Our Commercial Grade Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation Process
Commercial grade luxury vinyl plank flooring can most times be laid directly over existing flooring, but where there are any high spots, these should be sanded down to create an even surface for the new floor. Creating a flat, smooth surface as the underlayment for the vinyl plank flooring is very important.
When laying vinyl plank flooring over a plywood subfloor, all depressions will be filled in with a floor-leveling compound and any existing flooring will be removed.
Trim Jambs and Casing
Trim jambs and casing are important to ensure that one can slide the vinyl plank flooring underneath doors. The casing is functional as well as decorative, with the main purpose to surround all doors and cover any space or gap.
Laying Out the Tile
One can start by laying the flooring along one wall, working row by row. It is important to start on one end of the room, measure across to the other side, and divide that measurement by the width of one vinyl plank.
Vinyl planks can easily be trimmed to fit the space using any sort of blade, making them easily adjustable unlike other flooring options like tile that require more complex tools. The first row can be completed by interlocking the tongue and groove connectors and aligning the seams.
Spread the Adhesive or Vinyl Tile Glue
A thinly spread layer of recommended adhesive will be applied to the floor under the commercial vinyl planks using a trowel and spread as evenly as possible. From here the vinyl planks will be installed immediately after spreading the glue.
Position Tiles with Spacers
The recommended expansion gap for commercial-grade luxury vinyl plank flooring is a minimum of ¼ inch. The more significant the space, the larger the expansion gap should be, as the floor needs more space to expand and contract with temperature changes.
Set The Tiles with a Roller
A vinyl floor roller can be used to apply extra pressure to each vinyl plank to ensure they bond to the floor surface and into the glue. This can be done by starting the rolling process in the middle and working toward the edges.
Spread The Grout
Grout adds durability and rigidity to vinyl and creates a more authentic look and feel to one’s vinyl flooring. In addition, applying grout to commercial vinyl plank flooring will provide an additional defense against moisture damage to the floor.