Lay PVC yourself in ten steps

One of the great advantages of PVC flooring is its relatively easy installation. The laying can be done by any experienced DIY enthusiast with our instructions easily. The greatest effort is often the preparation of the ground, but thanks to lending machines, even in more difficult cases can be well done by yourself.

PVC on different ground surfaces

First of all, it has to be decided whether the PVC flooring should be completely glued, selectively fixed or completely floating. The most complex is sticking, which also complicates any later intended replacement of the flooring.

For many types of substrates, they must be clean, free of grease and level to be suitable for laying. If PVC is to be laid on PVC or laminate, no further preparation is required.

When installing PVC flooring on tiles, existing joints and, if necessary, surface structures and profiles must be filled up. This can be done purposefully or the entire tiled floor is covered with a leveling compound.

A special case is the laying of PVC on carpet. Old carpet often has organic soil build-up in the fluff and fibers. Simply placing the PVC floor over it involves the risk of forming mold, germs, bacteria or even moisture beneath the PVC.

How to lay PVC flooring

  • PVC sheets or plates
  • skirting
  • Transition rails
  • Adhesive mats and / or
  • Double sided tape or
  • PVC glue
  • Leveling floors
  • Cutter or wallpaper knife
  • Weighting bars and blocks
  • glue brush
  • Pressure roller or hard bristle tassel
  • Cutting strip made of metal
  • Maybe carpet stripper or
  • Possible grinding machine

1. Remove old coating

If your floor has a fragile old finish or carpet, you must remove it with a carpet stripper or a sander.

2. Prepare underground

Clean the surface of dust and grease. When laying PVC in the bathroom, take care to avoid dryness. Fill joints with grout or reposition the floor completely with leveling compound.

3. Prepare PVC

In the case of sheet goods, cut the PVC so that it is laying so that it protrudes about two centimeters from the edges of the wall. If you lay bumps on the laying surface, let a rough edge overlap a bump around one centimeter. When using PVC tiles or planks, cut end pieces according to the layout.

4. Deposit PVC

The roughly precut PVC flooring should be spread on the laying surface for at least 24 hours, preferably even 48 hours, so that deformations and waves are created. Preheat the installation room to between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius, which should be maintained during installation.

5. Tape or glue

Press the PVC with the cutting bar against a wall edge and separate it precisely. Depending on the type of fixation, distribute the adhesive on the wall beginning with the glue applicator according to the manufacturer's instructions or fix longitudinally along the wall running double-sided adhesive tape.

6. Lay the PVC

Place the precisely cut edge at a 45-degree angle on the wall and lower the PVC evenly over the entire panel or web width. Press the edges evenly, roll off with a pinch roller or a hard bristle tassel and put weight on the freshly fixed areas. Attach the web to the center of the room or the opposite wall in approximately one meter of work. If necessary, place adhesive mats under it.

7. Cut bumps

If you have bumps on the installation surface, lay the overlapping side up. Position the carpet knife or cutter with the cutting bar so that you cut both PVC layers at the same time. So you get a clean kick.

8. Cut corners

At the corners press the PVC with your thumb as far as possible into the wall corner. Insert the blade at the corner point and make the cut as vertical as possible. Now you can use the cutter or a sharp pair of scissors to adjust the two overlaps to the vertical corner.

9. Complete transitions

If doors and passages lead into the room in which you lay the PVC, you must install transition rails as a connection. Make sure that the flooring protrudes at least two centimeters under the rail and is held by it by screwing. On many rails there are clamps in which you have to push the PVC before screwing.

10. Dress the base

Finally, fix the baseboards. If you have cut these from narrow PVC strips yourself, you must make sure that the vertical PVC coating covers the approximately one millimeter wide expansion joint of freshly laid flooring. A backing made of double-sided tape can help with corrections.

Tips & Tricks

You can assume that you will save up to 15 to 20 euros per square meter in the case of PVC if you transfer all the individual items of a commercial landlord's bill to the area.

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