Posted on: 27 October 2019
Installing new flooring in your home is a huge project. Not only do you have to clear the space, but you also have to prep the floor so that the new flooring looks perfect after it's been installed. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare the floor and finish the vinyl flooring that you have installed.
Inspect the Subflooring
The vinyl flooring will hide a lot of blemishes in the subflooring material, but if there are big bumps and dips they could be visible when the flooring has been installed.
Bumps in the subflooring might be able to be sanded out. Use some coarse sandpaper to try smoothing out the area. If that doesn't work, you may need to get a power sander or grinder to remove the excess materials to smooth it out.
If there are just a few small dips, you can use a bucket of joint compound to smooth it out. Simply clean the area and let it dry. Smear a coat of the joint compound over the area and create a smooth finish. Let it dry, sand it, and inspect the area. Sometimes the compound shrinks when it dries and will require you to apply another layer to level the area perfectly.
If you have lots of imperfections, you might want to get a bag of self-leveling concrete to pour over the flooring. Before you can do this, you have to seal all of the cracks with caulk and coat the floor with primer. The primer keeps the wood subflooring from absorbing all of the moisture and the caulk keeps the concrete from running places it shouldn't. Once the floor is prepped, the mixture is poured and left to harden. It will level out everything in the room and be ready for the vinyl flooring in a day or two.
Finish the Trim
If you're having the flooring professionally installed, are you having the installers also complete the trim or will you be doing that yourself? You should have removed the old trim when you removed the old flooring -- otherwise it will be very difficult to create a finished edge. Typically, the edges of the vinyl flooring will be hidden under the trim. Sometimes you can reuse the old trim after cleaning, stripping, and staining or painting it.
Talk with your local vinyl flooring professional for assistance with choosing the best flooring for your home and help with the installation process.Share