Luxury Vinyl Sheet Flooring Installation
The benefits of luxury vinyl are not limited to the floor’s durability, versatility and aesthetics. Luxury vinyl is also easy to install, whether by glue down, click or floating (loose lay).
No matter which luxury vinyl product you select, a successful installation starts with a properly prepped subfloor. It’s imperative that the subfloor be clean, dry and level. Many manufacturers recommend using a luxury vinyl underlayment designed to smooth uneven subfloors while also providing moisture and sound-absorption barriers.
3 installation options
Glue down – Glue down typically provides a more stable finished product. Tiles or planks are held more securely to the subfloor and no hollowness felt when walked on. Glue down also allows you the option to use coordinating grout for a more realistic stone or ceramic look. Luxury vinyl tile grout is a premixed sanded acrylic product that resists stains and does not need to be sealed.
Floating – Floating and grip-strip installation are a quick and easy glueless option. These are often the only suitable solution for high-moisture areas that would damage wood-based products or destabilize an adhered vinyl installation.
Luxury vinyl planks with repositionable grip-strip edges join easily together with pre-applied contact adhesive on interlocking edges. The only tools needed are a carpenter square and a utility knife. And because these floors float over the subfloor, planks are easy to replace if one gets damaged.
Click – Click locking systems feature a distinctive tongue-and-groove shape that establishes a tight connection during installation. Flooring sections can be installed by positioning pieces at an angle and gently exerting force until the pieces click into place. In the tongue and groove installation method, the two piece slide together.
DIY luxury vinyl installation or professional?
Floating and click locking systems are ideal for handy DIYers who want to save installation costs and enjoy the satisfaction of installing their own beautiful floor. Glue down installation is a little more challenging and better left to the experienced DIYer or a professional installer.