Vinyl | Installation

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is installed by floating or gluing the vinyl product over a subfloor. At Roberts Carpet, we almost never glue down LVT nor do we recommend this method to our customers. The only exception is with stairs, which are always glued down. Due to the ease of install, LVT is often an attractive flooring option for DIYers. However, it is important to consider the fine print in the manufacturer warranty—many manufacturers require expert installation in order to maintain the warranty.

Read our tips below for what to expect with a professional install of new LVT by Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors.

  • Unlike hardwood products, LVT does not need to acclimate prior to installation
  • Ambient temperatures, between 55º and 85 ºF, are recommended during installation and thereafter to maintain the integrity of the floor
  • To minimize shade variation, cartons of product are mixed before installation
  • Subfloor must be flat” 3/16” in 10’ or 1/8” in 6’
    • If not flat, float will be used to flatten the subfloor. Float is an additional cost, charged per bag.
  • Subfloor must be dry. Although floor is water resistant, excessive moisture in the subflooring may promote mold or mildew.
    • Installers will provide a moisture reading before install. If excessive moisture is found, installer will recommend an outside service before proceeding with install.
  • Spacers are inserted on product at ends and edges where the vinyl plank or tile meets the wall
  • Vinyl Planks/Tiles are locked in by inserting tongue into groove at an angle
  • A hammer and tapping block may be used in order to ensure tight fit
  • Tile patterns are installed in a staggered brick pattern, or per custom design specification

For more details on the installation process, we recommend downloading this PDF by COREtec