VINYL FLOORING BUYING GUIDE

Flooring

11 / October / 2017

Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide

In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about introducing vinyl flooring to your home, including how to shop for it, how to design with it, and how to install it. First, we'll give you a brief on one of the hottest trends in interior design. Vinyl flooring has taken the flooring market by storm. Let's quickly compare the other options to understand why.

Vinyl Flooring vs. Carpet

This is an easy one. What's hot for carpeting now will quickly go out of style in a few years, and so will its pristine condition.

Vinyl Flooring vs. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring, though gorgeous and longer-lasting, can be extremely expensive.

Vinyl Flooring vs. Laminate

Laminate floors have a short lifespan and are incredibly at risk for moisture damage.

Vinyl Flooring vs. Linoleum 

The 70's called. They want their flooring back.

Vinyl Flooring Benefits 

Vinyl flooring combines the best of these options. New technology enables vinyl flooring to resemble real hardwood more realistically than ever before. It wins for durability and stability too: the material is completely waterproof, will never fade, and resists wear and scratches due to a thick "wear layer." Few flooring options are easier to clean and maintain. Vinyl flooring becomes an even smarter investment when you factor in price. You get the aesthetic and longevity of hardwood at costs comparable to laminate.

Now that you're sold on its visual appeal, durability, and wallet relief, let's look at how the technical benefits make vinyl flooring a winning option for your home. We'll review costs, installation, and upkeep. 

Vinyl Flooring design options

This first step is our favorite one. This part in the process involves taking a deep look at the designs available and the spaces in your home. We'll start by introducing the different options for our vinyl plank flooring. 

vinyl plank flooring

Heirloom Pine Plank Flooring

When shopping for the highest quality vinyl flooring, consider darker tones and textures—darker floors are making a comeback. Our Heirloom Pine Vinyl Plank Flooring offers deeper tones that add richness and warmth to a room. This option pairs especially well with light walls and furniture.

  • Planks measure 48" W x 6" D x 1/16" H
  • Installed via water-soluble glue
  • 24 pieces per box
vinyl plank flooring

Pecan Luxury Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring

Lighter color flooring options are ideal when you want to bring airiness to a space and make it feel larger. The Pecan Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring has the visual elements of the patterns and textures of real hardwood, but the elements of "luxury" make it tougher, more durable and easier to maintain. 

  • Planks measure 48" W x 7" D x 5/16" H
  • Locking installation method
  • 8 pieces per box
vinyl plank flooring

Trail Oak Luxury Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring

Our Trail Oak Luxury Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring brings a warm light oak color to brighten up a room. The luxury vinyl flooring status signifies best in durability and resemblance of hardwood.

  • Planks measure 48" W x 7" D x 5/16" H 
  • Locking installation method
  • 8 pieces per box
vinyl plank flooring

Pine Vinyl Plank Flooring

Pine wood is a timeless flooring choice. Our Pine Vinyl Plank Flooring resembles real pine wood while offering more durability and less maintenance. The medium warm tones of pine pair well with most interior design themes.

  • Planks measure 48" W x 6" D x 1/16" H
  • Installed via water-soluble glue
  • 24 pieces per box
vinyl plank flooring

Restored Wood Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring

For a cozy and trendy Scandinavian-style interior, choose our gorgeous Restored Wood Vinyl Plank Flooring. Interior design experts continue to indicate the popularity of grey tones with low-sheen finishes. The grey color of Restored Wood brings calming, neutral tones to a room, while its rich texture inspires a rustic quality. Modern design champions open spaces and airy atmospheres—pair this vinyl plank flooring with white and light colored walls and furniture to achieve a modern look.

  • Planks measure 48" W x 7" D x 3/16" H
  • Installed via water soluble glue
  • 10 pieces per box

The best uses of vinyl flooring

Most rooms in your home will benefit from vinyl flooring, and here's why. Our 6" and 7" wide planks showcase pattern details beautifully. Wider planks also create the illusion of a bigger space thanks to fewer joint lines. The low-sheen finishes hide dust, dirt, and scratches. Because of its durability and ease of maintenance, high traffic rooms—like the bathroom, kitchen, or living room—will especially benefit from vinyl plank flooring.

Bathroom Flooring

Because vinyl flooring is waterproof, the bathroom is one of the areas of your home that will benefit the most from this type of flooring. The material keeps water from seeping into problem areas, plus, it's easily cleaned. Bathroom flooring doesn't have to be plain and simple. Our various designs and textures will fit almost any interior design theme, whether you're planning for a rustic, modern, or transitional look. Enjoy the aesthetic elegance of vinyl flooring as it stands the test of time.

Kitchen Flooring

Your kitchen is a space that should welcome and inspire. A vivid hardwood look gives a dramatic touch, and with vinyl flooring, you can achieve that same effect with a material that's more affordable and much easier to maintain. Work with your appliances, cupboards, countertops, and backsplash tile to understand the style to feature. Darker tones work best with stainless steel appliances. Lighter or medium-tones will compliment many different shades in a room. The kitchen is an area where you can let your imagination grow, providing multiple color combinations that stick within the realm of functionality and visual appeal.

Living Room Flooring

The living room is another great place to let your creative side shine through. If you have a fireplace, go for oak, pine, or other wood patterned design. The glow of the fire is a perfect match for a warm, rich tone on your living room floor. Of course, you'll need to take furniture, wall color, and the general interior theme into consideration as well. Balance out lighter colored walls with a darker toned floor, or choose a lighter vinyl flooring pattern for an open, airy feel in the space. The living room is another blank canvas for unfurling your imagination.

How to measure for vinyl flooring

Now that you've determined the right design(s) for the right room(s) in your home, you will need to measure your space. For this step, it is important to note that our vinyl flooring comes in plank formats. The plank pieces range from 6 to 7 inches in width and 48 inches in length. To ensure you're buying enough materials to cover the area, measure the full length and width of the room. The extra space taken up by appliances, cupboards, and other such cemented surface area will allow you some leeway in your cuts and precision. If you want to get more technical, measure the surface area of these appliances and unmovable objects, then subject that amount from the total surface area to obtain a precise amount of materials needed. When making your selection, make sure you pay attention to the number of pieces sold per box. Our options come in 8, 10, or 24 pieces per box. It is good practice to purchase extra materials to ensure your floor will be fully covered. We recommend buying an additional 10%.

how to install vinyl plank flooring

How to Install vinyl plank flooring

To install your new flooring, you must start by removing the current covering. This could be carpeting or wood flooring. Underneath the top covering should be a layer of wood base. This base may require some slight repairs to prevent against creaking or weak spots. These reinforcements can be created through the cutting of wood corkboard or like materials. For plank flooring, start from a bare wall location and work your way towards unmovable objects. This will also increase the accuracy and will give you a little wiggle room for miss cuts or flawed tiles and boards. Maykke's vinyl flooring designs can be installed in two different methods.  

Installing flooring with water soluble glue

Tools needed

  • Utility knife & straight edge
  • Measuring tape
  • Shears for cutting
  • 1/8" spacers
  • PVC floor glue
  • Glue brush
how to install vinyl plank flooring
  1. Clean the entire floor, making sure the floor is dry, free of any debris, and has no bumps.
  2. Obtain water soluble PVC floor glue.
  3. Apply glue to floor, following the manufacturers instructions. how to install vinyl plank flooring
  4. Lay a row of loose planks without securing them to each other first. This is to determine if you need to adjust the length of the first plank to avoid a small piece of length of 12" on the opposite wall from where you start.
  5. Allow a minimum gap of 1/8" for subfloor movement or product expansion, which should be covered by molding. how to install vinyl plank flooring
  6. Lay the first row in a straight line.
  7. Continue this pattern for the remainder of the rows to be installed. Always place the cut end of the first plank against the wall.

Installing flooring via the locking method

Tools needed

  • Utility knife & straight edge
  • Measurement tape
  • Shears for cutting
  • 1/8" spacers
how to install vinyl plank flooring
  1. Lay a row of loose planks without securing them to each other first. This is to determine if you need to adjust the length of the first plank to avoid a small piece of length of 12" on the opposite wall from where you start.
  2. Installation should start in a corner and proceed from the wall with tongue facing out away from the wall.
  3. Allow a minimum gap of 1/8" for subfloor movement or product expansion, which should be covered by molding.
  4. Lay the first row in a straight line. how to install vinyl plank flooring
  5. When installing, stagger the rows so that the short edge seams are not in a straight uniform line. Start the second row with plank cut at about 2/3 length.
  6. Score the plank and snap.
  7. The next plank, interlock the short side first, leaving it slightly aways from the long side and then slide into the long side.
  8. When cutting for length, be sure to always cut the short side of the plank with the groove edge. The remaining piece can then be used on the opposite side of the room, at the end of that row of layout permits.
  9. Start the third row with the plank cut at 1/3 of a length. Again, the remaining piece can be used at the opposite end of the row, if the layout of the room permits.
  10. Continue this pattern for the remainder of the rows to be installed. Always place the cut end of the first plank against the wall.

To fit vinyl flooring around irregular objects:

  1. Make a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or irregular objects.
  2. Place the pattern upon the plank and trace.
  3. Cut along trace lines using a utility knife, and lay plank.
  4. Be sure to leave a minimum of 1/8" expansion space around all fixed objects, floor vents and door frames.

Hope you love your new vinyl floors!

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