The first thing to do when installing a vinyl floor is to thoroughly inspect the existing floor. Any bumps or irregularities in the subfloor will cause problems later on in the process. We therefore recommend taking plenty of time for a thorough preparation.
First of all, remove all existing soft and/or floating floor coverings such as carpeting, felt and vinyl. Hard floor coverings that are not floating, such as tiles can stay in place, unless there are too many irregularities. We also recommend removing any laminate. Are you uncertain about what to do? Don’t hesitate to call your distributor. He will be able to give you professional advice.
Do you have a wooden floor? Check for any traces of mould or insect infestations and make sure that the moisture content of the wood does not exceed 10%. An eventual crawl space under the plank floor must be sufficient ventilated, and contact a professional installer. He will be able to give you more information.
The ideal moisture content for a subfloor must be less then 2.5% CM if the subfloor is cement screed, and 0.5% CM if it is an anhydrite subfloor. If you have underfloor heating, these values should be reduced. Use a moisture meter and keep track of the moisture content.
Underfloor heating incorporated into the subfloor will not create any problems as long as the contact temperature does not exceed 27°C. Remember to switch off your underfloor heating 24 hours before and after installing your flooring.
The preparation of the subfloor depends on what type of vinyl you are installing.
Use a levelling compound to smooth out any minor irregularities. In case of Vinyl Flex Click and Alpha Vinyl, using the right underlay will help you overcome many problems. For Vinyl Flex Glue, an underlay is not applicable.
We’re almost ready for the next step now. As soon as you levelled the subfloor according to the type of vinyl, make sure that it’s also perfectly dry and clean. Remove all traces of grease, chemical residue and glue. Make sure that there are no stray nails left anywhere and sweep and vacuum the floor. We recommend removing your old skirting boards. As soon as the new vinyl floor is in place, you can install new skirtings.
To summarise: before you start, make sure that your subfloor is level, smooth, clean and dry. This is the foundation for a good result. On the installation instruction, you can find a lot of useful and necessary tips.
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