LVT is a category of flooring that has exploded in popularity. Consumers love its low maintenance and practicality characteristics, and the sheer range of designs now available is staggering. In this guide, we're going to explore how to install LVT in your home.
You will need:
Site and LVT Preparation:
Preparing your sub-floor for LVT is vital. even small bits of gravel and dirt can affect the look of your flooring once fitted, so it is important to brush and vacuum your sub-floor first. Once this is done, you want to use your spirit level to look for any uneven surfaces. If there is a difference of over 2mm in any 1 metre area it should be levelled out using a floor levelling compound - a change in this height is not compatible with LVT.
It is also imperative that your LVT becomes accustomed to the room temperature and conditions where it will be fitted. Changes in temperature can affect the LVT, so we would recommend leaving the LVT in the room it will be installed in for a couple of days before installation.
Underlay is common across flooring products, however with LVT, there are specially designed types of underlay to use. These types are generally thinner and higher density - to ensure little movement of the tiles after installation. This is important to properly support the joins in the separate tiles, so standard carpet underlay won't do.
Unroll your underlay, making sure you are rolling at a right angle to the direction your tiles will be running. If you're underlay contains a moisture barrier, it should be on the underside.
LVT comes in two forms - click and dry-back (stick-down). Depending on what type of LVT you have changes the way it is installed, however both are fairly self explanatory. Along the way use your rubber mallet to make sure each LVT board is properly fitted.
Click LVT is more than likely the easiest of the two to install, as the boards simply click and lock together. It is always advised to start near the corner of your room, to ensure you are lined up well.
Dry-back LVT is more intricate and is most likely best left to a qualified fitter. This LVT is glued down using adhesive, so it is vital to make sure it is right when installed, as unlike a click system, it can't be easily pulled back up.
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