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What are some tips for installing loose lay vinyl flooring?

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When preparing to install loose lay vinyl flooring, keep the room's temperature at a consistent 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only should the furniture be removed from the area, but the water to the room needs to be shut off.

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The old vinyl or carpet needs to be removed and the area cleaned thoroughly prior to the installation. The floor needs to be level and even, which requires the homeowner to use concrete or wood filler where there are gaps or dips. The filler needs to be sanded down to smooth any rough spots..

The vinyl needs to be placed in the room where it is gong to be installed and allowed to sit for at least six hours. This allows the vinyl to adjust to the humidity and temperature of the room. When measuring and cutting the vinyl, the homeowner should add an extra 3 inches to both the width and length. This allows extra room for error and change as the vinyl acclimates to the conditions of the room. The vinyl needs to be trimmed so it is just one-fourth inch away from the walls. The small gap is covered by the shoe molding installed along the base of the wall.

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