What is Vinyl Click Flooring
Click vinyl flooring is a variation of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) that allows hassle-free installation. Vinyl click flooring is just like most other style of vinyl with the exception that it can be installed without the need of glue or alternative adhesives. You can simply slot the different tiles into each other, making sure they don’t slide and slip when you’re finished.
Vinyl click comes in a range of styles and designs, letting you fashion your home to how you please. Because the material is waterproof, click can be used to style a bathroom or kitchen floor as if it were laid with slate. This means you can create an eloquent style without the hard costs of real stone.
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
There are a range of benefits that vinyl click flooring provides:
- Firstly, the material it’s made from is strong and durable, meaning it will last a long time even when exposed to heavy footfall.
- It is also a lot warmer than its natural counterparts (stone, slate, etc.), so you’ll have warmer feet during those cold, winter mornings.
- Luxury click vinyl is water-resistant, allowing you to have a natural wood finish without the risk of it expanding/shrinking to moisture exposure.
- Finally, click vinyl also allows for flexible application and funky designs. Because the tiles can be cut into just about any shape, they can be placed and altered in different ways with contrasting colours/shades. With a creative mindset, you can apply different wooden shades and create a unique flooring design for your home.
How to Lay Vinyl Click Flooring
Laying vinyl click flooring is simple. Even if you don’t have any flooring experience you could install the flooring yourself without the need of a paid professional. Not only are they easy to fit but they’re also cheap to install as well, saving you hard earned cash.
The first step to laying your new vinyl flooring is to measure your room. The last thing you want is to overorder on flooring. To measure your room, you’ll need to work out the size in either square feet or square metres; the choice in measurements is purely down to personal preference.
Acclimatise Your Flooring
Before installing your new LVT flooring, make sure you’ve left it out of the packaging for at least 48 hours. This will allow the floor to acclimatise to the average room temperature, prevent it from expanding or shrinking post-installation. If you don’t acclimatise the flooring properly, you may find gaps appearing, ruining the look of your room.
Prepare the Subfloor
The second step is to ensure the subfloor is properly prepared and ready for the application of LVT. Before laying the floor, make sure the subfloor is clean, smooth, dry, and level. LVT click can be placed on to any subfloor, the key is make sure the floor is ready before you go ahead with the project.
What Underlay do You Need for Vinyl Click Flooring?
When laying LVT click, it’s important to give the flooring a floating installation. This is where a 1-1.5mm foam anti-slip sheet is placed under the flooring to insure there are no slippages and movement post-installation. This also prevents any moisture from affecting the tiles. If you’re using glue down LVT, you won’t need a floating installation.
Lay the Tiles in the Right Direction
Start by laying the LVT click vinyl flooring on top of the underlay, making sure there is a 7-10mm space between the board and the wall. This expansion gap should be maintained throughout the whole installation. Additionally, make sure the flooring isn’t touching any radiators or door frames. Try not to worry too much about gaps because skirting board can be used to cover any small mistakes.
How to Clean Vinyl Click Flooring
Once you’ve installed your new luxury vinyl click flooring, you’re going to want to keep it maintained and clean. Click vinyl is well-known for being easy to clean, the majority of floors will only need a brief brush and mop. However, if the stain is a little more severe, you’ll need to apply a little more elbow grease. Try a hot, wet cloth to remove some stains.