Installing Your Vinyl Flooring

We don’t offer a fitting service for our vinyl flooring, so you’ll need to do it yourself or find someone locally who can do it for you.

If you decide fitting it yourself is the way to go, we’ve put together a helpful guide that’ll tell you what you need to do. We’d suggest giving it a good read before starting. There’s also lots of online videos available that explain things in more detail.

Before you start

Like most flooring types, your new vinyl will need time to get used to its surroundings. To help it do this, put the boxes in the room where you’re fitting it at least two days beforehand.

The right tools

With vinyl planks, the only things you’ll need are a measuring tape, chalk (to mark the planks ready for cutting) a mitre saw, and a Stanley-knife. Some people like to use something to help them cut a nice neat line in the planks too.

We’d always recommend using eye-goggles, gloves and kneepads for protection.

Prepare the surface

This bit’s very important. Not preparing the surface where the vinyl will be fitted properly could mean it won’t lie flat.

You might need to use a self-levelling compound if your surface is very uneven, or just sand any smaller lumps and bumps out and use a hammer to knock stray nails flat.

Hardboard sheets and tongue and groove flooring make a great base for laying vinyl on. But whatever surface you’ve got, always give it a good sweep and vacuum.

Now you’re ready for the underlay. Spread it evenly across the floor and cut it to the right size. If there’s any pipes in the room, leave about 16mm around them. Join any lengths together with masking tape.

Installing the vinyl flooring

Empty the vinyl boards from their boxes and mix them all up. There might be small shade differences that won’t be as easy to spot if they’re spread out.

Starting in one corner, click the planks together until you’ve finished one row. Then do the same for another row. Use as many complete planks as you can until you need to start cutting. Fit the two rows together and repeat the sequence for the whole room.

You can fit right up to skirting boards or take them off before you start and put them back on once you’re done. Just remember to leave a big-enough gap so they’ll fit properly.

If you need any floor bars, mark its position and cut it to the right length. Pop it into place and drill or glue it down, depending on the surface underneath. Now step back and check out your handiwork.

Important: always read the manufacturer’s fitting instructions and inspect your laminate thoroughly before installation. If you’re not happy with the condition of any of it, please get in touch as your warranty might not be valid once it’s installed.