Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) are flooring products created with innovative technology to mimic natural hardwood and stone, while providing the durability of vinyl. These high-performance floors are easy to maintain, and provide exceptional stain and water resistance. LVT/LVP provides more warmth to a home and more comfort to your feet than traditional hardwood or stone flooring. Unlike ceramic, porcelain or stone options, Luxury Vinyl Tile will not crack or break. If you’re looking to install Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring in your home, find a local flooring store with experts and installers that help you get the right flooring for your specific needs.
Step 1 – Know Your LVT/LVP Flooring
Flooring America offers many LVT/LVP brands that come in looks that are ultra-realistic, but each type can have separate installation instructions. Some types use glue or grout, some lock together and some have peel-off backing. All Luxury Vinyl must acclimate to the environment of your home for a minimum of 48-72 hours. Be sure to measure carefully when ordering your LVT/LVP. Ordering too little could mean not having enough to complete your installation.
Step 2 – Removing Any Obstacles
Remove all the obstacles in the room in which you’re working, including appliances and trim. If you are working in a kitchen, be sure to leave any kitchen island in place. LVT/LVP does not go underneath an island. Remove any old flooring and reveal the sub-floor. This job can be difficult and can produce a lot of trash so think about hiring a team of our expert installers who can remove your existing flooring quickly and efficiently.
Step 3 – Preparing the Sub-Floor
LVT/LVP flooring should sit on flat, clean sub-flooring. If the subfloor isn’t smooth, the Luxury Vinyl won’t be smooth. Gouges in the sub-floor are all too common and can lead to real issues with your flooring in the future.
Step 4 – Putting Down the Vinyl Flooring
Your Luxury Vinyl flooring may come in sheets, planks or square tiles. Depending on the type of LVT/LVP flooring you have chosen, you may be snapping planks together, gluing down sheets or peeling the backing off of tiles. If you are applying tiles, begin in the center of the room to create a symmetrical pattern. Planks should begin at the edge of a room.
The success of your installation of LVT/LVP flooring that utilizes adhesion (glue or peel-off) depends on how it sticks to the sub-floor. Allow the bond to set firmly for several hours before replacing any trim or appliances. Our flooring experts have the expertise and tools to complete your installation correctly.
Each Luxury Vinyl flooring purchase with installation from us at Flooring America comes with a lifetime installation warranty. If your Luxury Vinyl flooring has a problem years down the road related to installation, we will make your flooring right again. With more than 500 locations nationwide and our Five Star Selection System, you can be sure that you’re in good hands when you’re choosing long lasting, durable luxury vinyl that’s kid proof and pet proof for a home or a commercial space.
Call us today (800) 4-FLOORS to begin taking steps toward the easy care LVT/LVP floor you’ve always wanted. Experience the easy maintenance, durability and virtually unlimited design options that Flooring America can offer you. Our experts are waiting to guide you to the flooring of your dreams!