INSTALLING THE VINYL TILES AND PLANKS:
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL?
Deciding how you are going to install your LVT and the level of expertise needed is the next step in making the right decision regarding vinyl tile or plank flooring. Right from the start, you need to know that glue-down vinyl planks or tiles generally require some special extra materials and are best left for a professional to handle. If, however, you would like to save money on installation and go for a do-it-yourself approach, the other three options can more or less be done without professional help. Nevertheless, do bear in mind that some vinyl tiles are easier to fit than others, so time will also be a factor here.
1. Loose lay vinyl planks
The easiest and quickest to install are the loose lay vinyl planks. All you need is a ruler, gloves, and a Stanley knife or scissors for cutting the tiles. Perfect for DIY.
2. Self-adhesive tiles or planks
Similarly easy to install, but take a little bit longer than the loose lay type due to the peel and stick technique. Perfect for DIY.
3. Interlocking vinyl planks and tiles
While easy to install, the interlocking LVT require a bit of a technique to fit the tongues and the grooves. Cutting the tiles requires careful attention because of the special edges. This is, however, similar to the systems found on traditional parquet and laminate planks, most of us are familiar with. Perfect for the DIY adventurer or a professional.
4. Glue-down LVT
The need of special materials and the technique involved are best left for someone with expertise to handle.