Luxury Vinyl Plank & Vinyl Composite Tile
LVP does not require regular maintenance beyond simple washing. It is also slightly more water resistant than wood based flooring products when in click form, and is completely waterproof when planks are glued directly to the subfloor.
VCT is always used in commercial and industrial settings and must be glued to the sub-floor directly. It then needs to be stripped of its top coat before 6 coats of industrial wax are applied to the surface.
Every 3 months VCT will need to be stripped and re-waxed. The waxing process reduces damage to the, often expensive, tiles and keeps the tile shiny and reflective. One of the main reasons you see these types of tiles in large shopping spaces, such as Walmart and grocery stores, is because of the durability in extremely high traffic areas, as well as the light reflecting characteristics, which brightens the space cutting down on lighting costs.
VCT & LVP Preparation
Both products can be installed on either wood or concrete sub-floors. Installation requires an exact preparation process that needs to be followed closely to ensure that the flooring is not susceptible to denting or delaminating away from the sub-floor.
This process is detailed below.
VCT & LVP Preparation
1. Sub-floor needs to be scraped or sanded to remove all bumps and debris
2. Vacuuming of sub-floor to ensure there is no dust or debris remaining
3.Leveling of the clean sub-floor. Depending on the depth of the leveling compound required it may be necessary to use multiple types of concrete (foundational and self-leveling). The floor may also need to be leveled in stages to ensure each stage has adequate time to cure.
4.Once the floor is leveled multiple coats of skim-coat patch need to be applied as the floor needs to be perfectly smooth. The roughness of the floor after leveling will determine how many coats of skim will be required. Generally, a level floor will require 1-3 coats to ensure a glass-like smooth surface.
Once Preparation has been carefully completed, the rooms are measured and lines are snapped to create a grid outline in which the tiles will be laid. Next, an industrial glue is spread on the prepared floor and fans are placed to ensure the glue dries to the appropriate point. The glue needs to be tacky before installation can proceed. The glue spreading and tile install process will be completed in stages so as to ensure the glue doesn’t dry completely before the tiles are installed.
A click vinyl will require the same preparation as VCT, but it is installed in a similar fashion to laminate or engineered product, clicked together. However, due to the extra steps of preparation required, vinyl is generally more costly to install than a high-quality laminate product.
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