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Resources / Tips - Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl Plank looks like wood planks in everything from color to species. Surface textures include the look of scraping or embossing, which dramatically heighten the realism. Vinyl flooring can bring stylish designs and practicality to any room. Vinyl is an easy-to-maintain surface, which is comfortable under foot and suitable for many domestic and commercial applications. Vinyl also offers to ability to develop attractive patterns and effects.

Vinyl Plank is made up of three primary layers. On top is a protective wear layer made of an enhanced urethane that makes it easy to clean and resistant to scratches and scuffs. There is also a protective clear film layer that adds durability and helps protect against rips, tears and gouges. On the printed design layer, the visuals are very realistic natural wood planks. The bottom-most layer is the tile backing, adding structural strength and durability.

  • Hard-wearing yet handsome, vinyl flooring is suitable for a wide range of commercial and residential applications.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • It’s extremely high-performance.
  • You can put it anywhere—even in places where moisture could be a problem for other types of flooring.
  1. Before you start with the installation, it is important to determine the layout of the flooring. Proper planning and layout will prevent having narrow plank widths at wall junctures or very short length pieces at the end of rows.
  2. As with all plank products, install the planks parallel to the longest exterior wall.
  3. Determine if the starter row will need to be cut. If the first row of planks does not need to be trimmed in width, it will be necessary to cut off the unsupported tongue so that a clean, solid edge shows towards the wall.
  4. Installation of the product must start from the left side of the room, working to the right when working in front of the planks or facing the starting wall. Use spacers along the walls to maintain proper expansion space and align the first plank.
  5. Install the second plank in the row by aligning and dropping the end tongue over the end groove of the first plank. Apply light pressure to join the two planks together.
  6. If needed, use a rubber mallet to fully engage the short side of the plank by lightly tapping the plank to engage and sit flush with the adjacent plank. Maintain an expansion gap of approximately 1/4″ from the wall. Repeat this process to complete the first row.
  7. Start the second row by cutting a plank to the desired length. Keep in mind that the plank must not be shorter than 6″ (15cm) to achieve the best appearance.
  8. Install the first plank in the second row by inserting the long side tongue into the groove of the plank in the first row. This is best done with a low angle of the plank. Maintain light pressure into the side seam as you rotate the plank to the subfloor. Repeat the process with additional planks to complete each row. Very little force is required to seat the tongue into the groove. You should feel the tongue lock into the groove.
  9. It is critical to keep the first two rows straight and square, as they are the “foundation” for the rest of the installation. Check for squareness and straightness often.
  10. Continue installing planks and make sure to achieve a random appearance with end pieces of minimum 6″ – 15cm. Check that all planks are fully engaged; if a slight gapping is found, the gap can be tapped together by using a tapping block and a scrap of flooring to cover the tapping block in order to avoid damages on the planks.
  11. When fitting under door casings, if necessary, a flat pull bar may be used to assist in locking the planks.
  12. When fitting around obstacles or into irregular spaces, planks can be cut easily and cleanly using a utility knife with a sharp blade. It is often beneficial to make a cardboard template of the area and transfer this pattern to the plank.
  13. Protect all exposed edges of the flooring by installing wall molding and/or transition strips. Make sure that no plank will be secured in any way to the sub floor.
  14. Protect the finished flooring from exposure to direct sunlight.
  1. Sweep the vinyl planks regularly with a soft broom to remove dust and loose buildup.
  2. Pour 1 gallon water and 2 tbsp. dish soap into a bucket.
  3. Dip your mop in the bucket, squeeze out, and wipe over the vinyl planks following the direction of the planks.
  4. Rinse the mop with clear water, and wipe over the vinyl planks to remove soap buildup. Allow to air-dry.
  5. Discard the soapy water, and if any residue remains on your floors combine 2 tbsp. clear ammonia with 1 gallon warm water.
  6. Dip the mop in the bucket again, squeeze out and wipe across the vinyl planks.
  7. Rinse your mop with hot water again, and wipe over the floor to remove ammonia residue. Let the vinyl air-dry.
+ - What is Vinyl Floors

Vinyl Plank looks like wood planks in everything from color to species. Surface textures include the look of scraping or embossing, which dramatically heighten the realism. Vinyl flooring can bring stylish designs and practicality to any room. Vinyl is an easy-to-maintain surface, which is comfortable under foot and suitable for many domestic and commercial applications. Vinyl also offers to ability to develop attractive patterns and effects.

Vinyl Plank is made up of three primary layers. On top is a protective wear layer made of an enhanced urethane that makes it easy to clean and resistant to scratches and scuffs. There is also a protective clear film layer that adds durability and helps protect against rips, tears and gouges. On the printed design layer, the visuals are very realistic natural wood planks. The bottom-most layer is the tile backing, adding structural strength and durability.

+ - Why choose Vinyl Floors
  • Hard-wearing yet handsome, vinyl flooring is suitable for a wide range of commercial and residential applications.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • It’s extremely high-performance.
  • You can put it anywhere—even in places where moisture could be a problem for other types of flooring.
+ - Installation
  1. Before you start with the installation, it is important to determine the layout of the flooring. Proper planning and layout will prevent having narrow plank widths at wall junctures or very short length pieces at the end of rows.
  2. As with all plank products, install the planks parallel to the longest exterior wall.
  3. Determine if the starter row will need to be cut. If the first row of planks does not need to be trimmed in width, it will be necessary to cut off the unsupported tongue so that a clean, solid edge shows towards the wall.
  4. Installation of the product must start from the left side of the room, working to the right when working in front of the planks or facing the starting wall. Use spacers along the walls to maintain proper expansion space and align the first plank.
  5. Install the second plank in the row by aligning and dropping the end tongue over the end groove of the first plank. Apply light pressure to join the two planks together.
  6. If needed, use a rubber mallet to fully engage the short side of the plank by lightly tapping the plank to engage and sit flush with the adjacent plank. Maintain an expansion gap of approximately 1/4″ from the wall. Repeat this process to complete the first row.
  7. Start the second row by cutting a plank to the desired length. Keep in mind that the plank must not be shorter than 6″ (15cm) to achieve the best appearance.
  8. Install the first plank in the second row by inserting the long side tongue into the groove of the plank in the first row. This is best done with a low angle of the plank. Maintain light pressure into the side seam as you rotate the plank to the subfloor. Repeat the process with additional planks to complete each row. Very little force is required to seat the tongue into the groove. You should feel the tongue lock into the groove.
  9. It is critical to keep the first two rows straight and square, as they are the “foundation” for the rest of the installation. Check for squareness and straightness often.
  10. Continue installing planks and make sure to achieve a random appearance with end pieces of minimum 6″ – 15cm. Check that all planks are fully engaged; if a slight gapping is found, the gap can be tapped together by using a tapping block and a scrap of flooring to cover the tapping block in order to avoid damages on the planks.
  11. When fitting under door casings, if necessary, a flat pull bar may be used to assist in locking the planks.
  12. When fitting around obstacles or into irregular spaces, planks can be cut easily and cleanly using a utility knife with a sharp blade. It is often beneficial to make a cardboard template of the area and transfer this pattern to the plank.
  13. Protect all exposed edges of the flooring by installing wall molding and/or transition strips. Make sure that no plank will be secured in any way to the sub floor.
  14. Protect the finished flooring from exposure to direct sunlight.
+ - Maintenance
  1. Sweep the vinyl planks regularly with a soft broom to remove dust and loose buildup.
  2. Pour 1 gallon water and 2 tbsp. dish soap into a bucket.
  3. Dip your mop in the bucket, squeeze out, and wipe over the vinyl planks following the direction of the planks.
  4. Rinse the mop with clear water, and wipe over the vinyl planks to remove soap buildup. Allow to air-dry.
  5. Discard the soapy water, and if any residue remains on your floors combine 2 tbsp. clear ammonia with 1 gallon warm water.
  6. Dip the mop in the bucket again, squeeze out and wipe across the vinyl planks.
  7. Rinse your mop with hot water again, and wipe over the floor to remove ammonia residue. Let the vinyl air-dry.

Vinly Flooring Quick Facts

  • Waterproof
  • Wood and tile looks
  • Peel-and-Stick
  • Easy installation