Installing luxury vinyl plank and tile? The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that you'll experience a high-quality, low-stress installation. Here are some important things to consider before, during and after the floors go in.
Before You Buy
Know your installation options.
Installation methods vary among luxury vinyl flooring products, so check the "Installation" section on the product page.
Create an accurate budget.
Don't forget to account for things like removal and disposal of your old floor, subfloor repairs, additional tools and materials, and even the cost of moving furniture when budgeting for your project.
Decide whether to DIY or bring in a Professional.
If you are an advanced DIYer or already know how to install luxury vinyl tile or plank flooring, you may feel confident taking on the installation yourself — especially if it's a flooring project in a small spaces like a bathroom or laundry and no adhesive is required.
Regardless of your experience level, challenges can arise in any flooring installation. If you want peace of mind that your flooring is installed correctly, we recommend hiring a professional flooring installer.
Read the installation instructions.
Carefully review the detailed instructions for your flooring to learn what you'll need and what to expect. Do this well in advance. The instructions will also contain precautionary statements regarding certain types of existing flooring and specific preparation requirements if your's is a remodel project.
Prepare the room.
Clear out furniture. Remove and dispose of old flooring if necessary. Gently remove any wall base, millwork or trim that you'd like to reuse.
Prepare the subfloor.
Be sure the floor you're laying over is dry, clean and flat. If repairs are needed, make those before starting the installation.
Gather additional materials and tools.
Your list could include coordinated trims and moldings, underlayment, a tile cutter or utility blade, and other tools. Check your installation instructions for specifics.
Acclimatise flooring according to instructions, if necessary.
Most luxury vinyl tile and planks require acclimatisation. This step gives the flooring time to adjust to the environment of the room where it will be installed.
Depending on the type of luxury vinyl floor you’ve chosen, installation instructions will vary. Read every step of the ones provided with your product.
They outline important details and special considerations that might not be obvious, except to an experienced professional, including: subfloor and underlayment requirements, preparing trim, and establishing a starting point.
Once your new floors are in place, clear tools and materials from the area and clean the floor with the recommended cleaner for vinyl floors. Do not wet mop your new floor for at least 48 hours if you used a self-adhesive or glue-down installation.