How to Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring around Floor Heat Vents How to Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring around Floor Heat Vents

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Pencil and ruler
Jigsaw saw or similar

Installing vinyl plank flooring is a great way of saving money while keeping the look and feel of a traditional wood floor. These vinyl planks can be fitted by homeowners, and there are many kits available which are designed to allow you to slot the boards together without requiring too much cutting, trimming, or sawing. One area where a little conversion might be necessary is when you are fitting vinyl plank flooring around a heat vent in the floor. However, this is not a difficult job, and can be done in a matter of hours if you follow a few simple rules on getting the job done.

Step 1 - Remove the Vent Cover

The first thing that you should do is remove the cover from your floor heating vent. The cover should be held on to the floor by several screws, so use your screwdriver to loosen each of these, and then remove them by lifting them out of the hole connecting them to the cover. You should eventually be able to lift the cover completely off. Put it and the screws to one side, as these will have to be replaced later.

Step 2 - Lay as Close as You Can

Once the cover is removed, lay your vinyl planks down until you reach the edge of the vent opening. Keep the boards as straight as you can, and lay all around the vent, including any boards which can be added after the vent. Next, take your tape measure, and make a note of the length of the opening. Lay the board parallel to where it would be, and mark where the vent should go using your pencil and ruler.

Step 3 - Cutting the Board

Follow the cutting line all the way around the board and then take it to your jigsaw. If your vent is not in the middle of the board, make sure that you know which length of the board will have to be kept after the cutting. Using the jigsaw, cut along the line you have marked on the board, and then return to the vent. Sand the edge of the board down, so that the side facing the vent is smooth. Fit the board into place, and then proceed with the fitting. If the vent takes up more than one board space, you will need to cut as many as are required to make the vent. If there is space on the other side of the vent for another piece of the cut board, repeat the measuring as above, and cut to the required size.

Step 4 - Finishing

Once you have completed your installation of the boards, take your floor heat vent cover and screw back into position. The plank boards may mean that you need to replace the screws with slightly longer ones, but this should not be too difficult. When you have fitted the cover, caulk around the edge so that hot air does not escape through the sides, and then add varnish or paint to the boards as you require.

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