How to install Quick-Step Vinyl

Whether you opt for Alpha Vinyl or Vinyl Flex, all Quick-Step Vinyl floors are very easy to install. All it takes is a few tools and a little bit of patience and dedication.

INSTALLING ALPHA VINYL

Alpha Vinyl by Quick-Step installation

  • 100% waterproof
  • Ultra-strong for maximum durability
  • Suitable for irregular surfaces
  • Designed for "floating" installation

INSTALLING VINYL FLEX

Vinyl Flex floors by Quick-Step installation

  • Soft & silent
  • Scratch & stain resistant
  • Easy to install
  • Can be installed "floating" or "glued-down"

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Installing Alpha Vinyl

STEP 1: Prepare your subfloor

First, you’ll need to inspect the subfloor. While Alpha Vinyl can handle most irregularities, we highly recommend making sure the surface is level, stable and clean, and to remove all existing floor covering before getting started.

How big can the joints in your existing tile floor be? How can you level out irregularities? What about underfloor heating?

STEP 2: Choose your underlay

The right underlay will result in a better-looking, more stable and comfortable floor. We offer several underlays that are suitable for Alpha Vinyl.

Which underlay should you get

I have underfloor heating. Which underlay do I need?

Underlay for your vinyl floor

STEP 3: Collect your tools

Save yourself a few trips and make sure you have the following tools handy:

  • a hammer
  • a saw that’s suitable for vinyl
  • a mouth mask
  • a tape measure
  • safety glasses
  • a bevel to measure the corners
  • tape to fix your underlay
  • cleaning material
  • a thin piece of rope
  • gloves
  • a pencil
  • levelling compound
  • calculator
  • a Quick-Step installation set containing a pull-bar, spacers, and a tapping block

STEP 4: Install your underlay

It’s about to go down! Roll out your underlay (step 2) and push it as closely as possible against the wall. Lay one row at a time and make sure you go in the same direction as you plan to lay your floor (see step 5). Use adhesive tape to attach the rows together and prevent damage.

STEP 5: Start laying your Alpha Vinyl floor

  1. First, check how many full rows of planks you will need by dividing the width of the room by the width of a plank.

  2. Make a mark on the wall where you’ll be laying your last full plank. The last plank should be at least 5 cm wide to ensure easy installation.

  3. Unpack your planks and mix them up to avoid laying identical patterns and colour variations too close together.

  4. For best results, start laying your first row of Alpha Vinyl planks in line with the longest wall, but not flush against it (as walls are hardly ever perfectly straight).

  5. Make sure to alternate your alignment so that end joints of successive rows are never in line. We recommend at least 30 cm between them.

  6. Click the first plank of the second row into the first plank of the first row (see video) and keep going like that.

  7. Alpha Vinyl is not intended for "glued-down" installation.

STEP 6: Cut your Alpha Vinyl floor

Inevitably, you’ll need to cut your Alpha Vinyl planks to complete your floor. Wear gloves and use a pencil to draw your cutting lines. Always saw your planks with the top surface decoration facing upwards.

Sawing a vinyl floor

STEP 7: Finish your Alpha Vinyl floor in style

Almost there! Now, it’s time to complete the picture with matching skirting boards and finishing profiles and other finer touches. After all, it’s all in the details!

Installing Vinyl Flex

STEP 1: Choose between click or glued-down installation

You just picked out the perfect floor, which can be installed in two ways: click (or ‘floating’) and glued down.

  • Click/floating: the easiest and cleanest way to go, with all the stability you’ll need

  • Glued down: ideal for large rooms, increased sound reduction, and high-temperature spaces
Vinyl installation methods: click or glue down

STEP 2: Prepare your subfloor

With Vinyl Flex, it’s important to ensure that your subfloor is perfectly level and devoid of any irregularities to avoid problems later on. Also make sure that cement joints wider than 1 mm are smoothed out, and don’t forget to check for mould or moisture.

How big can the joints in your existing tile floor be? How can you level out irregularities? What about underfloor heating?

STEP 3: Choose your underlay or glue

If you opt for a floating installation, choosing the right underlay is mandatory for a satisfactory result. We offer various underlays that were designed specifically for Quick-Step Vinyl floors.

Which underlay should you get

My subfloor is perfectly level. Do I need an underlay?

I have underfloor heating. Which underlay do I need?

Opting for a glued-down installation instead? Our Quick-Step Vinyl Glue+ is a high-quality adhesive especially developed for vinyl floors.

Underlay for your vinyl floor

STEP 4: Collect your tools 

Save yourself a few trips and make sure you have the following tools handy:

  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses
  • Thin rope
  • Bevel to measure the corners
  • Tape to secure your underlay
  • Calculator
  • Gloves
  • Pencil
  • Levelling compound
  • Cleaning material
  • Concave cutter knife
  • Quick-Step Vinyl installation tool

STEP 5: Install your underlay (in case of floating installation)

It’s about to go down! Roll out your underlay (step 3) and push it as closely as possible against the wall. Lay one row at a time and make sure you go in the same direction as you plan to lay your floor (see step 6). Use adhesive tape to attach the rows together and prevent damage.

STEP 6: Start laying your Vinyl Flex floor

  1. First, check how many full rows of planks you will need by dividing the width of the room by the width of a plank.

  2. Make a mark on the wall where you’ll be laying your last full plank. The last plank should be at least 5 cm wide to ensure easy installation.

  3. Unpack your planks and mix them up to avoid laying identical patterns and colour variations too close together.

  4. For best results, start laying your first row of Vinyl Flex planks in line with the longest wall, but not flush against it (as walls are hardly ever perfectly straight).

  5. Make sure to alternate your alignment so that end joints of successive rows are never in line. We recommend at least 30 cm between them.

  6. Click the first plank of the second row into the first plank of the first row (see video) and keep going like that.

STEP 7: Cut your Vinyl Flex floor

Inevitably, you’ll need to cut your beautiful Vinyl Flex planks to complete your floor. Wear gloves and use a pencil to draw your cutting lines. Always cut your planks using the concave knife and the vinyl installation tool, and make sure the top surface decoration is facing upwards.

STEP 8: Finish your Vinyl Flex floor in style

Almost there! Now, it’s time to complete the picture with matching skirting boards and finishing profiles and other finer touches. Perfection is in the details!

Still got questions?

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