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How to Lay Vinyl Flooring

Wondering how to lay vinyl flooring? Well, wonder no more - we've broken it down for you in this step-by-step guide. Vinyl flooring is a popular choice due to its stunning yet practical and hard-wearing nature, and here at Floormaker we stock two types of this durable flooring to suit every need. Both types of vinyl flooring are installed differently, so this guide will detail how you can lay each type with ease!

How to Lay Vinyl Flooring: Self-Adhesive Tiles

Self-adhesive vinyl tiles are among the easiest flooring products to lay by yourself, and they're perfect if you want to finish laying the floor just in time for dinner! These tiles come with a pre-applied layer of adhesive, so you don't need to rush out and buy glue or anything like that. All you will need to install your self-adhesive floor is a sharp knife with which to cut the tiles.
1. Firstly, ensure your vinyl tiles are acclimatised to a temperature of at least 15-18°C to make them easy to work with. If you try to install your flooring at a lower temperature, this could make the laying process more difficult than it needs to be. The temperature you lay the floor at needs to be maintained for at least 24 hours. 
2. If you are using a range of colours, plan how you want the finished floor to look before you start to make sure you achieve the desired effect.
3. Before you start, prepare the subfloor. The subfloor needs to be damp-proof and should be smooth, clean and dry before you start. Also, be sure to remove any existing flooring and replace with a smooth compound.
4. Apply a coat of floor primer across the entirety of the subfloor. This should take around a quarter of an hour. 
5. Begin to lay your vinyl floor in the centre of the room. You can make sure you are directly in the centre by measuring the width and length of the room first, then drawing a line down the middle of both. You should begin where the lines intersect. 
6. Lay the tiles by removing the backing paper and placing onto the sub floor.
7. Once they are positioned correctly, check that the separate vinyl tiles are close together and press on the centre of the tile to release any air bubbles. 
8. When you reach the perimeter of the room, cut the tiles to fit appropriately. 


How to Lay Vinyl Flooring: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Our stunning luxury vinyl flooring is a revolutionary product, not just because it looks lovely in any room but also because the tiles click together like laminate floorboards. You don't need to buy any adhesive for these products either, as the floor does not need any type of glue to hold it together. This makes it even easier to lay your vinyl flooring!
1. As with the self-adhesive vinyl tiles, ensure your room is acclimatised to a temperature of at least 15-18°C to make it easier to work with. For best results, leave the luxury vinyl flooring in a room at this temperature for a period of 48 hours before installation.
2. If you have underfloor heating, or if you think the temperature of the room may at times rise above 45°C, it is best to first lay a sun/heat underlay on top of a clean subfloor. 
3. If you do not need to have a sun/heat underlay, ensure that your subfloor is clean and dry before you begin.
4. Make sure you leave a 2mm expansion area around the perimeter of the room.
5. Now you can move on to 'clicking' your luxury vinyl floor together! You can do this by slightly lifting the tile with your hand underneath it and pushing the joint towards the first tile until you hear a click. Be sure to not use a hammer or a tapping block for this method as it could damage the click connection.
6. As you reach the perimeter of the room, once again cut the tiles to suit the fit of your room.
7. Once your luxury vinyl flooring covers the entire room. be sure to keep the room temperature maintained for at least 24 hours after installation.

Congratulations! If you have followed this how to lay vinyl flooring guide step-by-step, you should now have a perfectly installed vinyl floor. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help!