Underlayment: Use It or Lose It?
If you are new to vinyl, you are probably wondering: what is underlayment? Underlayment, as the name suggests, is a layer of material placed between your new floor and the subfloor (the concrete or existing structure on which the floor will reside). This additional coverage often helps to create an even footing for a floor and acts as a moisture barrier. Moisture often presents a problem when working with new concrete. Another benefit of this bonus layer is noise reduction. Vinyl placed in upper-level rooms can use the assistance of underlayment' s noise-reducing properties by keeping anyone living or working below them happy and noise-free.
DIY Pro-Tips for the Newbie
Experience comes with time, and time is at a premium. Here are a few tips to help you along the way to your finished floors:
Using planks or rectangles? Find your beginning.
Before you start, think about the visual you wish to create. How do you want the lines to flow? Place the planks parallel to the longest wall for to celebrate an elongated look that invites entrance to your room-or don' t. It is your space! Vertical, diagonal, or horizontal-look carries its own message and appeal. But, you won' t achieve it without a plan.
To hug the edges, cut close and caulk!
Moving around the corners and edging of the room will require a lot of patience. Remember to measure twice, and cut once. Each cut should fit snuggly around the intended area. Fill any gaps with an appropriately colored caulk.
What they don' t see won' t hurt them - don' t put too much time into closets!
Perfection is a wonderful, lofty goal for any DIY project. But perfection takes effort and time. Practice in the closet and apply your best craftsmanship to the spaces people will actually see!
Random sample 5 boxes for fresh looks.
Thanks to digital printing techniques, wood-look vinyl planks are more varied than they have ever been. Still, for the most authentic wood visuals, it is best to pull planks from several boxes as you lay out your flooring. This will allow for the most natural-looking variation between planks.
Charlene' s Tips for Better Flooring through Beverages:
Installing floors takes patience. Tension is bound to follow any new project. Husbands and wives juggling daily duties and DIY may encounter a little extra friction while attempting to complete a home improvement project-even an easy one. What better to relieve the anxiety than a subtle cocktail to smooth your own edges as you trim those corners? I personally endorse the aptly named “Loose Goose” cocktail for a smooth, fruity vodka de-stressor. Just add 2 shots of Grey Goose to orange juice, apple and banana slices. (Alter ratios of vodka to orange juice as the situation and tastes require.) If wine is more to your liking, you may also try Dr. Loosen Riesling to reward yourself for day of doing-it-yourself!