit the dimensions of your room as well as to fit around corners and door frames.
A vinyl tile cutter looks much like a paper cutter but with a different blade and designed to cut through the thickness of the tiles in one cut. This will ensure you have quick, even cuts and no jagged edges as you might using a utility knife or other tool.
Now that you know some of the important factors in installing your new vinyl tile floor, you can get started on your new project. You will be finished with your new floor in no time.