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About Vinyl

Home. It’s a place of pride and a source of safety. It’s the stuff dreams are made of and the result of hard work. Home beckons and welcomes, soothes and satisfies, charms and comforts. There’s no place on earth like it.

A home’s appeal and fascination are also universal. Novelist Maya Angelou said, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

That’s why our goal is to provide you with quality resilient flooring products that offer a positive and lasting effect on your home. Products that beautify your home, enhance décor, meet your specific comfort, performance and budget needs, are easy to care for, and stand the test of time. To help achieve our goal, we’ve created a library of resilient flooring knowledge, style choices, shopping tips, buying considerations and upkeep dos and don’ts. It’s all conveniently contained in this section of our website.

Resilient floors

  • have some "give" or elasticity when you walk across them
  • often used in kitchens and baths
  • resistant to moisture
  • wide variety of colors and textures
  • easy to keep clean
  • main enemy is grit or sand
  • completely customize your floor by mixing contrasting colors patchwork style, creating medallions or curved cuts
  • some resilient floors are vinyl but not all vinyl floors are resilient

2 types of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile (LVT)

LVT

  • all the advantages of vinyl
  • available in a wide array of colors
  • can look good anywhere
  • spare tiles can be kept on hand to repair worn areas
  • opens up unlimited possibilities for creating unique patterns

Vinyl flooring

  • no other flooring offers the selection, styling, ease of maintenance and value
  • can realistically mimic the look of ceramic, stone and wood grain
  • linoleum is not a resilient flooring

Vinyl | Styles

Luxury vinyl tile comes in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. The different types of styles include:

  1. planks
  2. tiles
  3. wood looks
  4. decorative borders
  5. geometrics
  6. tile and stone looks
  7. grout option or no grout option
  8. overall patterns

An advantage to Luxury Vinyl Flooring is the ability to install modular patterns. Different tiles can be combined, different planks can be combined as well as tiles and planks can be combined.

Vinyl | Preparing for Installation

Depending on the manufacturer these guidelines may vary:

The floor covering, adhesive, and room temperature must be kept with in a temperature range of 65°F to 100°F for at least 48 hours before, and 48 hours after installation. In certain cases where  epoxy adhesive is used, the temperature should not exceed 85°F.

The flooring material should be allowed to acclimate to the temperature of the  area it will be installed for at least 48 hours in advance.

Start with a clean jobsite, a prepared subfloor and remove any items that may damage a finished installation. Substrates must be dry, clean, smooth, and free from paint, varnish, wax, oils, solvents, adhesive from former flooring and other foreign matter.

A properly prepared subfloor is important because the wrong type can telegraph through the new floor. This will not only be unattractive, but it will cause uneven wearing. Underlayment panels are intended to provide a smooth working surface, but are not designed to correct or properly cover structural deficiencies.

Some types of nails, such as common steel nails, cement coated or someresin or rosin coated nails, may cause a discolor-ation of the vinyl floor covering. Use only non-staining fasteners with underlayment panels.

Before getting started, check each box to make sure it is the right style, color and pattern number. Then, be sure to check and make sure the dye lot numbers are the same on each box. It is best to know if a box does not match in the beginning in order to give you time to get a replacement. If there are many boxes that are not the same, you may need to return the entire shipment.

Once you have checked all of the cartons, mix tiles or planks from each carton to minimize shade variation.

Read the manufacturers installation instructions to see if your subfloor is suitable to install the new product over. Often, resilient products should never be installed over residual asphalt type or cut back adhesive. It can bleed through onto the new flooring. All of the adhesive needs to be removed or properly covered before proceeding with the installation.

The manufacturer’s recommended adhesive should always be used in order to maintain the manufacturers warranty.

When installing, be careful and precise measurements must be taken during tile layout. Lay all tiles in the same direction, all directional arrows pointing in the same direction. With plank layout it is also important to balance the layout of the plank format. Proper planning and layout will revent narrow plank widths at wall junctures. Accurately easure the room todetermine the center line, adjust this stablished line to accommodate a balanced lay out and then transpose this line to a comfortable width away from the starting wall (approximately 2’ to 3’ wide). Apply the adhesive in this area and begin installing planks.

When determining the proper layout for mixing tile and planks for custom installations it is important to consider overall pattern and concept before getting started. The pattern should be carefully calculated and laid out for a successful installation.

When the installation is complete, most floors must be rolled with a minimum 100 pound three-section floor roller immediately after installation. Roll the flooring in both directions to firmly seat the tile into the adhesive.


After Installation

Depending on the manufacturer these guidelines may vary:

After installation, furniture and foot traffic should not be on the floor for at least 24 hours. This allows the adhesive to dry completely.

After installation, the floors should also not be washed for 48 hours.

The adhesive residue on the floors after installation can be removed with mineral spirits.

Floor covering subjected to excessive heat and light exposure is subject to thermal degradation. Use appropriate precautions to minimize potential affects on the floor covering.

Oil or petroleum based products can result in surface staining. Do not track asphalt driveway sealer or automobile oil drips onto the vinyl floor covering.

During the life of the floor, the temperature should never drop below 55°F

Vinyl Maintenance

Floors should never be flooded with water or be allowed to have standing water. This can loosen the adhesive.

Care should be taken with heavy furniture and appliances. Furniture protectors that are at least 2" in diameter should be used. The hard and small buttons sometimes found on the bottom of chairs and other pieces of furniture should be removed. High heeled shoes also apply here.

Protect the floors from dirt and grit that can be tracked in by using walk-off mats at every entrance.

Do not use rubber backed mats. Certain rubber compounds can permanently stain vinyl.

Never use vinegar, acetone or lacquer thinner to clean these floors.

For extreme staining like nail polish, paint, dye, and permanent markers try applying fingernail polish remover that contains acetone, but is not pure acetone with a soft cloth and gently rub.

Spills should be removed immediately.

The floor should be swept, dust mopped or vacuumed on a regular basis.

Stubborn rubber heel marks can be removed with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits.

When the floor gets build up, consult with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner system to see if a stripper is available.