My wife and I, along with some help with friends installed Congoleum Triversa Vinyl Luxury Tile 4 feet long by 9 inches wide in our 13 foot * 10 foot kitchen. We have several wall floor cabinets, an island, dishwasher, stove, fridge and door ways to work around. It looks great now, but there were a few things the installation guide and video don’t prepare you for.
The video shows a pristine perfectly square room. With a few light taps, it slides into position. This was not the case, but we found a few adaptions that worked for us.
Here’s a more in-depth installation video.
Make sure you have some good helpers!
After some frustrations that the tapping wasn’t working, I hit some pretty hard to get them to slide and latch securely. It damaged the latching mechanism, so I had to stop that. We used a scrap piece and hit that one to avoid anymore damage.
We started the first row with 1⁄3 length, second with 2⁄3 and third row with a full length. Then we used a long level to keep them lined up (our cutting didn’t always get an exact 1⁄4 inch space, so we kept checking and adjusting).
We also cut 1 inch off so that our row on the other end would be 8 inches as well. This was suggested in the installation video as well.
We had a couple hours of prep work to remove trim, make sure the floor was clean (I had old carpet that needed removing and scrapping off the bottom deteriorated black stuff, fixing a section that had holes from an old island, running to get tools, research, etc).
I spent 1 to 5:30 with a friend to only get three 13 foot rows done. This row was a lot of cutting for a register, sliding door, cabinets and a door thresh hold.
I took a day off and worked from 8 to 5 with a friend and my wife. We were able to finish the rest of the kitchen. There are only a few door pieces and transitions left to put down. Then trim back on and quarter round around the cabinets.
Having three worked well, 2 installing and 1 cutting or 1 measuring and marking.
Expect a lot of time to measure (2x with someone double checking when needed), mark and cut.
This was our experience. It wasn’t as smooth as the installation information, but it turned out well. I’m glad I didn’t give up after the first day!!
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