How to install vinyl plank flooring on concrete / tiles / timber

If you enjoy a DIY flooring project, A2Z Vinyl Plank Flooring is the way to go.

Here are some tips and step-by-step instructions on how to install vinyl plank flooring on concrete/ tiles/ timber floors

TOOLS REQUIRED: Utility knife, block, rubber mallet, spacers, pencil, tape measure, ruler and safety goggles

(Block, rubber mallet and spacers come as a set and it can be purchased from A2Z Group for $20. You can also find it at Bunnings, Masters in their flooring section)

 

INSTALLATION

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 1 – Firstly you need to level the sub-floor (concrete, tiles, existing timber, plywood) to achieve deviation 3mm or under in 1.5m radius. Apply 1-3m thickness underlay on levelled sub-floor (to reduce the noise and protect the boards form moisture), Underlay is only required with 7.2mm Vinyl Planks.

Start in a corner by placing the first plank with tongue facing the wall. Use spacers along each wall to maintain an expansion space of 8-12mm (5/16-3/8 in) between the wall and the flooring.

(Diagram 1)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 2 –To attach your second plank, lower and lock the end tongue of the second plank into the end groove of the first plank. When lowered, tap down on the joint with a rubber mallet, the plank will click into place. Line up edges carefully to ensure close tight fit. If necessary, use a tapping block and rubber mallet to lightly planks together. The planks should be flat to the floor.

(Diagram 2) 

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 3 – Continue connecting the first row until you reach the last full plank. Fit the last plank by rotating the plank 280 degrees with the pattern side upward, place beside row. Measure and mark; then using a ruler and utility knife, score the plank and snap off. Attach as described above.

(Diagram 3)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 4 – Begin the next row with the off cut piece from the previous row to stagger the pattern. Pieces should be a minimum of 20cm (8in) long and joint offset should be at least 40cm (16 in.)

Cut pieces should be no less than 6in in length and 3in in width. Adjust layout for a balanced look

(Diagram 4)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 5 – To start your second row, tilt and push the side tongue of the plank into the side groove of the very first plank at about 30 degree. When lowered, the plank will click into place. Use a tapping block and rubber mallet to lightly tap planks together. The planks should be flat to the floor. Make sure are as small as possible. Continue assembling the planks this way until you have you second row complete.

Attach the second plank of the new row first on the long side. Tilt and push this plank as close as possible to the previous row at 30 degree. Make sure edges are lined up. Lower plank to the floor, tap down on the end joint with a rubber mallet, this will help lock the end joint to the first plank. Continue laying remaining planks in this manner.

(Diagram 5)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 6 – To fit the last row, lay a plank on top of the previous row. With the tongue to the wall, lay another plank upside down on the one to be measured and use it as a ruler. Don’t forget to allow room for spacers. Cut the plank and attach into position.

(Diagram 6)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 7 – Door frames and heating vents also require expansion room. First cut the plank to the correct length. Then place the cut plank next to its actual position and use a ruler to measure the areas to be cut out and mark them. Cut out the marked points allowing the necessary expansion distance on each side.

(Diagram 7)

How to install vinyl plank flooring step 8 – You can trim door frames by turning a plank upside down and using a handsaw to cut away the necessary height so that planks slide easily under the frames

(Diagram 8)

DIY vinyl plank flooring installation step by step

laying vinyl planks on concrete slab or existing timber floors

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