Homeowners have many options when it comes to choosing the flooring for their home, such as carpeting, ceramic tile, wood, and vinyl flooring. Although carpeting remains popular in living spaces such as bedrooms and living rooms, many people are moving away from carpet installation because solid flooring is more practical.
We’d never suggest choosing flooring options by how much they cost — it’s about getting the best value, and when you consider the pros and cons of luxury vinyl tile, it’s one of the best values available.
There are several factors that define vinyl flooring’s value for the money. Before diving into how much it costs to install, consider the long-term cost of maintaining it. Carpeting needs to be vacuumed and steam-cleaned, with extra treatments to remove stains. Wood flooring needs to be polished and occasionally refinished to keep it looking good. Tile flooring may need sealing, waxing, scrubbing and more.
Vinyl flooring care and maintenance is just a quick sweep and occasional mopping. With this easy care, it can stay looking gorgeous for many years, even with pets, kids, messy cooks, sloppy bath times, and much more.
HOW MUCH DOES VINYL TILE COST?
HOW TO INSTALL LUXURY VINYL TILE
The method of installation depends on the type of vinyl plank flooring you choose. Some flooring types need to be glued into place, while others are click-and-lock.
Glue-down vinyl plank flooring is simple to install. Before installing, however, you’ll need to make sure the subfloor is prepped thoroughly and is free of cracks, debris, and other imperfections, because they will show.
Here are the basic steps for glue-down luxury vinyl tile installation:
1. Prepare the subfloor. Remove any previous adhesive, fill in cracks, make sure the subfloor is completely free of dust, oil, paint, or any other materials. If desired, a floor primer may be applied.
2. Determine the direction for the planks. Typically, they will lay lengthwise in the direction of traffic through the room.
3. Measure to find the center of the room at both sides and snap a chalk line from one to the other.
4. Apply adhesive, according to package instructions, on one half of the room up to the center line.
5. Start installing planks along the center line of the room, offsetting each row by at least six inches. Work with three or four cases of planks at the same time to ensure a random pattern that will look realistic. Cut planks to fit as needed.
6. Roll the floor with a 100-pound roller and maintain minimal foot traffic for 24 hours.
As the most common type of luxury vinyl tile flooring, click-and-lock planks are “floating” flooring, meaning that they do not stick to the subfloor, only to each other. That means your subfloors don’t need to be perfect before installation. You can even install it over existing flooring, if you like.
Here are the basic steps to install click-and-lock vinyl plank flooring:
1. Make sure the subfloor is even, free of major defects, and clean.
2. Using a spacer to maintain 1/4 inch from the wall, lay the first plank along the left-hand corner of the room.
3. Attach the ends of the planks and the sides of the following rows by inserting the tab of one into the groove of the next. Maintain at least a six-inch offset. Work with three or four cases of planks at the same time to ensure a random pattern that will look realistic. Cut planks to fit as needed.
What type of underlayment should you use? How many inches thick? How do you install it? And how do you avoid damaging your floors in the process?
When you work with Factory Flooring, you don’t have to worry about these questions. Our team of professional flooring installers will handle all the heavy lifting for you — literally. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the savings on your energy bill.
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