The floor covering, adhesive, and the room temperature must be kept within a temperature range of 65-85F degrees for at least 48 hours before and after installation.
Read the manufacturers installation instructions to see if your subfloor is suitable to install the new product over. Start with a clean job site, a prepared subfloor, and remove any items that may damage the flooring during installation. Substrates must be dry, clean, smooth, and free from paint, varnish, wax, oils, solvents, and adhesive from former flooring. A properly prepared subfloor is important as imperfections can telegraph through the new floor. This will not only be unattractive, but it will cause uneven wearing. Underlayments are intended to provide a smooth working surface but are not designed to correct or properly cover structural deficiencies.
Glue down installations may be recommended for some commercial applications. The manufacturers recommended adhesive should always be used to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
Many waterproof vinyl planks do not require glue for installation. They are installed using a floated method, much like laminate flooring. These glueless products are easy to install. The installer interlocks the planks to each other one at a time. To finish the floor, the installers add molding to cover the perimeter gap and install any additional trim pieces needed in doorways or where the laminate meets a different type of flooring. Read the manufacturers installation instructions before starting.