Install Vinyl Plank Flooring as a DIY project

There are many videos and print outs of instructions for installing Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring (LVP).  These instructions run from over complicated to inadequate.  That is why we decided to create an instruction sheet.  We believe you can make this a DIY project.

A
Compare the different LVPs available. Many issues are possible:
Super thin
With or without a backing––backing is not always a plus
Poor locking systems
Pattern repeat too small so the repeat shows­
Color not varied enough or varied too much, etc    
B
Some LVP have a sticky back. You lay it out letting each piece stick to the floor. Carpets Direct NEVER recommends peel and stick on any floor, due to long term problems with this flooring.      
C
True Luxury Vinyl is “floating.” Floating floors link each plank and create a much smoother more wooden floor look.  The cost for LVP is like everything else:  the better the quality the higher the cost—up to a point.  After that point, the dealer is just going for deep pockets.  Buying from a reputable dealer will avoid or resolve all these problems.   
A
If the floor you are covering has a tendency to get moist, get professional help to select the proper Luxury Vinyl Planking. Some types are designed to handle moisture, others will crack or mold.
B
Tools to have on hand– screwdriver–light mallet–tapping wedge–ruler–miter saw-jigsaw. Depending on your needs, a rented Luxury Vinyl Plank cutter is a great addition. 
C
Check the evenness of the floor. If there is a ¼ inch difference over a 4-foot span, you need to level it. If the floor is not level all LVP will bend and give over time. If the floor is not even, use a filler to level it 
D
Remove any wooden or rubber baseboards (being careful not to damage the dry wall). Remove the covers to the heat vents. Clean the floor thoroughly. Dirt and dust will make the surface uneven and will work up between the planks. 
E
Decide which direction you want the planks to lay. Then measure the width and length of the room. Also measure the width of the planks. You do not want a small fragment of a plank (under 2 inches) as your last plank. If necessary, slice planks longwise to have the first and last plank the same size.
Example: The plank is 6 inches wide and the floor is 49 inches. Eight planks would yield 48 inches and a 1-inch space for the last board. Splitting one plank in half longwise will allow the first and last board to be 3 inches and fill the space with 7 planks. 
F
One trick for easy mix of patterns and slight color variations is to number and open all the boxes, then each time you need a piece take it from the next box. 
A
Place wedges along the wall so your LVP has an expansion space. This space will not show when you replace the quarter round, but your flooring will be able to expand and contract as the weather dictates. 
B
Using your length measure cut your first board so that you have balanced the beginning and ending of the row. (When you deal with a door or floor length window, you may need to cut under the frame so the LVP can be cut to fit the frame pattern, slip under the frame, and look like it was designed to be there.) 
C
Continue adding rows, cutting out openings for heater vents, drainpipes, and frames. 
D
When the last row is added remove all wedge pieces, replace the baseboard and or quarter round, and enjoy the floor 

IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG AT ANY POINT SIMPLY CALL CARPETS DIRECT 859-485-1414. WE WILL COME HELP YOU FINISH THE INSTALLATION.