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How To: Prepare your floor for installing vinyl tiles

Wonderfully easy to lay, vinyl is a hugely practical and stylish flooring option for any indoor space, especially hard-working areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Boasting many practical benefits, vinyl floor tiles are not only effortlessly easy to install and maintain but also water resistant and incredibly durable.

If you’re thinking of getting vinyl flooring be sure to read these few simple steps:

Be sure to buy all your floor tiles all at once, as there can be slight variations on colours between batches.

Your existing floor must be sound, dry and level. This means no protruding nail heads, no rotten floorboards and no un-even texture as the tiles will not sit flush to the floor. If your sub-floor is uneven, be sure to use a good-quality latex self-levelling compound to flatten the surface. Although this part might not be fun, it is important as obviously the cleaner and smoother your sub-floor, the better your vinyl floor tiles will look.

Try not to lay the vinyl tiles directly on to floorboards, as the boards might begin to show through and cause premature wear.

It’s worth noting that if your timber has been treated with wood preservative it won’t be suitable to use as a sub-floor so you’ll need to replace it. If you’re laying hardboard or plywood over your existing flooring be sure to cover the area with either a 4mm or 6mm wood, lay the flooring smooth-side up and fix it with 25mm ring-shanked nails. Once this is done, sand down any high spots and level out an dips with self-levelling underlayment.

Be sure to seal porous surfaces like cement, plywood and hardboard with a suitable primer.

And there you have it, time to order your Harvey Maria samples!

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