Whether you decide to use our professional Which? approved flooring fitters or want to take on the challenge of fitting your new luxury vinyl tiles yourself, you will find everything you need in the expert fitting guide. We'll cover every step of the installation process including:
1. Using Which? approved Carpetright fitters
2. Accurately measuring a room before fitting
3. Having the right tools to fit your new floor
4. Preparing your sub-floor & removing old flooring
5. Choosing underlay and fitting it yourself
6. How to lay your new Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring
7. Getting the perfect finish (door bars)
At Carpetright we believe in making things easy for you at every step. We’re proud to offer a professional fitting service that is approved by industry experts and trusted. Our fitters have all passed the rigorous assessment process set by Which? to become a recognised Which? Trusted Trader. This endorsement scheme acknowledges reputable traders to give you peace of mind.
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By choosing to have your new flooring fitted professionally by us you’ll be able to enjoy it without the hassle. Select fitting at the checkout or ask an advisor if purchasing in store. Alongside our standard fitting service we offer an uplift and disposal service which for a small fee means our fitters will take up and dispose of your old flooring before they lay your new one. It’s just one less thing for you to worry about.
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As with all DIY jobs, preparation is everything when it comes to flooring and the most important element of all is to get the room measurements correct. If you get these wrong you could end up buying too many tiles. A good way to start is to draw a simple diagram of the rooms that are being fitted with LVT - as long as your measurements are accurate, they don’t need to be perfect. For square or rectangular rooms, simply multiply the width by the height. For example, a room that is 5m x 2m will need 10m² of vinyl. Important things to consider when fitting luxury vinyl tiles yourself include:
• Ensure you allow a minimum of 5 to 10% leftover LVT for cuts, future needs and replacements.
• If your room includes recesses or chimney breasts, you still need to measure the complete surface area without these as the vinyl will be cut around them. If this is not easy to work out, measure each individual area and write the measurement in the relevant space on the diagram. Then these areas can be added together to get the total area of the room.
• Always measure twice to make doubly sure your measurements are correct.
• Remember to measure to the back of any door frames or room trims.
• To work out the coverage for steps, measure the height and depth of each step which will give you the length before multiplying by the width. This will give you the area of each step.
• If installing a diagonal, formal or other special pattern, allow for 20% additional materials.
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It’s also important to make sure you have the right floor installation tools for the job when fitting luxury vinyl tiles. Many of the tools you may already have in your toolbox and most DIY outlets sell fitting kits. Tools you might need include:
• Knee pads
• Tape measure
• Rubber mallet
• Vacuum cleaner
Before you can even consider layinga new floor it is essential that you prepare your sub-floor. If the sub-floor is not correctly prepared this will affect the finish and properties of your new floor. One of the great things about vinyl is that it can be laid on to a variety of different surfaces, as long it is flat and clean. Below we take you through the steps you should follow when preparing your sub-floor.
• Remove all furniture and any fixtures that might get in your way.
• Do not lay over recently treated wood or concrete that is too moist - make sure both are fully dried out.
• It is important to leave your new luxury vinyl tiles in the room that you plan to fit them for at least 24 hours before starting. This allows them to acclimatise to the room before fitting starts.
• It is recommended that any existing floor tiles or coverings are removed before fitting.
• Luxury vinyl tiles are suitable for cover underfloor heating but check with the manufacturer first to ensure the surface temperature is usable.
• Always wear knee pads to protect your knees when working on any type of flooring.
• If you have a lot of damaged floorboards, rather than trying to repair them all you’ll find it cheaper and easier to pull them up and start again. Tongue-and-groove chipboard flooring boards are great to use as a base, as are hardboard sheets.
• Prepare existing floorboards by ensuring no nails are sticking out above the surface and nailing down any boards that are loose. You can sand down any boards that are at a higher level than the rest. LVT will follow the profile of the existing floor so it’s imperative you get a flat surface.
• Make sure you use nails that are not too long as there is a risk of piercing through the floorboard into pipes or cables. 19mm nails should be about right.
• If you are using hardboard sheets as your base, lay them texture-side up. Start in a corner of the room and set the nails about 13mm in from the edges of the sheet in a pyramid pattern. It’s a good idea to use something as a spacer like a piece of wood.
• Space the nails about 150mm apart around the edges but in the centre 225mm apart. It’s a good idea to start in the centre of one edge and work across the board to the other side.
• Push the sheets together and nail the edges where the sheets meet first. When you finish the first row of boards the last one will need to be cut to size.
• Use this off-cut from the last sheet in the first row to start the second row and carry on in the same way. This reduces waste and also helps by ensuring the joints are staggered.
Removing your old floor
It is not a good idea to lay a new floor over an existing one. At Carpetright we make fitting a new floor easy at every step. Alongside our professional Which? approved fitting service, we also offer uplift and disposal. We can uplift your old flooring and dispose of it for you to ensure that you experience a hassle-free fit.
Learn more about our uplift and disposal service here.
Underlay is not an optional extra - it's an integral ingredient that shapes how flooring feels, wears and looks. Installing underlay is easy and will dramatically improve the look, feel and performance of your new floor. The right underlay will add comfort underfoot, absorb shock and noise effectively and act as an insulator, meaning you could save money on your energy bills.
Click system luxury vinyl tiles need to be fitted on top of underlay. This will improve the look and feel underfoot of the complete floor, as well as reduce in-room noise.
• Lay the underlay over the entire floor and trim to size, cutting a 16mm gap around any pipes. Lay lengths parallel and stick together with masking tape.
• Storing your tiles in the relevant room for 24-48 hours prior to fitting is really important as it will bring it to the temperature of the room. Temperature is very important when it comes to vinyl flooring as cold weather can make it brittle. If the room is particularly cold it can be worth putting the heating on to bring the temperature up and the best temperature for fitting LVT is between 18 – 30 degrees centigrade.
• Sweep or vacuum your sub-floor.
• Click systems allow the LVT panels to be clicked into place with ease. We suggest you begin in a corner, working from left to right.
• Put the head ends together in the first row.
• Push the short side joint down gently with your thumb moving from the inner corner towards the outside until you hear a “click” or use your rubber mallet to secure the joints together if you need to.
• Ensure the short side ends are closed by knocking gently on the short side click connection with your wrist.
• Follow this system for the second row and then join the two rows together once finished.
• Continue to do this until you fill the area as desired.
How to fit a door bar
Door bars serve to join different flooring types across door thresholds neatly. Firstly make sure you have the right door bar as there are various choices, depending on your flooring types and heights.
• The correct position for a door bar is centrally across the threshold so it cannot be seen on either side when the door is closed. Once you have positioned your door bar centrally like this, cut the bar to the right length with a hack saw.
• Ensure there any no pipes or cables under the floor.
• For a concrete floor drill the holes with a power drill using a masonry bit and insert wall plugs. You can then fit your door bar.