DIY Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor Install

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own. I appreciate your support! We have been in our house a little over 5 years, project by project making our house a home. But since the day we moved in, I dreamed of having continuous flooring that is beautiful, extremely durable, and easy to DIY. Pergo Defense+ of LVP fit the entire criteria along with other amazing features! I also really enjoy steam mopping my floors for a deeper cleaning, and there are not many floors approved for it but this LVP is!

There was a laminate installed in our home (it seems around 20 years ago), and I had seen some rough days with lots of wear and tear from previous owners. A few years ago, I noticed many of the newer homes in our area had Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (LVP) installed and it looked beautiful. It has been on my list as the next project, and when the Home Depot wanted to partner together for this project I was thrilled. I heard nothing but amazing things about Pergo so I was pumped to hear about their new line Pergo Defense+ of LVP.

A little trip down memory lane. Our old flooring had a majorly orange tint to it, and an obvious fabricated feel to it. The tile also lacked character. I’ve always wanted continuous flooring in our home in order to give a more cohesive feel to our space, and especially to warm up the aesthetic kitchen area.

Flooring Choice

After hearing more about the Pergo Defense+ 7.5 in line, I was immediately drawn to the Grenadine Acacia. I have always wanted lighter floors in our space to give a brighter feel, and the color combination and pattern is gorgeous. The warm tones are beautiful, and the flooring has a chic yet forward feel. I also have to tell you that the whole flooring line is done so well, with many beautiful options that I feel would fit any home well. The pieces had a lot of variation so it was easy to space them to give an organic feel.

What really stood out to me though, was that these floating floors are waterproof and antimicrobial with advanced technology to protect against mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria.With having sometimes messy kids in our home, this really spoke to me. It is also dent and scratch resistant. We are not easy on floors, so it is a perfect combination of benefits for our family.

Tile Demo

We had a few weeks of tile demolition in the kitchen and entry area, before getting to the install of the flooring. Every tile demo job is different, but in our case the tile thinset was very connected to the floor, and a very tough demo job. We rented hammer drills and diamond grinders from Home Depot. Once we finished, we filled all the small holes with premixed concrete for ease in the process.

It was exciting to reach the point of installing the floors, since tile demolition was so difficult. The first few rows where you align the flooring and get the hang of click and lock install, are the most difficult. After the first few rows, we got into a groove and it was so exciting to see the install come together. 

Steps for Installing:

Step 1: Get Prepared

Remove baseboards and previous flooring. Make sure your floor is level (the installation guide gives detailed specifics on how level it needs to be. This flooring has an attached underlayment, which makes installation so much easier. So no need to worry about underlayment. We also undercut the door jambs as it gives a cleaner look.


The floor should be installed by blending planks from several cartons at a time to give a good color and shade mixture. I liked to lay out 6-10 to choose from and keep a nice variation and flow. 

Step 2: How to start

Pergo says to begin in a corner of the room with the tongue facing the wall. We used 3/8″ (9mm) spacers for the expansion gap, but as with many houses, our walls are not straight. So once we laid the first 3 rows, I used a laser level to make sure the rows were straight. Since we wanted the flooring continuous, precision at the beginning sets you up for easy success with a fluid and symmetrical install.


It’s good to keep in mind that first and last pieces should be at least 8″ long. End joints should be staggered a minimum of 6″. I began cutting my planks with a utility knife. It is pretty simple to score and snap the pieces. But by the end of the install, it was easier to use a miter saw. The Jigsaw came in handy for cutting around doorways, the stairs, and any spot that wasn’t a simple straight cut.

Step 3: Connect

The tapping block and soft hammer are your friend! Once you complete the first row, you join the next plank to the first plank in the row. Start with joining the short side edges first.

You can see a gap on the long side when the plank is rotated down. Tilt up the outside long edge of the plank upward (about 1″). This will raise the outside long edge of planks in that row. 

Keep this angle as you push the plank in until the long edge of the plank meets the long edge of the first row. Rotate downward on the plank until the joint locks. You will notice as you tap it in the plank will lower into place.

After tapping the long side joint closed, close the short edge joints using a tapping block or pull bar. Each row takes some time because you have to go piece by piece, but once you get in a rhythm the work gets easier.

We could not be happier with this flooring! The color is gorgeous, it feels nice underfoot, and it also cleans up easily. DIY is amazing, and just so empowering. After waiting 5 years, I am so thankful to have made such a big impact in our home with this DIY flooring project. Please let me know if you have any questions about this project or the flooring. Y’all be sure to Dwell Aware out there!

Step 4: Step back and enjoy the fruit of your labor!

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6 thoughts on “DIY Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor Install”

  1. I am shopping for LVP at the moment and I honestly wouldn’t have chosen this acacia by looking at it in tht store, but seeing it installed, it’s GORGEOUS! well done on the install, so inspiring!

  2. Shalom—all the way from Israel
    –yep, Israel. I was reviewing some unread Apartment Therapy posts and happen upon your blog. I think your house looks so nice. I love the simplicity and style. Currently I live in a small, I guess you could call it efficiency space in a shared house. I’m working on freeing myself of mental and material clutter. The process is slow but do able. Looking at your home definately gives me ideas and inspiration. I like the flooring too. Definitely a good choice. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Please continue to share when you can…take care and stay creticent. Doriyah

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