The Education Centre:  How to install Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring is a waterproof, scratch-resistant, easy to clean and long-lasting product that is highly suited to particular rooms in the house, such as bathrooms and kitchens. But to make the most of it, you must ensure you install it correctly.

Our vinyl floors are made only by companies we trust – but in each case it is very important that you read the manufacturer's instructions as there may be particular actions you need to take with specific products.

Preparing the Subfloor

One measure that should be undertaken with any vinyl floor is to check the condition of the subfloor before you start. First you need to establish that it is level. This is important as an uneven subfloor can destabilise a floor causing the boards to come loose

If the subfloor is made of concrete you can make sure it is level using a smoothing compound. For a wooden subfloor, sanding or even replacing parts may be required. There are also underlay options that will help you to make your subfloor level.

Another problem with your subfloor is that it may be damp. You can use a damp-proof membrane laid on top of the subfloor before the vinyl is installed to prevent any problems caused by excessive moisture.

Install your Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors may be fitted in three ways. Many sheet vinyl floors need to be stuck down with the appropriate adhesive, and it is a good idea to check the list of possible glues the manufacturer states are suitable for the purpose.

With some vinyl flooring products, no extra glue is necessary as they come with stick-down installation. This consists of strips of sticky adhesive on the underside of the tiles, which have a plastic covering. This simply has to be peeled off when you are laying down the vinyl.

Finally, some products do not need any adhesive at all and can be put in place using systems like Uniclic, where the different parts fit together like a jigsaw and are held in place. Such products are very simple to install and make great DIY projects.

If installation is carried out carefully, sensibly and according to the manufacturer's instructions all should be well, leaving you able to enjoy the quality and appearance of an attractive, strong and practical floor that should stay in place for many years and give you few, if any, problems.