How To Install Vinyl Tiles

Not sure how to install luxury vinyl tiles? In this guide we will take you through the general process of laying your Luxury Vinyl Tile floor. The technical details may change based on the room or the specific floor used so it is essential that you also refer to the manufacturers guidelines before you go ahead. (Remember, vinyl tiles are laid in a completely different way to sheet vinyl, so make sure you don't get the two confused!)

General Vinyl Installation Guide

Our LVTs have 3 different installation methods; locking system, glue down or Looselay. It’s important to check which installation method your vinyl flooring is prior to starting.

Locking System Vinyl

Locking system vinyl floors are designed to imitate real wood/tiles, but with a straightforward locking mechanism to make installation super easy and DIY friendly. These floors require an underlay in between the subfloor and the floor itself to support the locking joints, so it’s important to make sure you buy the right underlay. Another benefit of locking vinyl is you can unlock them in the future, so they’re less of a permanent commitment compared to glue down vinyl.

Glue Down Vinyl

Glue down vinyl follows the traditional glue down method that you see with roll vinyl. This can be a bit more difficult than locking system, as the job is more intricate, so we’d recommend leaving it to the professionals. The good thing about stick down vinyl is that you can really customise it to your personal preference using design and feature strips. Some also say stick down vinyl feels firmer underfoot, but we’ll leave that for you to decide.

Looselay Vinyl

Looselay vinyl is quick and easy to install due to the special grip backing on the underside of the boards. This grips to most subfloors (as long as they are flat, dry and even) with no added assistance and doesn’t require an underlay. It’s also easy to maintain, repair, and is incredibly durable. Like locking system vinyl, these can be lifted up in the future if required.

Vinyl Preparation

Before you lay your vinyl tiles they will need to acclimatise. This is as simple as leaving them in their box in the middle of the room for 48 hours. The room should be kept at a steady, normal temperature.

Make sure the subfloor is as clean as can be. Sweep, hoover and wash the floor before leaving it to dry. It must also be level, which means less than 3mm deviation over a 1m area. Polyflor have got a great in-depth guide to preparing your subfloor which applies to all LVT flooring which can be found here.

Vinyl Installation Safety

Remember, installing a vinyl floor will involve a lot of kneeling, so we strongly recommend using padded knee pads.


To get a great looking, symmetrical floor, it’s recommended that you start laying your flooring at the centre. To find the centre, measure the width and length of the area and strike a chalk line halfway across both – where the lines meet is the centre of the room.

Start by laying two lines of tiles from the centre of the room at right angles to each other to make an L shape. Don’t stick these down yet, just lay them on the floor without adhesive (or without peeling the back layer). This is used to make sure you’re laying your floor at the correct angle – check that the edges line up with wall and, if they don’t, wiggle the tiles around until they do.

Vinyl Fitting

If installing a glue down vinyl, once your tiles are in position you can start to stick them down. This will either involve peeling off the non-stick backing or applying a thinly spread layer of adhesive to the floor under the tiles. If adhesive oozes up between the tiles, wipe it off immediately with a sponge or rag. Please read the manufacturer’s instructions for adhesives as different products may have different requirements.

After you have installed a section of tiles (working from the centre of the room) bond them firmly to the floor by applying pressure and rolling over them with a floor roller or rolling pin.

Hint: If you need to kneel on freshly laid tiles to continue with the installation, put a piece of plywood or a knee pad between yourself and the tile. It will distribute your weight and reduce the possibility of individual tiles slipping.

Once you’ve laid most of the tiles, you will see that you need to start cutting the remaining tiles to fit the gaps against the wall. The most accurate way to do this is to lay the tile directly on top of a laid tile. Then, take a third tile and lay this on top and against the wall. Use the edge of this third tile to draw a line across the tile you want to fit. This will be your cutting guide.

Tip: To cut a vinyl tile, use a knife to slice through the surface layer. Then, simply bend the tile until it snaps apart.

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