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How to lay
vinyl flooring

How to lay your
Quick-Step vinyl flooring

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.

Laying Alpha Vinyl

Laying Vinyl Flex

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Laying 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.


You may skip this step when you are installing Alpha Vinyl with underlay attached.

Discover Alpha Vinyl with underlay attached

 

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
 
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Installation tools

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.

If you choose an Alpha Vinyl floor with an underlay attached, you don't need to roll out an underlay first.

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.
Watch the video to install your herringbone Ciro Alpha Vinyl floor

Creating a herringbone pattern? Ordinarily, you’d need two different types of planks, A and B, which would mean slower and trickier installation. Not with Alpha Vinyl. Our herringbone floor has one ingenious type of plank that clicks on both sides, thanks to the Unizip system. Watch the video to install your Ciro floor.

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!

Laying Vinyl Flex

STEP 1: Choose your installation method: glued or Flex Pro underlay

You’ll want to walk on your beautiful new floor as soon as possible so installation is key. Choose either a glued-down option, or opt for Flex Pro underlay.

  • Glue down your Vinyl Flex floor with Quick-Step Vinyl Glue+ developed for a strong and fast installation. Ideal for large rooms, increased sound reduction, and high-temperature spaces.

  • Flex Pro has a self-adhesive side, so you don’t have to fumble around with a tube of glue. Just peel off the strip and fix the plank or tile to the underlay. This ensures quick, clean installation with no mess on your subfloor. All with a little room for some final adjustments. Flex Pro is kind to the planet. The underlay made from sustainable raw materials, including plant-based oils and mineral components such as chalk.
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 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?

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 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?

Need help finishing your project to your satisfaction?
Take a look at our help centre, which contains answers to the most frequently asked questions!

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