DIY Flooring Installation

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Many people like the challenge of doing home improvement projects themselves, or they simply want to save money! Whatever your reason for choosing the DIY route, new flooring products are making it easier. As always, here at Hopkins Carpet One, we have professional carpet and flooring installers to do the job for you, but if you decide to go it on your own, here are some of the best flooring options to consider.

In general laminate and vinyl are the easiest types of flooring to install. Carpet tiles are also simple to do. However, if you are getting wall-to-wall carpet, it’s best to hire the professionals. Carpet requires special tools and expertise to prevent seams from showing and to help the carpet last as long as possible.

With that said, here are some flooring options we have at the store that you can take home and install yourself.

Luxury Vinyl
Both luxury vinyl tiles and planks are fairly easy to install. They typically do not need to be acclimated to the room temperature like hardwoods. You can pick them up at our store, take them home and install them right away if you’d like. Many brands of luxury vinyl can be installed over your existing floor. In some cases an underlayment may be necessary depending on the type of flooring you currently have and its condition.

Most luxury vinyls have a locking system to hold the pieces together. Others simply lay down with a traction backing to hold them in place. Installers simply need to measure the space to determine how to cut the pieces for a uniform fit.

DIY Flooring Installation

Laminate
Laminate flooring requires a little more work than luxury vinyl. It typically requires an underlayment that is level. Other than that, installation is very similar to luxury vinyl. Pieces snap together and you just need to cut them to fit the room.

Carpet Tiles
You can now purchase modular carpet tiles that come in pieces with a traction back. These can be installed over an existing floor with no adhesives, floor sealers or primers. You simply place them down in the pattern you want, cut as needed, and you are done!

Tools Needed for Installation
Here are some of the tools you will need to install your flooring:

  • Knee pads
  • Utility knife or laminate cutter for width cuts
  • Table saw or jig saw for length cuts
  • Jamb saw for under door casings
  • White mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Pencil
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Level
  • Pull bar
  • Safety glasses

As any good do-it-yourselfer, you probably know the place to get instructions on almost anything is YouTube. You can find many videos from manufacturers and professionals on how to install your flooring. Just be sure you are following a professional and not someone doing an install for the first time.

Here’s a video from one of our manufacturers – Karndean – with some great tips on how to install luxury vinyl flooring.

If you have additional questions, you can always ask our experts here at Hopkins Carpet One. As you are shopping for your flooring, we can let you know about the installation requirements for each product. If you have additional questions later, you can always stop in at our showroom or give us a call at 952-933-8944.