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How to lay hybrid vinyl flooring?

All Pergo hybrid vinyl floors are as easy to install as they’re easy on the eyes. Going for extreme strength or jaw-dropping comfort? Make your choice and get started!

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Step 1: Prepare your subfloor

Rigid Vinyl can be installed on slightly irregular subfloors and makes subfloor preparation unnecessary in most cases. But we still highly recommend checking the installation instructions for further specifications and making sure the surface is dry, level, stable and clean. Remove all existing floor covering before getting started. The quality of your subfloor has a big influence on the final installation result. If the subfloor is not appropriate for the installation of Rigid Vinyl, necessary actions should be taken.

man checking the subfloor before installing a hybrid vinyl floor

Step 2: Choose your underlay

The right underlay has a big impact on the final result. Pergo Rigid Click Vinyl underlays have a noise-reducing and levelling function. The smooth top surface makes installing the rigid vinyl panels easier and allows for floor shrinkage and expansion afterwards.

beige hybrid vinyl floor installed on underlay

Step 3: Collect your tools

Thanks to our convenient click systems, you won’t be needing hundreds of different tools to install your Rigid Vinyl floor. Make sure you have this basic equipment:

  • Tape measure or folding ruler
  • Calculator
  • Pencil
  • Bevel tool
  • Saw
  • Tape
  • Gloves
  • Trowel
  • Moisture meter
  • Pergo installation set
  • Pergo underlay system (for floors without underlay attached)

If you don’t have everything at hand, don’t worry! You’ll find all the equipment you need at a nearby well-equipped DIY centre.

man using tools to saw a hybrid vinyl floor

Step 4: install your underlay

It’s about to go down! Unfold your Pergo underlay and install the first strip in the same direction as you plan to lay your floor. Gradually add strips of underlay as you progress. Use a thin adhesive tape to connect the underlay strips and avoid overlapping them.

man installing an underlay on the subfloor

Step 5: start laying your Rigid Vinyl floor

All our vinyl floors are easy to install, but the specific installation method may vary depending on the product and the subfloor. It is important to understand the recommended installation method, including any specific tools needed, before beginning the installation process.

By carefully following the instructions, you can ensure a long-lasting, beautiful floor that meets your needs and expectations.

Step 6: cut your vinyl planks

Inevitably, you’ll need to cut a few Rigid Vinyl planks while installing them.

To shorten the length of the plank with a straight cut, you can cut the Rigid Vinyl floors with the décor side face up, using a special concave vinyl cutting knife. Draw a straight line and use the knife to make a firm cut in the surface. Then break off the plank using both hands.

For any other cuts, you need to saw the planks. Depending on the type of saw, position your plank with the decor side face-up or face-down. Before making the actual cut, use a leftover piece to determine how the cleanest cut can be obtained (decor side face-up or face-down).

man sawing a hybrid vinyl floor

Step 7: finish in style and keep it watertight

Almost there! Remove all spacers and install matching skirtings and colour-matched (5-in-1) or aluminium profiles to finish off your flooring project.

Want a watertight finish? Secure the floor with:

Make sure to consult the full installation instructions before you start installing your Rigid Vinyl floor.

close up of watertight hybrid vinyl floor finish