Laying vinyl flooring

7 Feb 2010
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United Kingdom

I plan to lay vinyl flooring in my bathroom, but I have 2 questions:

1) The vinyl is 4mm thick. The wall tiling is not done yet. Should I tile the walls and leave a 4mm gap to the floor, so I can slip the vinyl underneath - or - tile all the way down to the floor and then lay the vinyl floor up against the wall tile?

2) What is the ideal sub-surface for vinyl flooring? I have just laid brand new, extra-wide floorboards, and screwed them down - it feels quite solid. Can I simply lay the vinyl on this?

Any advice on this should be appreciated.


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You should lay plywood 3 or 6mm ring nailed @ 150mm centres.If you've laid new pine boards they will most likely,shrink telegraphing the joints through the vinyl.
Yep mack4's advice is spot on..

It may be worth wall tiling first, that way you don't have to be too crucial with the gap at the bottom as you will have 6mm (from the ply) to play with. Always leave your tiles just short of the floor in case any movement of the floor dislodges the bottom row of tiles.

i.e leave bottom row of tiles 3 to 5mm off floor then lay 6mm ply then your vinyl
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