If you are looking for a simple and exciting DIY project, replace vinyl flooring with laminate! Vinyl flooring is very outdated – give your home a modern and bright feel with nature inspired laminate flooring.
You can swap out your flooring over a weekend. Installing laminate is very simple, here are the basics you need to know about:
Tools and Materials
- Heavy Duty Floor Scraper
- Utility Knife
- Tape Measure
- Broom or Vacuum
- Coping Saw
- Circular Saw
- Pry bar
- Tapping Block
- Safety Goggles and Work Gloves
- Flooring installation guide from Manufacturer
How to Replace Vinyl Flooring with Laminate
- Remove all self-sticking vinyl tiles with the floor scraper, and then make another pass across the subfloor to scrape away any remaining high spots of adhesive
- Use your utility knife to cut through the paint around all baseboards and moldings, and then remove those features with the pry bar
- Sweep away or vacuum the debris from Steps 1 and 2 to ensure the subfloor is clean and flat
- Prepare a moisture barrier or underlayment above the subfloor as required by the manufacturer’s instructions
- Follow those same instructions to install your new flooring, using the tapping block to lightly force each plank into place against adjacent planks. Be sure to leave at least a ¼-inch gap between the planks and wall to allow for expansion without buckling. Follow manufacturers instructions
- Use transition strips in doorways, around permanent obstacles, and in areas near other types of flooring materials.
Have you replaced old flooring to install new laminate flooring? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!