You're a step away from beautiful new floors!
It's finally happening. You've chosen the perfect style and design for your space. Now comes the time to discuss installation—and here's where the expert installers at Wacky's Flooring & Lighting come in.
While our team will handle the hard part, a little preparation on your end doesn't hurt. In fact, it'll make the installation that much more efficient.
Steps to prepare for installation
Remove all furniture and other objects from the installation area. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty cabinets, closets, and similar. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate-controlled (heated or air conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45 and 65 percent.
Prior to installation day, consider your old flooring. How will you be disposing of it? This can be a time-consuming task, so we recommend contacting us regarding the best method and related costs.
If you do plan to remove your current flooring, do it at least one day prior to the arrival of your vinyl to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for vinyl installation. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
Your existing subfloor may need additional preparation, or a new subfloor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with your Wacky's Flooring & Lighting representative. If subfloor work is necessary, it's easily taken care of by our qualified professionals. Remember, it is important that the subfloor be as clean and level as possible.
Installing new vinyl will produce waste. Usually, these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with a representative at Wacky's Flooring & Lighting before the installation. Also, ask about vinyl remnants.
During the installation
Be prepared to be at home while the installation is taking place to answer any questions the installation crew may have. You'll also be able to assist in ensuring the correct placement of the vinyl. Because it can be difficult to estimate the complexity and length of each job, installers are not always able to give an exact arrival time; however, we will do our best to keep you updated.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques during the installation that can make the work area hazardous. Therefore, it is important to keep children and pets away from the area until the job is finished.
After the installation
Once the installation is complete, conduct a thorough walk-through. Doing so allows you to see the finished product, and you can ask any final questions you may have. If you are sensitive to dust and odors, keep the area well-ventilated for up to 72 hours after the vinyl is installed.
For a minimum of 24 hours after the installation, don't walk on any seams or seam sealer. You'll also need to keep the room at around 20° (68° F) or greater for at least two days afterwards to allow the adhesive to set properly.
Once you're ready to move appliances and furniture back into the room, place an underlayment (plywood or particleboard) with a minimum thickness of 3/8" on top of the new flooring. Use caution when moving heavy items so as not to damage your new flooring.
Wait at least five days before washing your flooring to make sure the adhesive is 100 percent cured.