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The Hybrid Revolution Of Vinyl Adhesives

Most of the London flooring contractors have worked with vinyl floor covering and know both advantages and disadvantages of this flooring solution. In this article, we will discuss the different types of adhesives as well as the recent advances in the flooring technology and the ways it revolutionises London vinyl flooring installations.

  • Vinyl flooring is a popular option for many commercial, retail and healthcare environments. They are preferred because they are easy-care and hard-wearing and provide a great variety of attractive looks. Many homeowners rely on them for their kitchens and bathrooms. For this reason, leading flooring manufacturers are developing new types of adhesives to meet the demands of these London flooring solutions and ensure durability and longevity of the installations.
  • One of the adhesives we will discuss is the pressure sensitive adhesive. Their main feature is that its bond strength is increased because pressure is applied. They dry to a permanently tacky film – they do not form a solid material. When this is combined with high bond strength qualities and the strong original tack results in the stability of the floor covering – it won’t move when pressure is applied. After application, they can be rolled with a pre-coated paint roller – this will reduce the risk of ‘grin through’ from trowel serrations.
  • Unfortunately, these adhesives have disadvantages, too. When they are exposed to the direct sunlight or some extreme temperatures, the floor covering may become subject to movement which can result in failure of the whole installation. Why is that happening? Pressure sensitive adhesives are not designed to be used in such environments and therefore the temperature and direct sunlight will cause the London flooring solution to expand and contract. Gaps will be created so the long-term performance and appearance will fail to last.
  • Fortunately, there are adhesives that are tailored for such extreme fluctuations in temperature and provide the needed characteristics. Their dimensional stability decreases the chances of movement of London flooring and will provide a more long-lasting and durable finish in such demanding environments. Many people are wondering why don`t we simply use these adhesives in every vinyl installation. London flooring contractors explain that heat-resistant adhesives lack of instant initial grab that pressure sensitive adhesives provide. Floor coverings will move around if a wet adhesive is applied and then pressure is exercised – it makes the whole process of London flooring installation more time-consuming especially if vinyl tiles are used.
  • We can say that both high temperature adhesives and pressure sensitive ones have their pros and cons but what is the missing link? Can we adopt the best of both types? London flooring experts gladly say that thanks to recent technology advances the answer is now “yes”. It enables the features of both types and provides an innovative solution to London flooring contractors that work with vinyl floor coverings in areas that are subject to extreme fluctuations in temperature.
  • This product is a hybrid – water-based, temperature-tolerant pressure sensitive adhesive which combines high bond strength and strong initial tack to endure extreme temperatures without any gapping to occur. It is also appropriate for usage over underfloor heating systems and in areas where high humidity is present.

To finish, London flooring specialists say that vinyl can be very tricky to be installed right with the suitable adhesives but as the industry continues to improve and develop now there is the perfect adhesive to provide the solution which London flooring contractors want.

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