The benefits of the flooring choice are often over looked when style and texture become the focal point of a flooring purchasing decision.If the benefits are overlooked then the pitfalls are most certainly overlooked. In this post I am glad to say that LVP has many awesome benefits here are my top three benefits.
- Looks just like wood.
- Extremely durable
Notice that I said pitfall ( singular ). The number one pitfall is not with the product itself but rather it is with the choice of your installer and the floor prep people that they use. Be sure your installer has lots of experience with LVP. Vinyl is an awesome material. Its been around forever but by nature it is pliable. It bends and forms to match the surface it is bonded to. That being said. When you put vinyl on a floor it will follow the floors contours If a floor has a texture or protrusion vinyl will"hug" the protrusion and you will see that protrusion stand out like a sore thumb. This is not a problem if your floor prep is done right.
Be sure when prepping the sub floor that you grind off high spots such as old thin set . We do this for our customers using a 99% dust free grinding method so that the LVP will have a smooth surface to bond to. Also be sure that your surface doesn't have severe indentations of any kind because it will show up with the opposite effect of the high spot . Often times especially on concrete sub floors you can visibly see undulations after grinding off any old glues or thin set. If severe those undulations should be "skimmed " using the appropriate surfacing material to create the flattest floor possible. Floor prep is the key to a successful LVP flooring installation. Do it right the first time!