INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR DRY BACK LUXURY VINYL TILES

PRIOR TO INSTALLATION TIPS

  • Tiles must be acclimatized for at least 48 hours prior to installation in the installation area

  • Installation area must be climate controlled with an operating air conditioner and heat source that is operational for a minimum of 7 days prior to installation. Climate controlled conditioning is expected to remain operational during and after installation.

  • Installation area is expected to remain stable between 16ºC and 25ºC with a maximum relative humidity of 65%.

SURFACE PREPARATION

  • Adequate substrate preparation is necessary to ensure a successful installation.

  • Substrate must be lightly textured, porous, and well-bonded. Substrate must also be dry, smooth, level, clean, and dust free.

  • All substrates and underlayment patching must be done with a non-shrinking, water-resistant patching compound (found at your local hardware store).

  • Holes, grooves, expansion joints, and other depressions must be filled with a leveling compound and troweled smooth and feathered even to the surrounding surface.

  • If installing on a concrete surface, it must be dry, clean, and well-cured (cured for at least 6 weeks prior to installation). Concrete must be free from dust, powder, flaking, solvent, paint, wax, grease, oil, and other compounds that will effect the adhering qualities of the adhesive.

  • Concrete moisture content must be less than 75% relative humidity. New concrete slabs must be dry and cured for at least 6 weeks prior to installation.

  • Installing on wood and wood composite panels (plywood, OSB, flake board, and particle board) can be used provided they are smooth, flat, structurally sound, and free of deflection.

  • It is acceptable to install over an existing ceramic tile provided it be made smooth by applying a cement overlay such as patching or leveling compound to smooth out grout joints to prevent telegraphing.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

  • Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) adhesive (found at local hardware store)

  • Chalk/pencil

  • Utility knife

  • Ruler / straight edge

  • Tape measure

  • Trowel

INSTALLATION

  • You’ll need to divide the floor up and indicate the room’s center point. Essentially you’ll want to create a grid, so lay down some thin chalk line to mark the floor’s quadrants, starting from the center.

  • an essential rule to installing vinyl tile is to begin at the center of your surface, rather than at one of the corners. When you’re about to begin installing the tile, you’ll need to spread an adhesive using a trowel onto the substrate (follow instructions on LVT adhesive bottle/tub), so the vinyl tiles will remain fully bonded. Make sure you’re gently pressing the tiles onto the surface/substrate, and once you’ve completed one row, start on the next. It’s highly likely that your row of tiles won’t perfectly fit into your space, so make sure you measure the remaining length of tiles needed to complete a row, then cut another piece of tile using a utility knife to fit the adjacent space.

  • Make sure your tiles fit tightly against each other and if you notice any of the gel beginning to ooze out of the edges/seams, quickly wipe it up with a damp rag. Remember, tiles must be installed within two hours of applying the adhesive. You also won’t want to wash your new surface for at least a week because you want to give the adhesive time to settle. Apply pressure to each tile so they bond to the substrate.