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How To: Lay A Floating Floor – Part 2

Luxury Vinyl Tiling, or LVT, is a low cost and relatively easy way to revamp a space. Water resistant and hardwearing, there are myriad designs of LVT available, making it ideal for all rooms, from bathrooms and kitchens to bedrooms and hallways.

Over this series we have guided you through the process of buying and measuring your LVT. Now, you should be in the position to fit it. As always preparation is key; if in doubt, don’t risk damaging your flooring - get a quote for laying your floor from a reliable local flooring specialist.

You will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Spacers
  • Tapping Block
  • Crow bar
  • Roller

Use your utility knife to cut the click system from one side of your first plank or tile to allow it to sit tight against the wall. Lay your planks from the left, using spacers to ensure that you have an expansion gap.

Fit the second plank in the row by clipping the tongue of the plank into the groove of the plank in the first row. If you have a roller, run it over the seam to ensure that it fits properly.

The last plank in the row may need to be cut. If you mapped out your tiles beforehand, you should know how much you need to cut your last plank. Cutting the plank is easy; score it with your knife and snap it. Make sure you account for the spacer gap when cutting the last piece. If the offcut is larger than 20cm, you can use it to start your next row.

To fit the second row, clip the long side of the plank into the groove on the first row. Ensure that the short edge seams of the second row don’t match up with those on the first. You can lay this row individually, or you can click your second-row planks together before clipping them into the first row. Always use the roller to ensure tight seams.

Your final row may need to be cut to size. When cutting the plank, make sure that you cut the right side so that you can clip it into the previous row (don’t cut the tongue off!).

Once the final plank is laid, you are almost done – yes, it really is that simple! Remove the spacers from around the edge and fit door bars and skirting board if necessary. And – you’re ready to enjoy your new, easy-to clean, low maintenance floor for years to come!

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