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The complete guide to Vinyl Flooring: How to Lay Vinyl Flooring Step by Step

In the final part of our complete guide for how to install vinyl flooring, we shall discuss installation. If you would like to learn how to lay vinyl flooring, read on! Alternatively, catch up with the first and second parts of the series.

How to Install Vinyl Flooring: preparation

Before you do anything, make sure there is absolutely no furniture in the room. If you need to remove your existing floor, now is the time to do it. There are some vinyl flooring types that you can install on top, but you may want to use plywood as your base for optimal results.

Don’t forget to store your boxes of vinyl flooring indoors while waiting to install them. This will help them adjust to the temperature of your room, ensuring no risk of shrinkage or breaking. You should also repair whatever may be necessary before installation


Obviously, you need your vinyl, but you must make sure you have enough to cover the square meterage of your flooring. Be sure to read the instructions on your vinyl and check that you have the recommended adhesive. Here is a list of items you will need:

  • Adhesive
  • Trowel for spreading adhesive
  • Utility knife for cutting tile
  • Laminate roller for setting tile into the adhesive

Your Easy Step by Step Guide

  1. Sweep the floor to rid it of any debris that could affect the laying.
  2. Then you can determine the layout of the floor. Seams should be staggered for a stronger, better-looking floor. You can create a sample layout in the room to decide if it’s definitely what you want. Then you can offset your pattern to avoid easy to notice repeats.
  3. Follow the adhesive instructions to spread the recommended amount on the floor. It needs time to settle and become tacky before you can apply the vinyl tile or plank. Your trowel should be used to ensure the adhesive is spread evenly.
  4. Mark out where you intend to begin your laying and try to start your pattern with a full piece.
  5. Lay the tile against the adhesive and press down firmly. Do not slide it into position as this can move the adhesive to the wrong side of your tile.
  6. Using a laminate roller, firmly set your tile into place. This will help to make sure that it sets to the floor properly.
  7. When it comes to fitting shorter pieces to fit, be sure to cut against the underside of the tile using a utility knife. With the right amount of pressure, cutting should be no problem!

Once you have installed your flooring, you can tidy away your tools and materials. We also recommend giving the floor a good clean so you can start enjoying it as soon as it’s dry!


Now you are aware of the steps you must take to properly lay vinyl flooring, you’re ready to pick up your materials and get started. The best place to start, of course, is with the flooring itself! Check out the wonderful brands and styles we have to offer and get in touch for more information!



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