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Laying Gerflor Vinyl Planks over Ceramic Tiles

Laying Gerflor Vinyl Planks over Ceramic Tiles.

These are a really easy way to upgrade your homes flooring, and the finish is fantastic to look at.

These plans are ideal for wet areas, and are easily removed and relayed if any damage does occur over the years of use they will be subjected to.

A Word Of Warning: Hot Direct Sun on to these planks is not recommended.

Tools Needed:

  1. Bucket
  2. Water
  3. Mop or Sponge, for washing the ceramic tiles
  4. Spade for mixing cement
  5. Good sized Concrete Trowel
  6. Sharp knife (Stanley or Heavy Duty Box cutter)
  7. Gerflor Vinyl Planks (Enough to cover area, PLUS some spares)
  8. Bondcrete Adhesive

Laying Vinyl Flooring

Photo of my finished Job above

 

Now Onto the Fun Bit

  1. The first step is to thoroughly clean the ceramic tiles, its not important if they are wet or dry for the next step.
  2. Mix some self levelling cement. The instructions are on the bag. (Again you don’t have to be to careful as there is a lot of leeway in mix)
  3. Spread the self levelling cement with a good trowel.
  4. Allow to cure overnight and if still a bit damp because of climate conditions allow another day. (Yes it even affects curing indoors as well).
  5. Apply a good coat of Bondcrete Adhesive. (Follow Instructions are on tub) I mixed mine a bit thicker than recommended.
  6. Allow Bondcrete to dry overnight.
  7. Apply a second coat of Bondcrete Adhesive.
  8. Again allow to dry overnight.
  9. Now its time to grab the Gerflor Vinyl Planks and do a test run to see how they will centre up.
  10. Once you are happy with the positioning of them, its time to either get out a sharp knife to cut the first plank to start the row, or Lay the full vinyl plank Directly against the wall.
  11. Remove the backing paper, (there is an arrow showing which way to pull it away from the plank) I didn’t notice any difference pulling it away from either end.
  12. Simply place the adhesive side down, position carefully then press firmly down. (If you make a mistake the Vinyl Plank can be lifted easily and repositioned).
  13. Place the next plank in position and repeat instruction #12.
  14. Repeat the process until you come across an obstacle in your way, then simply mark, score with a sharp knife, and snap the plank.
  15. Repeat until you have completely covered the entire floor area.

The video below is one I made while renovating my Bathroom and Toilets

 

Gerflor Vinyl Planks would have to be one of the easiest DIY projects to do yourself.