Installing luxury vinyl tile flooring in Salem, OR | J/K Carpet Center, Inc

Preparing for installation

JK Carpet Center will help you every step of the way after you’ve selected your new floor. We offer professional on-site measurement, removal of old flooring, and skilled installation.

We do it all expertly, so your floor will look amazing and give lasting satisfaction. Learn the particulars about vinyl installation here.

Before installation day

It’s a good idea to check with us directly to determine if there are other actions we recommend before installation. We can also help you choose a highly skilled professional installer. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.

Existing flooring

Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer can do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. Your existing subfloor may need to be cleaned and leveled before vinyl is laid, or an entirely new subfloor may be required.


In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for vinyl installation. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete.


Whether you do it yourself or hire professional movers, the room needs to be clear of furniture before your installation can take place. Be sure to remove all fragile items from the room, and don’t leave anything – such as drapery or plants – hanging over the installation area.


Measure door clearances before you have your vinyl installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Make a plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door, so it does not drag.

Paint first

If you're planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it's best to do it before your vinyl is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.

During installation day

Stay home

Please be prepared to stay home the day of installation and be around if the installation crew has questions. This also ensures that the correct laminate is installed in the right areas. It's sometimes difficult to estimate the time it will take and each job's circumstances, but we will keep you updated on any schedule changes.

Safety first

The installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please keep your children and pets out of the work area on installation day.


Prior to the job's completion, we recommend that you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will allow you to ask any questions and be clear on all the final details.


Installing new vinyl will produce waste. Usually, these materials are collected by your installer and left at your home or property's trash collection site, but this will be clarified with you in advance.

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After installation day

Avoid walking on your new vinyl floors for a minimum of 24 hours after installation. We may also recommend keeping the room at a certain temperature for a few days to allow any adhesives to set properly. This may not be necessary if your installation was click-lock or floating.

If you are sensitive to dust and odors, you should establish adequate ventilation for 48 to 72 hours after installation.

When you are ready to move appliances back into the room, use plywood or particleboard with a minimum thickness of 3/8” underneath. Do not rely on the wheels attached to your appliances to move them back, as they can cause damage to your new floor.

Finally, if your installation involved adhesive, you should allow five days before thoroughly washing your floor.

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