on May 30, 2019
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) has exploded over the last decade. As a result, it is the cause of a lot of discussion. Everything from great value, fast to install and very durable, to shrinking, buckling and peaking at the seams. Should I glue it down or float a click product? What are the criteria that separate the good from the bad? As usual there's no one silver bullet to answer all the questions. Each client has a different set of needs, set of job site circumstances, time frame and budget influencing the eventual decision. Needless to say, no one wants the problems which seem to be plaguing this sector of the industry.
Our inspectors have seen and reported on many of the problems associated with LVT - problems ranging from using the wrong adhesive to incorrect acclimation, to sunlight overheating the floor, to substrates that are not flat to manufacturer's standards. I've also had numerous conversations with flooring contractors promoting the benefits of both floating and glue down types of installation, saying they would never install LVT 'the other way' again. I suppose once bitten twice shy. So, here are a few pointers that I hope will help:
Chris Maskell is the CEO of the NFCA (National Floor Covering Association) since August 2016 in Vancouver (British Columbia). See his LinkedIn profile.
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