How to Easily Install Luxury Vinyl Tile


Luxury vinyl tile is a durable and comfortable alternative to traditional tile floors.

It’s easy to clean and it hides stains pretty well. Also, because it’s made from vinyl, it’s softer on your joints than rigid tile.  

Installing it yourself is easy, and can be done in just a weekend. Here’s how to do it.

Trowel smoothing Custom Building Products LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment on a plywood subfloor
We use Custom Building Products LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment to fill in low spots and smooth out the transitions. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Before installing luxury vinyl tile, the surface it will cover must be clean and level. To make sure it’s smooth and flat, use a self-leveling underlayment, like Custom Building Products LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment.

Start laying the tile along the longest wall in the room. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The tile we’re using has a built-in pad so there’s no need to install an underlayment. Start in a corner of the longest wall in the room, placing the tiles with the tongue side out.

The tongue on luxury vinyl tile is the small flat edge on one side of the tile that’s angled to lock into the bottom side of another tile (the groove side).

Cut the outer boards down to ensure you have equal-sized pieces on either side of the room. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

To ensure we have equal-sized cut pieces on either side of the room, we cut our first row of tiles down to 8 and 3/4 inches.

Luxury vinyl tile expands and contracts, so give it some room by spacing it about 3/8 of an inch away from the wall. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Space each piece about 3/8 of an inch from the wall so there’s room for expansion. For this luxury vinyl tile, we’re aligning them with the base molding because it’s a little wider than that measurement. 

Simply lock the tongue-and-groove pieces together one at a time. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

On the first row, you’ll only need to snap the end joints together. For the next row, align the end joint then tilt the tile down so the longer joint lines up. 

Staggering the rows prevents unattractive gaps between the luxury vinyl tile. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Offset each new row by half from the previous one before tapping both joints in place with a rubber mallet.

You don’t have to use a saw to cut luxury vinyl tile. Simply score it with a utility knife and snap it off. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

When you need to cut the tile, simply align the tile and mark the edges at the obstacle, then connect the lines using a speed square. Cuts can be made with a saw or with a utility knife to score and snap the tiles. 

The white shoe molding holds the luxury vinyl tile in place. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Once all the tiles are in place, nail shoe molding to the baseboard to cover any gaps and secure the edges of the flooring. 

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