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VINYL FLOORING FAQs – Part 2

After Vinyl Flooring FAQs – Part 1 is time for part two. This time the questions will mostly relate to installation and maintenance.

What is LVP and what is LVT?

LVP is the luxury vinyl planks, often featuring a wood-look image and the plank format really helps sell the look.

LVT is the acronym for luxury vinyl tiles, that can come in different sizes but always tend to keep the standard tile shape.

Can vinyl planks and tiles be installed over radiant heat?

Yes, however, it is always to check manufacturer instructions before doing so.

Can vinyl plank flooring be installed over carpet or tile?

No! The “squish” of a plush carpet will prevent the vinyl planks from locking properly. However, thicker vinyl plank flooring can potentially be installed over existing tile surface, provided that there are no major imperfections. Be sure to always double check with the manufacturer recommendations first.

Does LVF need an underlayment?

Some products have the underlayment attached, but at most, only a vapour barrier will be needed. If there is no attached one, cork is the most popular choice for vinyl flooring, as rubber will cause staining.

How to cut luxury vinyl flooring?

There are a few different methods of cutting – by hand with a sharp utility knife; using a power saw, or even a tile cutter. The choice is totally up to the customer.

Cleaning & Maintenance

The best news is, vinyl flooring is virtually maintenance free. All it needs is vacuuming up any dust, dirt, or debris. It’s best to use a vacuum without a beater bar for this. A damp mop can also be used to keep the vinyl flooring clean. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately to prevent damage.

How to keep the vinyl flooring looking great?

Here are a few tips:

  • Use felt pads under any furniture legs to prevent scratching of the flooring surface.
  • Place door mats at all entrances and doors to prevent tracked in dirt, rocks, moisture, etc
  • Avoid the use of rubber backed mats as they can stain the flooring surface over time.

If you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact The Flooring Group.