3 Ways to Install LVT Flooring
Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:37 AM
LVT Installation Options
LVT is one of the most versatile and toughest performing floors there are and with an array of installation options, there’s a bound to be a solution for every problem.
Traditionally, vinyl flooring has been a glue down product that is adhered directly to the subfloor. This method also makes for easier customization as flooring can be cut into any desired shape and retain the integrity of the install.
Because vinyl can be quite reactive to temperature extremes, glue down installation provides additional stability against expansion and contraction.
In commercial settings, glue down also provides superior resistance to heavy rolling loads and foot traffic.
Easy to install because of click locking systems, a floating floor is not adhered to the surface. Rather, it is installed together piece by piece connected to one another so that the floor “floats” above the subfloor. This method has paved the way for more DIY activity due to its ease of installation and reliable performance.
Many vinyl products now have loose lay installation backings which helps each tile or plank to sit securely in place without the need for adhesives
This method also makes replacement as simple as pulling up a section and putting down a new one.
This method is often used with loose lay tile except that adhesives are used around the perimeter of the room, hence the term. This provides that extra support some floors may need.
Peel & Stick
Some companies, Armstrong and MetroFlor, have a peel and stick releasable backing that holds the floor in place but also makes for ease of installation and allows for easy replacement.