Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring: Hire a Pro or DIY?

June 12, 2020 2 min read

installing vinyl plank flooring: hire a pro or DIY?

If you’ve researchedluxury vinyl plank flooring, then you’ve probably run across blogs and instructional videos talking about how simple it is. And it totally is! But there are several factors to consider when deciding whether to hire a professional to tackle this particular job. 

Time is Money

Just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the most economical choice when you throw time into the mix. Think about the time it takes to move all your furniture out of your room (or rooms!); remove, haul away, and dispose of your old flooring; lay down the LVP; custom cut all the edge pieces that fit against the walls; move all your furniture back in. Is installation simple? Yes, but I guarantee you those instructional videos don’t give you the full picture of just how long you’ll be spending on this project.

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Experience Counts

The mechanics of LVP installation may be simple, but the first time you do something, you’re in learning mode. You’ve just made a significant investment in your home -- is this really the best time for you to learn how to use a power saw? Even though LVP can absolutely be a DIY project, the expertise that comes with having installed it hundreds of times before is an undeniable benefit and should factor into your choice of whether or not to hire a pro.

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Peace of Mind

If you read through most LVP product warranties, you’ll see a language that limits manufacturer liability if the product isn’t installed correctly. Not only may improperly installed flooring fail to be fully waterproof, but any damage to your subfloor also may not be covered by the warranty. The only way to avoid these potential pitfalls is to have a flooring professional put your LVP in. Then, in the unlikely event that there’s a problem with the installation, you won’t be on the hook for damage and kicking yourself for the decision to self-install. 

There are times when DIY is the route that makes the most sense, but when it comes to installing luxury vinyl plank flooring, all signs point to hiring an experienced, licensed professional to do the job. That’s why all LVP purchases from MyFlooring include full-service installation (that means we’ll even move your furniture for you!) by friendly, skilled installers. 

At MyFlooring, we want you to Get Comfortable with a new way to buy flooring, and that means leaving the task of installation in our capable hands.   

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