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Installing Luxury Vinyl Planks

Luxury vinyl plank laminate flooring concept. Worker preparing for new floor installation

Embarking on a DIY venture of installing Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring can be a challenging and satisfying journey. This guide walks you through the step-by-step process to achieve a professionally finished floor. While the process might seem cumbersome at first glance, breaking it down into manageable steps will demystify the procedure.

Getting Started

Notes:

This installation guide focuses on the actual installation of the new floor. Several other steps, including subfloor prep, baseboards, and door frames, need to be completed before installation can begin. Select from the list below on how to prepare for your new floor. 

Preparation:

  • Getting the size right, how to, Measure the size of your existing floor. 

  • Proper subfloor preparation is crucial for a successful vinyl floor installation. See, Options for preparing your existing floor. This includes:

    • ​Transition strip installation. 

    • Spacer placement.

    • Removing and replacing baseboards and crown molding.

    • Raising door frame.

    • Existing floor types: concrete, hardwood, plywood, carpet, laminate, linoleum, vinyl. 

  • Depending on your subfloor and vinyl choice, you may need an underlayment. See Underlayment options for help.

  • Gather and inventory your tools and supplies. Unnecessary trips to the hardware store creates major delays in your schedule.  See, Tools you will need to install your floor for help.  

The steps for installation are located in the tabs above; please review all of the steps several times before beginning the work.  

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