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8 Mistakes to Avoid in Hamilton Vinyl Flooring Installation

A large white room in a basement with beautiful vinyl flooring.

Vinyl flooring is a great option for any property. It is durable, affordable and stylish, and it can mimic the look of various materials, such as wood, stone, ceramic or others. Vinyl flooring is also water-resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and suitable for any room in your building.

However, to install vinyl flooring flawlessly, professional skills and experience are required. There are some common mistakes that can be avoided so that your vinyl flooring project is not compromised and doesn’t cause issues later on. In this blog, we will share some tips on avoiding these mistakes and ensuring a successful vinyl flooring installation.

1. Installing on an Uneven and Dirty Subfloor

The subfloor is the foundation of your vinyl flooring. It can be concrete, plywood, OSB or other materials. The subfloor needs to be dry and level before installing vinyl flooring on top of it. An uneven subfloor may cause the vinyl flooring to become uneven, loose or damaged.

Not only does the subfloor need to be even, but it also needs to be clean. If this step is skipped, it can make installation more challenging, whether using a click-float or glue-down style of flooring. Dirt and debris can inhibit the adhesive from working properly, or can “telegraph” to the surface of thinner flooring, or create a “crunch” underfoot.

2. Forgetting an Underlayment and Moisture Barrier

Underlayment can enhance your flooring installation by creating a more comfortable feel underfoot, reducing sound, and even smoothing out imperfections. Foregoing an underlayment can be problematic if you’re looking for comfortable and quiet floors. Underlayment can also serve as a moisture barrier. If you’re installing over a concrete subfloor, a moisture barrier is a must to protect your floors from any dampness from the concrete.

3. Not Measuring and Planning the Layout Properly

Vinyl flooring installation needs careful measuring and planning of the layout to ensure a professional-looking result. The size and shape of the room have to be considered, along with the direction and pattern of the vinyl flooring and the amount of waste and cuts involved.

4. Not Installing the Vinyl Flooring Properly

Vinyl flooring installation requires proper tools and techniques to ensure a secure and seamless fit. The manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully with the right type of adhesive, underlayment and transition strips for your vinyl flooring.

5. Not Alternating Designs in Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation

When installing vinyl plank flooring, you can choose from various designs that mimic natural materials like wood or stone. However, if these designs are not alternated properly, they may create an unnatural or repetitive look that detracts from the aesthetic appeal of your floor.

6. Not Sinking Fasteners

One of the challenges of vinyl flooring installation over existing baseboards or door trim is to ensure that any fasteners like nails or screws are sunk below the surface of the wood. This is because these fasteners can create obstacles for the vinyl flooring and prevent it from laying flat or smooth. They can also cause gaps, bumps or scratches on the vinyl flooring surface. Therefore, professional installers need to use a nail set or a drill to sink any fasteners before installing vinyl flooring.

7. Not Undercutting Door Trim

Another issue that can affect vinyl flooring installation is the door trim that reaches the floor level. This door trim can block the vinyl flooring from fitting under it and create a gap or a bulge. It can also damage the vinyl flooring by rubbing against it or cutting into it. To avoid this problem, vinyl floor installers need to undercut the door trim by using a saw or a jamb cutter. This will create enough space for the vinyl flooring to slide under the door trim and create a seamless look.

8. Not Planning for Corners

Corners are tricky areas when it comes to installing vinyl flooring. They require careful measuring and cutting of the vinyl flooring to fit around them. Without proper planning, corners can result in unsightly gaps, overlaps or wrinkles on the vinyl flooring surface. These can compromise the appearance and durability of the vinyl flooring. Therefore, installers must plan for corners using a template or a compass to mark and cut the vinyl flooring accurately. They also need to use a roller or a heat gun to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles at the corners.

Expert Vinyl Flooring Installers

Are you ready to transform your space with vinyl flooring installation? It is a convenient flooring option for any space. But to get the best results, you need to hire professional vinyl floor installers who know how to install vinyl flooring properly. That’s why you need Ferreira Flooring. We are the leading vinyl flooring service provider in Hamilton, Ontario, offering high-quality vinyl flooring installation

Contact us today and get a free estimate and consultation on your vinyl flooring project.


How do I maintain and clean my vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and clean. You can sweep or vacuum it regularly to remove any dirt or dust. You can also mop it with a mild cleaner and water to remove any stains or spills. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners that can damage the surface of the vinyl flooring. You can also use polish or wax to restore the shine and protect the vinyl flooring from scratches or scuffs.

How long does it take to install vinyl flooring?

The time it takes to install vinyl flooring depends on several factors, such as the size and shape of the room, the type and method of vinyl flooring, the condition and preparation of the subfloor, and the skill and experience of the installers. In general, installing vinyl flooring can take a few hours to a few days.

How do I choose the best vinyl flooring option for my needs and budget?

Choosing the best vinyl flooring option for your needs and budget can be easy with Ferreira Flooring. We have a variety of high-quality vinyl flooring brands to choose from, such as Twelve Oaks, Grandeur Flooring, Fuzion, and Artisan. No matter what style or design you prefer, we have something for you. From modern and sleek to traditional and classic, our vinyl flooring options will transform your space and reflect your taste.
Derrick MoggyDerrick Moggy
01:28 24 Sep 22
Alex and his team installed new hardwood flooring throughout my house. He was responsive, thorough and completed a quality job. I am very happy with the final product.
23:48 01 Jun 22
Alex was great to work with! He was very detail oriented, flexible and his picky and precise work ethic shows that he takes pride in a job well done! Would highly recommend!
Grant SkinnerGrant Skinner
21:54 23 Mar 22
Woa- we can’t be more thankful for Alex and the care and quality he put into helping us transform our space.Alex it truly a great communicator, very professional and his work speaks for itself.We had done a ceramic tile installation in our kitchen over a year ago, that over time had seen a lot of wear and tear, and the tiles began to shift. We unfortunately had to get these removed and so we found Alex online. His site, photos and work looked good so we called him to assess the project.From day 1 we felt good about moving forward with Alex and felt like he knew immediately what we were going for and what we wanted, and even offered some great suggestions that helped make the finish product even better.The entire process Alex kept us in the loop of what’s going on and how the process was moving forward.Once the project was complete, he even ended up coming back the following week to ensure that everything was finished up and even replaced a slightly damaged tile.We feel very fortunate to have had Alex help us make our house more homey.Without hesitation, we’d love to have Alex back for any future needs we may have!Thank you!
Kate KizilianKate Kizilian
13:34 15 Sep 20
Alex and his team are amazing. They are very professional, arrive on time, and share a positive and energetic attitude about your project no matter how big or small. He is through and asks questions to the homeowner instead of just doing. He’s meticulous in choosing the wood to use out of the box and has recommendations Of what to do when product arrives damaged or warped. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Angela KotskaAngela Kotska
19:16 29 May 20
Alex is beyond amazing at what he does! He is very professional and easy to work with. He shows pride in what he does and it shows every step of the way! Thank you so much Alex! We love our floor and we can’t wait for all the other rooms were going to do next! 10/10 RECOMMEND! Such an amazing person to work with and very professional! Highly recommend! :)

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