10 steps guide about how to Install LifeProof Flooring
Are you in search of an easy guide for your lifeproof flooring installation? Confused about where to begin? If yes, then you have landed on the right page online.
Lifeproof vinyl plank flooring is a great DIY project to take on if you need some in-budget home improvement. The installation is simple. All one needs is a step-by-step guide, which we have compiled for you below.
Let’s not waste any more time and get started!
1. Precisely calculate the number of boxes required
If you ask a pro they would tell you to install an additional 10% of your actual square footage in total. So, a good way is to calculate the number of boxes you need and the square feet that each box can exactly cover completely. You can add an additional box for precise measurement.
2. Sketch a blueprint to the last inch
The more precise you are with the initial layout, the better the results would be. Sketch a rough outline of the room including the lengths and widths that should be visibly marked.
This sketch will also help you decide whether you should remove your first plank to get more balance or not. This little exercise can save you from irreparable issues later on. Even if your room’s architecture is a perfect rectangle, still sketch the layout.
3. Get rid of all the baseboards
Even though this is an optional step but it can save you tons of time if you consider everything as a whole. Many homeowners choose not to remove the baseboard especially if it is in perfect shape. It is totally at your discretion.
However, you may need to do it if you require a gap between the walls and the floors. This gap on average is around 1/4″.
4. Grab some household items such as a broom!
There is so much you can do with scraps of old flooring. But, you can grab a broom or a nice piece of a block to push the lifeproof flooring in place. This ensures a tight seal and locks all the planks well in their place.
You can use the wooden block to tap the lined piece in a lengthwise direction on a relatively larger surface area.
5. Be careful about snapping the LifeProof Vinyl Flooring
You will find thousands of reviews online claiming that the life proof vinyl flooring is snap-proof. This is fake news and fake reviews. Do not fall for such a scam. You have to be careful while tapping the wooden pieces in place.
6. Do not throw away anything until your project is finished
When you are working on a flooring project, you are bound to make a mess. But that does not mean you start cleaning right away. Keep a box or a separate place around where you neatly pile all the scraps and cuts. You should know the effective way to cut the vinyl flooring so that you don't waste any pieces.
These may come in handy while you are installing the planks. Many homeowners have found this little exercise quite helpful when installing lifeproof flooring.
7. Give yourself a break! You are human after all!
Even if you are a pro at completing home improvement projects, you deserve to take a break in the middle. Your body deserves that. So, when you install your life-proof flooring, give yourself an hour or two to relax as your hands begin to hurt. Invest in good-quality working gloves for the protection of your hands.
Moreover, it is normal for a homeowner to take two to three days just for laying out the panels. It is an energy-intensive and tedious task. But, if you have a pair of helping hands, you may be able to get things done quickly.
8. Remember that everything is part of the learning process
You will not conquer it all right on the first day of the project. It may take you an entire evening simply to complete one row. Do not be worried if that happens. It is all a part of the learning process of any DIY home improvement project.
In fact, it may take you hours to figure out the right angles, sides, and groves. However, if you stick to the instruction manual and watch a few online DIY tutorials, you will be able to pull it all off successfully.
9. Invest in an oscillating multi-purpose tool
Even if this seems like a pricey investment of buying oscillating multi-purpose tools, it is worth buying. This will come in handy if you are on a time crunch to complete the project. Go for it.
10. Invest in personal protective gear
No home improvement project should be a priority over personal protection. Invest in knee pads, gloves, aprons, goggles, etc. The project takes hours and may hurt your bones. The best thing you can do for your body is to protect it fully.
Buy all the safety equipment that is necessary during the project. No point in installing a new floor when you are hurting yourself, right?
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