The Education Centre:  How to install Vinyl Flooring?


If practicality is what you’re after, then vinyl flooring is the perfect choice for you. Vinyl is a hard-wearing, long-lasting, waterproof floor that is easy to clean. Little or no D.I.Y experience is required to install your new vinyl flooring thanks to our easy click systems. Vinyl is the ideal flooring option for kitchens, bathrooms and in commercial premises. Follow our how-to guide for advice on how to correctly install your floor.

Please note it’s very important that you read the manufacturer's instructions when it relates to specific products as instructions can differ between flooring finishes and ranges.

Tools needed for the job

LVT roller, utility knife, spacers, pencil, tape measure, set square, handsaw, knee pads and safety goggles.

How to prepare the subfloor

The first measure that should be taken with any vinyl floor is to check the condition of your subfloor before you start. Firstly, 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, which you don’t want.

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.

How to install your vinyl flooring

Remember you need to acclimatise your flooring for a minimum of 48 hours before installation.

Thanks to our click/lock technology, our vinyl flooring works as a floating floor system. Resulting in a quick and simple installation process that requires minimal hand tools to get the job done – the perfect D.I.Y project.

As a floating floor it should be allowed to expand and contract freely, remember this as you’re laying your floor. A minimum 8mm expansion space is required in all areas, at all vertical surfaces. Permanent fixtures must also be installed prior to installation of Spectra.

Join the click and follow our step-by-step guide for effective installation:

  • First click the panel with the long side joint against the installed plank.
  • Slide the planks towards each other on the short side.
  • To ensure its secure, press firmly down with your thumb until you hear a ‘click’ sound.

Top tip: for the best results installation parallel to the longest wall is recommended!

Please follow the specific manufacturer’s step-by-step instructions for your flooring – these can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Installation guide’ you may also find our ‘Maintenance guide’ helpful too to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you fitted it

Whatever you need for your home, we have a floor to fit your needs. Vinyl flooring is highly versatile and is an excellent choice for your bathroom or kitchen flooring needs. Our flooring range comes in a wide variety of styles and materials and are suitable for residential or commercial settings.