5 Steps To Install LVP Flooring In Your Home

July 9, 2021

Are you looking to install LVP flooring in Chattanooga, TN? You’ve come to the right place. Here at Direct Flooring, we get asked a lot, “Am I able to install LVP Flooring on my own as a DIY project?” The answer depends on your situation, so take a look at the steps below to find out whether you are ready to install LVP flooring on your own.

(Before we begin, you can also call us for a free in-home estimate if DIY is too much for you.)

Step 1: Floor Preparation

First, we need to do an audit of what you have to work with.

Are you installing on a flat surface?

Are there any bumps or nail heads sticking up?

Is the floor swept and/or relatively clean?

Is there carpet or old wood that needs to be pulled out first?

Once you have a clean and flat surface to work on, you may begin step 2.

Step 2: Start With A Supporting Wall

When you are planning to lay down your first LVP floor panel, you need to pick one starting point.

It is important that you DO NOT outline your whole room. Pick one supporting wall, ideally with a 90 degree angle to another wall.

Start here. Begin with your first long LVP panel. Right next to this panel you will place a short panel. And next to that short panel you will place another long panel. This is how you create the staggered panel look. Repeat this process in all directions.

Step 3: Start With The Right Tools

When you install LVP flooring in your home you must make sure you have the right tools. Those tools include:

  •  LVP cutter
  • Rubber mallet
  • Table Saw
  • Jam Saw

Do you need an LVP cutter for a DIY installation?

At Direct Flooring, we recommend using an LVP cutter for your DIY LVP flooring installation. The good news is if you live in Chattanooga, TN we can pre-cut your LVP floor panels for you.

The reason we recommend using an LVP cutter is it will give you a clean finish and all of your LVP panels are going to be cut the exact same.

LVP panels can be cut with a table saw, but it is very likely that your cuts will be slightly off. If this happens, it will make your installation much harder in the end.

The rubber mallet will be used to lock your LVP panels together.

The table saw will be used to cut your quarter round to the right size.

The jam saw will be used to make sure your LVP panels can fit right into the end of your wall under the quarter round.

Step 4: Begin Installation

Now that you have all the tools you need, you can begin laying down your LVP panels in the staggered pattern.

You will want to lay your panels down 1-by-1 down the length of your supporting wall. You don’t need to go all the way to the edge of the wall as you will likely need to make measured cuts on your final piece.

Next, keep laying down panels along the width of your room. Lock in each panel with a few taps of your rubber mallet.

After the whole floor is laid down and covered with your LVP floor panels, you are almost done.

Make sure you are locking everything into place by installing a quarter-round along the perimeter or your wall. The quarter round is optional, but here at Direct Flooring, we utilize the quarter-round with about 90% of our projects.

Step 5: Final Walkthrough

Now you have every panel laid down. Your quarter round is installed. You are almost finished.

Lastly, you MUST do a final walkthrough on your floor, and make sure there are no panels loose. This is a very important final step. If everything is locked into place, you will have a beautiful, new, LVP floor that will serve you for years to come.

Finally, if you are running into any problems, or if you would like to purchase LVP floor panels for the best prices in Chattanooga, TN reach out to us!

Direct Flooring

4707 English Ave

Chattanooga, TN 37407

(423) 541-8080