Installing Vinyl Luxury Tile

December 15, 2017    Home Renovation DIY

Installing Vinyl Luxury Tile

My wife and I, along with some help with friends installed Congoleum Triversa Vinyl Luxury Tile 4 feet long by 9 inches wide in our 13 foot * 10 foot kitchen. We have several wall floor cabinets, an island, dishwasher, stove, fridge and door ways to work around. It looks great now, but there were a few things the installation guide and video don’t prepare you for.

The video shows a pristine perfectly square room. With a few light taps, it slides into position. This was not the case, but we found a few adaptions that worked for us.

Here’s a more in-depth installation video.

Installation Brochures

Make sure you have some good helpers!

helpers

“Tapping” the pieces together

After some frustrations that the tapping wasn’t working, I hit some pretty hard to get them to slide and latch securely. It damaged the latching mechanism, so I had to stop that. We used a scrap piece and hit that one to avoid anymore damage.

  1. Push long side into the piece already laid down with a slight edge. Get it snug by lifting it slightly and pushing it in.
  2. Push it down to the floor
  3. Use a scrap piece as a guide to slide it in (see official instructions)
  4. Grab a different scrap piece, lock it in and use the rubber tapper and give that some good hits.
  5. It will slide down and make a tight fit.

adapter adapter 1

We started the first row with 13 length, second with 23 and third row with a full length. Then we used a long level to keep them lined up (our cutting didn’t always get an exact 14 inch space, so we kept checking and adjusting). using level to get straight lines

We also cut 1 inch off so that our row on the other end would be 8 inches as well. This was suggested in the installation video as well.

Time Expectations

We had a couple hours of prep work to remove trim, make sure the floor was clean (I had old carpet that needed removing and scrapping off the bottom deteriorated black stuff, fixing a section that had holes from an old island, running to get tools, research, etc).

I spent 1 to 5:30 with a friend to only get three 13 foot rows done. This row was a lot of cutting for a register, sliding door, cabinets and a door thresh hold.

I took a day off and worked from 8 to 5 with a friend and my wife. We were able to finish the rest of the kitchen. There are only a few door pieces and transitions left to put down. Then trim back on and quarter round around the cabinets.

Having three worked well, 2 installing and 1 cutting or 1 measuring and marking.

Expect a lot of time to measure (2x with someone double checking when needed), mark and cut.

Tool suggestions

  • Invest in some knee pads, you’ll be thankful for them after a few minutes
  • Circular saw and/or table saw
    • The video shows to score it and snap it, but we found it easier to cut with the saw
    • These were essential to cutting the plank to a narrow length and around obstacles
  • Multi-puropse oscillating tool for cutting small corners or register holes. Here’s a Dewalt example at Lowes
  • Buy the rubber tapper and pull bar. I got both for about $17 at Menards
  • 14 inch spacers are important to have. You’ll need enough for each side. I bought a pack at Menards for $3 after I didn’t find the right wood scrap sizes
  • Hammer, utility knife, long level for a straight edge, speed square, measuring tapes, pencils
  • sliders to help move appliances without damaging floors
    • we had some slliders, but I also used some thin plywood and felt on the bottom

This was our experience. It wasn’t as smooth as the installation information, but it turned out well. I’m glad I didn’t give up after the first day!!



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