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Top tips on how to install LVT flooring

When it comes to updating your flooring, LVT is a great choice due to its durability, practicality and low-maintenance nature.

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19th Jun 24

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When it comes to installing your brand new LVT floor, we would always recommend a qualified, experienced fitter as the best option. However, if you’re up for the challenge and want to learn how to lay LVT yourself, here are our top ten tips for how to install luxury vinyl flooring in your own home:

1. It’s really important to consider your space’s suitability when selecting an LVT design or pattern. For instance, luxury vinyl tiles are not designed for outdoor use or areas that are prone to extreme heat, such as sun rooms or around fireplaces, as increased temperature can affect the adhesive used. It’s also vital that the subfloor onto which the LVT is being installed is free of damp; this is something a professional fitter will be able to help you with. 

2. Acclimatization is really important; make sure that before installation begins, your LVT flooring has been stored flat and in dry conditions between 61ºF to 72ºF in the room where they will be fitted for at least 48 hours prior to fitting. This is a really important step as your luxury vinyl tiles need time to acclimatize to the new environment.

3. It’s vital that underfloor heating is turned off 48 hours before installing your LVT flooring and remains off during the fitting process and for a further 48 hours after the tiles have been installed. Doing so will allow the adhesive to cure properly; you can then gradually bring the room up to temperature over the next seven days after installation.

4. Make sure to establish the room temperature at a point between 61ºF to 72ºF (subfloor >59ºF) and keep within 2 degrees throughout acclimatization, fitting and after for 72 hrs until the adhesive has cured. Make measures to ensure a constant temperature throughout, such as shading the room from direct sunlight and preventing night-time temperature drop where possible.

5. Harvey Maria LVT should be installed onto a well prepared and permanently dry subfloor. Suitable sub-floors include well fitted plywood (from 1/4″-1/2″, sufficient to provide a rigid base) and screeded (smoothed) sold/concrete floors. It’s vital that all pre-existing floor coverings such as vinyl, tile, or wood planks should be removed prior to preparing the subfloor and the subfloor must be free of all moisture; if you have any doubt, a trained and experienced fitter will be able to moisture test using professional equipment before the flooring is laid. Ensure the finished surface of your subfloor is totally flat, smooth and rigid before continuing with the installation.

6. Make sure you’ve settled on your laying pattern before the LVT installation begins; we recommend dry-laying first to get a feel for your decision. It’s also important to locate where certain cuts will be made, such as around doorways or kitchen islands.

7. To achieve that stylish, hand-made finish, our designer LVT patterned floors are not printed centrally on the tile, so each differs from the next. To make sure you get that optimum finish and the beautiful design you’re after, follow the product’s installation advice.

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8. Only LVT approved adhesives should be used when installing a Harvey Maria floor. In warmer areas and with underfloor heating ensure the adhesive is suitable for higher temperatures. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using adhesive and use the correct tools to apply the right amount of adhesive. The floor tile is bedded in to the adhesive by applying even pressure across the tile with a 100lb flooring roller or equivalent. Excess glue should be wiped away before it is allowed to dry.

9. Our tiles have arrows printed on the reverse to show you the way they should face. Make sure to apply even pressure with a hand roller as you bed the tiles into the adhesive, wiping away any residue with a clean, damp cloth as you go, rolling larger areas with a heavy roller straight after. Spread only smaller areas of adhesive at a time to ensure it is fresh when receiving the tile. After laying, it’s important to leave it for at least 24 hours before use, and to be cautious for a further 48 hours to allow the adhesive to fully dry.

10. Looking after your LVT flooring after it’s installed will ensure it looks better for longer, so taking care of and cleaning your floor regularly is really important. Regularly sweep and mop to prevent the build up of dirt or scuff marks, and clean up any spillages as soon as possible to prevent any risk of staining your LVT. You can shop our Floor Care products here and if you follow a cleaning and care regime, you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful LVT floor for years to come.

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