Vinyl planks are a popular option for flooring, and it is not hard to see why when you realise all the benefits of them. They look like a material ten times the cost, they are stronger than carpet and feel great underfoot and they can be made to fit into virtually any space. They are also very easy to clean and, as many vinyl planks advertise, are simple to install. However, this does not mean that you should try to do this install on your own. While you may be trying to save some money on flooring, here is why you shouldn't try to cut corners when you arrive at the installation.
Laying down vinyl planks in the middle of the room is very easy. Many vinyl planks have special systems that simply lock into place with no additional securement needed, making them a dream to work with. However, where the difference in quality between a good installation and a poor one can really be seen is at the corners. Deciding how to tackle corners and make them look neat and tidy, and not stick out like a sore thumb against the rest of the well-designed flooring, is trickier than it sounds and will stump most amateur flooring installers.
Sometimes the subfloor of your room will have tiny little divets in it that are imperceptible to the human eye. While this might be fine when something like carpet is placed on top, when vinyl planks are installed above uneven surfaces, they make a very noticeable sound when stepped on during regular use. They will click and become very annoying after a few months of use, to the point where you will want to rip them all up and have another go at evening out the subfloor before putting your vinyl planks back down.
If you aren't getting your whole home refloored in vinyl planks, then you will need to have several blended doorways that change from one flooring material to another. Making sure there is not too much of a step or change in height is tricky when the two materials are different sizes. Also, ensuring that both remain secured and in place at the point of transition is no simple task either, and often flooring will start to first deteriorate and come loose in these areas. The problem with that is that these are some of the most visible places where a problem could occur, so if it does happen everyone will see it, which is not something you want to deal with when guests come over.