Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Some Very Good Advice for Replacing Vinyl Flooring

by Mae Wallace

Want to spruce up a room in your house? Consider replacing and installing a new vinyl floor! Installing a vinyl floor is not difficult, though there are some factors to take into consideration that can make a big impact on the finished results.

Some tips for installing your vinyl floor include the following.

Your best guess is not good enough. This is not the time for guesswork. Measure the floor space carefully, after the trim and molding are removed, to obtain the most precise figure when estimating how much material you will need and what it will cost.

Do it when no one is home. The best time to plan your project is when nobody is home. If this isn't possible, try to schedule the project for when there will be a minimum of foot traffic in the space.

Assess your surface. Vinyl flooring can be installed directly on a concrete subfloor as long as the surface is clean, dry, and smooth. Vinyl flooring can also be laid on existing vinyl, linoleum, or laminate flooring if the surface is smooth and tightly adhered to the subfloor beneath.

Plan on an underlayment. If you are using vinyl over a wood floor, you will need to use an underlayment, such as plywood. If you are replacing a cushioned or resilient flooring material, you will also need to use an underlayment. When floors are compromised, buckled, or warped, you will also want to take the time to install an underlayment before you proceed.

Consider the clearance. Keep in mind that adding a new vinyl floor will add around half an inch to the total height of your floor. This means that you will need to consider the clearance on top needed for appliances and cabinetry to be flush with your counters or fixtures. Also, make sure that this difference doesn't cause an issue at the bottom of your built-ins or cabinets that may be flush with your floor; if necessary, you may need to take time to remove layers of subflooring or raise counters and cabinets.

Take time to deal with the trim. The trim around your flooring helps to keep it in place and wrinkle-free. Be sure to remove the trim when measuring and installing your vinyl flooring. Here are some tips for removing the trim and keeping it intact.

  • Take care to locate the original nails that were used to install your trim.
  • Use a nail-set and hammer to pound the nails through the existing trim so that it easily pulls away from the wall. Remove the nail from the wall with the claw-end of your hammer.
  • You may also use a flat-sided pry bar to gently and carefully pull the trim and nails away from the wall. Work slowly, or you run the risk of damaging your piece of trim or molding.

Don't forget to fill. Use products from your home-improvement store or flooring retailer to fill in the gaps, cracks, and seams after your floor is installed. These fillers can be used to repair issues or imperfections with the floor too. Typically, these fillers should dry completely, and then the spots should be gently sanded so that they are level with the flooring.

It is amazing the difference that a new vinyl floor can make in any room of the house. Use these tips to ensure that your floor lasts and lives up to your standards and expectations. Talk with retailers such as Simple Scribe about vinyl flooring options and tools. You can reach out to a flooring contractor if you don't have time to install the floor on your own.


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Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

I don’t know about you, but I work hard, and at the end of the day, I really want to come home to a relaxing hot shower. That’s hard to do, though, when your shower enclosure is too small, or when your water pressure is terrible. I decided that what I needed to do was give my shower space an upgrade. I had a larger shower enclosure installed, along with some massage jets and a shower seat. I started this blog about shower options to help you learn how to upgrade and improve your own shower experience. It’s more affordable than you think, and you can even do some of the work yourself. Check out the tips and advice on this blog to get the shower that you deserve.