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  • iDeal Floors' Step-by-Step Click-Lock Vinyl Plank Installation Guide




    Have you heard of click lock flooring? Or maybe you've heard of floating floors!

    This new style of flooring locks into place by fitting grooves of each plank together.

    Flooring installation just got loads easier!


    Now let's jump into the installation!


    Step One: Smooth Sub-Floor

    A smooth and flat sub-floor is a necessity here. Vinyl flooring works well in any tightly sealed, smooth or seamless surface. Higher or lower parts of your subfloor will cause your new flooring to wear faster in certain areas.

    If needed, you can remove you previous flooring and use a razor scraper to remove any residue. However, if your previous flooring is level, there's no need! In addition, this process does no damage to your previous flooring underneath, meaning you can always go back to your old floors if you're ready for a change.


    If your subfloor is uneven, sand down the high spots with 40- or 60- grit sand belt and fill in the low spots with a floor patching mixture. Use a trowel to smooth it out. You can use a leveler or large plank of wood to find the high and low spots.


    However, it's often much easier to lay your vinyl over your previous flooring. Vinyl flooring is the best option for laying over old flooring because of how thin it is! With vinyl, you won't have to worry about trimming doors shorter or any other added troubles.


    If you're laying your new click vinyl over tile, you must fill the grout lines with leveling compound, or to lay a new subfloor over the tiles. In fact, because vinyl does not require an underlayment, the extra insulation provided by the tile is a bonus.


    Step Two: Preparing Your Tile for Vinyl (Optional)

    This step is only necessary if you have tile floors that you are choosing not to remove.


    •Chip out any loose grout and clean up the pieces

    •Next, prepare a cementitious floor-leveling compound. We suggest Henry 555 Level Pro or LevelQuik Self-Leveling Underlayment.

    •Grab a bucket and add water until the mixture is pourable.

    •Spread the mixture onto the floors with a trowel or float until the entire floor has more or less the same amount of material and is flush with the tops of the tiles. Your goal is an even floor!

    •Grab a long, straight 2x4 and lay over your floor to level it. Try to do this before your mixture hardens (about 30 minutes after mixing).

    •Let the mixture dry thoroughly before installing the tiles. This could take 24 to 48 hours depending on the temperature and humidity.


    If you think you may want to uncover your tile later on, you can glue down a layer of 1/4" to 1/2" plywood on top of your tile instead. Be sure to make sure this won't raise your flooring level too much!


    Step Three: Sweep, Vacuum, Repeat!

    This step is that simple, be sure there are no debris, dust, or anything that will cause your floors not to lay smoothly.


    Step Four: Prep - Baseboards, Door Casing, and Expansion Gap

    Every brand of vinyl plank flooring comes with specific set of installation instructions, be sure to follow them. However in general, vinyl flooring should be installed with a quarter-inch to half-inch perimeter where the flooring meets the wall, allowing for proper expansion in warmer months.


    •Baseboards can be removed prior to installation, and replaced after the vinyl is installed or you can use an oscillating multi-tool or small pull saw to undercut your baseboards and door casing so that the vinyl can slide underneath.

    •Grab a small piece of your vinyl to measure how much to cut.


    Step Five: Laying Planks

    •Start by laying your planks parallel to the longest wall. This way, you'll have to cut less planks.

    •Before you begin, measure the width from one of the longest walls to the other. Be sure to factor in the expansion gap!

    •Divide this by the width of the exposed top of one plank. This amount is how many planks you will need to fill that area. The post decimal portion is how much you will have to cut down your last plank.

    •Try not to cut any planks less than half width. Instead, cut the first and last plank to fill your area correctly.

    •Starting with your first row, click end to end together. Slide the tongue of the first plank into the groove of the next plank at a low angle and lay it on the floor.

    •Next, do the same with your second row, and click the two rows together, working down the sides of the planks.

    •Some planks may be a bit stubborn, use a pull bar and hammer to gently tap this planks into each other until they lock.

    •You can use the piece leftover from your first row to start the second row and the piece leftover from your second row to start your third row. This staggers the rows creating a better visual. You may also want to open several boxes at once in order to mix up the variety as you install.


    Step Six: Post Installation

    •Install shoe molding to match your trim to cover the expansion gap.

    •Be sure not to pin down your planks so that they can still expand in warmer weather.


    Step Seven: Enjoy your Craftsmanship!

    These floors require no setting time like glue down so you can immediately enjoy your beautiful new floors and brag on your hard work! You deserve it!



    Now that you're a click vinyl plank installation pro, all you need is the flooring itself! Click here to get a free estimate and one on one help with one of our expert specialists!



  • 05.11.20 0 Posted in Our Floors By Ideal Floor

    iDeal Floors Step-by-Step Glue Down Vinyl Plank Installation Guide


    DIY GUIDE

    Wait - Did you say Glue down vinyl? Why would anyone bother with it these days when we have so many click install products? Although it may take a bit more time to install, the material is most definitely less expensive and this slightly more tedious installation leads to more durability!


    Now let's jump into the installation!


    Step One: Smooth Sub-Floor

    A smooth and flat sub-floor is a necessity here. Vinyl flooring works well in any tightly sealed, smooth or seamless surface. You can remove you previous flooring and use a razor scraper to remove any residue.


    However, if your previous flooring is something like tile, it's much easier to lay your vinyl over the tile. Vinyl flooring is the best option for laying over tile because of how thin it is! With vinyl, you won't have to worry about trimming doors shorter or any other added troubles.

    Before you decide on this option, be sure your previous floors do not have radiant heat. Glue-down vinyl adhesive doesn't stand up well to high temperatures. We recommend using floating vinyl planks on floors with radiant heat, provided the temperature of the floor stays below 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

    In order to do this, you must fill the grout lines with leveling compound, or to lay a new subfloor over the tiles. In fact, because vinyl does not require an underlayment, the extra insulation provided by the tile is a bonus.


    Step Two: Preparing Your Tile for Vinyl (Optional)

    This step is only necessary if you have tile floors that you are choosing not to remove.


    •Chip out any loose grout and clean up the pieces

    •Next, prepare a cementitious floor-leveling compound - We suggest Henry 555 Level Pro or LevelQuik Self-Leveling Underlayment.

    •Grab a bucket and add water until the mixture is pourable.

    •Spread the mixture onto the floors with a trowel or float until the entire floor has more or less the same amount of material and is flush with the tops of the tiles. Your goal is an even floor!

    •Grab a long, straight 2x4 and lay over your floor to level it. Try to do this before your mixture hardens (about 30 minutes after mixing).

    •Let the mixture dry thoroughly before installing the tiles. This could take 24 to 48 hours depending on the temperature and humidity.


    If you think you may want to uncover your tile later on, you can glue down a layer of 1/4" to 1/2" plywood on top of your tile instead. Be sure to make sure this won't raise your flooring level too much!


    Some floors will call for a paint-on primer prior to installation. This primer fills pores in the subfloor and helps the adhesive stick more effectively.


    Step Three: Sweep, Vacuum, Repeat!

    This step is that simple, be sure there are no debris, dust, or anything that will cause your glue not to adhere well to your flooring!


    Step Four: Prep and Adhesive

    Every brand of vinyl plank flooring comes with specific set of installation instructions, be sure to follow them. However in general, vinyl flooring should be installed with a quarter-inch to half-inch perimeter where the flooring meets the wall, allowing for proper expansion in warmer months.


    •Baseboards should be removed prior to installation, and only replaced after the vinyl is completely set.

    •If you can finish the room in one setting, go ahead and spread the pressure sensitive adhesive to the ground using a trowel. Do not use too much or it will ooze in between each plank.

    •If you cannot finish the room in one setting, lay out five or six boards against a wall and chalk a straight line along the end. Measure the distance, and chalk a straight line of the same distance starting from another parallel wall.

    This way you have sections to begin with and don't glue past where you're ready to lay down vinyl. Fill in your sections with adhesive.


    Step Five: Laying Planks

    •If you are finishing the room in one setting (tiles must be laid within 2 hours of adhesive application), begin in the middle of your floor, laying down one row at a time. The adhesive does not allow for each plank to slide so be sure to place each plank down carefully next to the previous one.

    •Gently press each plank into the adhesive so that they fully bond. You can use a vinyl floor roller. Try kneeling onto a piece of plywood instead of directly onto the vinyl in order to add more even pressure to the flooring.

    •If any adhesive oozes out, be ready with a damp rag to immediately wipe it up.

    •As you continue, measure and cut pieces to fit the rest of your room.


    Step Six: Post Installation

    •Keep an eye on your floors to make sure each plank is tight against the other and no adhesive is oozing out.

    •Allow your floors a few hours to bond before walking on them.

    •Do not wash your floors for the first week so that the adhesive can fully settle.


    Step Seven: Enjoy your Craftsmanship!

    Enjoy your beautiful new floors and brag on your hard work! You deserve it!



    Now that you're a click vinyl plank installation pro, all you need is the flooring itself! Click here to get a free estimate and one on one help with one of our expert specialists!



  • 8 Tips to Create Your Personal Comfort Zone and Workspace


    While we never know what life might throw at us, we can prepare ourselves for times of hardship by creating places of peace and comfort in our homes.


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    Separating Work and Rest


    Inside of our homes may have seemed like the last place we wanted to look for rest during quarantine. However, as it becomes one of our only options, it also becomes all the more necessary.

    As we find ourselves spending more and more time working at home, it is important to physically separate where we work and where we rest. For example, if you spend all day working in bed or on the couch, how can you expect to find rest there immediately afterwards?

    Implementing designated rest and work areas in your home can be extremely beneficial! Even if your home is small, you can always find new ways to create your own personal comfort zone and work space.


    Creating Your Own Personal Workspace


    Try moving your furniture around to set up a small home office space built specifically for focus and work hours.


    •When choosing the right spot, try to stay out of the way and away from distractions like the tv or snacks.

    If you have kids that need supervision, try setting them within eyesight, but not near enough that they'll be tempted to bug you every 30 seconds.

    If your best option is somewhere like the kitchen table where you can't leave your work supplies out, grab a basket or bin to store all of your supplies in. When you're finished working for the day, simply load up your basket and set in a discreet corner or closet.


    •Adequate lighting is a must have for your work space. If a spot near a window isn't an option, try moving lamps from other areas of your home.

    If your eyes feel strained after the first couple of days in your new workspace, that's a sign that your lighting isn't doing its job. Try adjusting the position of the lamps and/or adding more lighting options.


    •Even if you don't have an expensive ergonomic office chair, it's important to not spend hours of your day hunched over or in an uncomfortable position. Proper back support can be created with cushions and pillows.

    If you find yourself getting sleepy often while working, consider working standing up at a kitchen counter top or other tall surface. Just be sure that you're not having to lean over in order to work.


    •Last but not least, don't forget to decorate your new workspace! Implement some positive vibes with house plants or your favorite art piece! Embrace those work-at-home perks and bring out your diffuser or calm, non-distracting music while you work.


    Creating Your Own Personal Comfort Zone


    Try introducing these tips to your comfort zone, and the rest of your home for an overall relaxing environment.


    •With the numerous styles, options, and suggestions out there these days, it can be hard not to try to fit all of your favorites into your home! However, studies have shown that simplicity is a key ingredient to a peaceful environment.

    Ridding our home of those extra little knick knacks and pointless table toppers can offer considerable relief. In your personal comfort zone, try to have as much free space as possible so you don't feel cluttered or crowded.

    Instead of trying to incorporate every idea and Pinterest picture you've liked, ask yourself what truly feels like an expression of yourself.


    •When deciding how to decorate your home and resting space, choose things that remind you of things you love. Whether choosing colors and images of your childhood or hanging yours or your children's artwork, your home should be a reflection of your personal values and rarities.

    While anyone can make suggestions, your true comfort starts with you. So ask yourself, what makes you feel at peace?


    •Research shows a multitude of benefits from having plants in the home. From the bright cheerfulness of fresh flowers on your table to the air cleansing properties of an aloe vera or spider plant, adding some greenery to your home is a surefire way to create a sense of calm. Click here to check out this list of air purifying plants for the home!

    If you weren't born with a green thumb, check out this list of low maintenance house plants.


    •Do your best to create a calming color pallet. Blues, whites, and soft lightings are sure to instill serenity into any space. If you'd like to add contrasting colors to your space, green is the easiest color for our eyes to physically view.

    Adding small amounts of orange to your blue induces a sense of symmetry and balance through complementary colors. However, stick with soft and pale oranges instead of brightly hued shades.


    These tips may seem quite simple, but once you've implemented them into your home, you'll be surprised at what a difference they can make!



  • iDeal Floors' Guide to Buying New Floors


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    Thinking it may be time for new floors? Don't get overwhelmed by the multitudes of flooring options out there. At iDeal Floors, we know floors and are happy to help you get started on your newest home improvement project!


    With options ranging from engineered wood to laminate to porcelain tile, who wouldn't be overwhelmed when looking for new floors?

    What flooring is best for my home and family? Can I afford it? How intensive is the installation?

    We're here to answer all these questions and more because at iDeal Floors, we know floors!


    1. What's my budget?

    No one likes falling in love with a specific product only to find it's way outside of your budget. Instead, narrow down your options by budget first.

    Contact us for a current financing deals!


    2. Where is this flooring being installed, and what kind of traffic will it have to withstand?

    While so many of us have set our eyes on that classic hardwood look, it often is not able to withstand most families' lifestyles.


    3. What kind of cleaning and maintenance am I able to realistically keep up with?

    In the excitement of home renovation, our eyes may be bigger than our figurative stomachs.

    Different types of materials require different types of maintenance within different types of lifestyles. Each of these aspects must be realistically considered to prevent your floors from not holding up in your home. We want your floors to stay beautiful years after installation!


    4. What kind of look do I want?

    Finally, it's time to look at all types of styles, colors, and samples. The fun part has arrived!

    Now that you have narrowed down your options by budget, material durability, and required maintenance, you won't risk falling in love with a specific flooring that isn't right for your home.


    So we've given you some good questions to ask, but where do you find the answers?

    We've created an in depth overview for each of the most commonly used flooring materials and their durability, required maintenance, and look.


    Laminate Flooring


    What is it?

    Laminate is constructed of dense fiberboard and features an image of a material, such as wood or stone, beneath a clear-plastic protective layer, laminate can mimic almost anything.


    Installation

    It will either have a "floating" installation in which pieces fit together in grooves (click lock) or it will be glued down.


    What does it cost?

    Laminate is one of the most affordable flooring options.

    At iDeal floors, we have laminates ranging from $0.99/sqft to $2.29/sqft.

    Did you know the average cost for Laminate at other retail flooring stores is $2-$7 per square foot?


    Durability

    Laminate is pretty tough stuff! It tends to resist scratching and sunlight discoloration better than most wood products.

    However, once the top layer has worn through (this doesn't happen easily), it will most likely have to replaced because it can't be sanded down like wood.


    Vinyl Flooring


    What is it?

    Vinyl flooring can come in long rolls of flooring like Laminate but it often comes in planks.

    It consists of synthetic and durable printed vinyl material protected with a top coat over a hard backing.


    Installation

    Like Laminate, It will either have a "floating" installation in which pieces fit together in grooves (click lock) or it will be glued down.


    What does it cost?

    While many Vinyls tend to be more affordable than wood products, because of its amazing durability some high end vinyls can be the same or more than wood floors.

    At iDeal Floors our sheet vinyl ranges from $0.61/sqft to $1.82/sqft.

    Our Vinyl plank ranges from $0.89/sqft to $2.99/sqft.

    Other retail vinyl can make it all the up to $5 per square foot! Thank goodness for iDeal Floors' prices!


    Durability

    Often called, "resilient flooring," Vinyl is Especially good at fending off wear, dents, scratches, discoloration from sunlight, and stains. Many variations are waterproof as well.


    Ceramic or Porcelain Tile


    What is it?

    Ceramic tile is a clay mixture formed and then baked in a kiln.

    Types of ceramic tile include glazed ceramic, quarry, porcelain, and terra-cotta.

    Porcelain tile comes from finer clay that is baked at a higher temperature, making it extra durable and water-resistant.

    Installation

    Unfortunately, installation is the downfall of tile.

    Intensive prep work is needed as your subfloor needs to be perfectly smooth before you can set your tile and grout.

    For most applications, it's best to hire a professional, which can be pricey, as tiles can crack and some grout can stain.


    What does it cost?

    Although tile prices per square foot are pretty affordable, installation prices can double the total price.

    iDeal Floors has large stock of tiles in ranging from simple to extremely intricate.

    Our tile prices range from $0.19/sqft to $24.99/sqft.


    Durability

    This classic look tends to resist wear, moisture, scratches, dents, and stains better than any other flooring.


    Engineered Wood Flooring


    What is it?

    Engineered wood is made of thin layers of wood sandwiched with adhesives. It uses a thin veneer of real wood over plywood making it quite a bit more cost effective than regular hardwoods. However, It still looks just like regular hardwood floors!

    These floors also increase the value of your home more than vinyl or laminate.


    Installation

    Engineered wood can also be installed by glueing it down or by click lock installation (floating floors).

    What does it cost?

    Engineered wood is the less expensive twin of hardwoods.

    iDeal Floors' engineered wood prices range from $1.89/sqft to $2.99/sqft.


    Durability

    Because of its construction, it can usually withstand higher levels of humidity and would be less likely to expand when compared with solid wood flooring.

    However, is scratches and dents slightly more easily and most engineered woods cannot be refinished as often as regular hardwood.


    Hardwood Flooring


    What is it?

    Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. They provide a natural warmth to any home and greatly increase the value of your house.


    Installation

    There are four basic types of installation: nail down, staple down, glue down and floating/click. Nail down is a popular method for hardwoods because of its permanence.

    However, this method does require a wooden subfloor, which greatly increases the overall cost if you don't already have one.


    What does it cost?

    Solid hardwood flooring tends to be one of the priciest flooring options.

    iDeal Floors hardwoods range from $1.99/sqft to $3.99/sqft.

    Most retail hardwoods are in the $2-$6+ range.


    Durability

    Hardwoods have an impressive wear resistance, and it can be sanded and refinished several times. Pre-finished floors can hold up better than those finished on-site, but tend to be more expensive.

    However, it will expand and contract with varying humidity levels and can also dent somewhat easily. It is not meant for basements, bathrooms, or any rooms with dampness or humidity. Some types of solid woods tend to be discolored from sunlight as well.


    Wishing you had someone to help you through this process? Here at iDeal Floors, we'd love to walk you through it and find the best flooring for your home!


    Click here to get a free estimate and one on one help with one of our expert professionals


    OR


    Reach out to us at...


    [638 E Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX 75137] - [972 283-6600]


    [1221 W. Buckingham Road, Garland, TX 75040] - [972-675-6800]


    [1145 Louise St, Fort Worth, TX 76112] - [817-492-8500]


    Or check us out on Facebook or our website!


    www.idealfloors.com • https://www.facebook.com/iDealFloorstx/



  • 22.12.17 0 Posted in Articles By Ideal Floor
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  • 28.03.17 0 Posted in Articles By Ideal Floors
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    iDeal floors loves being out in the community and helping to get beautiful flooring solutions in your home. But we are also an extension of the local real estate community. We make sure your Realtors have the perfect flooring referral for you!

    We meet with local real estate organizations to let them know what we offer and how we put your needs first.

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