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Luxury Vinyl Plank & Vinyl Composite Tile

LVP and VCT are both vinyl based flooring solutions which are often considered to be interchangeable, but in reality they have some differing characteristics. The  vinyl  flooring installation process for both products is similar, however different glue compounds are required. The main difference between these products is that one is generally considered for residential purposes (LVP) and the other for commercial and industrial (VCT).

LVP does not require regular maintenance beyond simple washing. It is also slightly more water resistant than wood based flooring products when in click form, and is completely waterproof when planks are glued directly to the subfloor.

VCT is always used in commercial and industrial settings and must be glued to the sub-floor directly. It then needs to be stripped of its top coat before 6 coats of industrial wax are applied to the surface.

Every 3 months VCT will need to be stripped and re-waxed. The waxing process reduces damage to the, often expensive, tiles and keeps the tile shiny and reflective. One of the main reasons you see these types of tiles in large shopping spaces, such as Walmart and grocery stores, is because of the durability in extremely high traffic areas, as well as the light reflecting characteristics, which brightens the space cutting down on lighting costs.

VCT & LVP Preparation

Both products can be installed on either wood or concrete sub-floors. Installation requires an exact preparation process that needs to be followed closely to ensure that the flooring is not susceptible to denting or delaminating away from the sub-floor.
This process is detailed below.

VCT & LVP Preparation

1. Sub-floor needs to be scraped or sanded to remove all bumps and debris

2. Vacuuming of sub-floor to ensure there is no dust or debris remaining

3.Leveling of the clean sub-floor. Depending on the depth of the leveling compound required it may be necessary to use multiple types of concrete (foundational and self-leveling). The floor may also need to be leveled in stages to ensure each stage has adequate time to cure.

4.Once the floor is leveled multiple coats of skim-coat patch need to be applied as the floor needs to be perfectly smooth. The roughness of the floor after leveling will determine how many coats of skim will be required. Generally, a level floor will require 1-3 coats to ensure a glass-like smooth surface.

VCT Installation

Once Preparation has been carefully completed, the rooms are measured and lines are snapped to create a grid outline in which the tiles will be laid. Next, an industrial glue is spread on the prepared floor and fans are placed to ensure the glue dries to the appropriate point. The glue needs to be tacky before installation can proceed. The glue spreading and tile install process will be completed in stages so as to ensure the glue doesn’t dry completely before the tiles are installed.

LVP Installation

A click vinyl will require the same preparation as VCT, but it is installed in a similar fashion to laminate or engineered product, clicked together. However, due to the extra steps of preparation required, vinyl is generally more costly to install than a high-quality laminate product.

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4 months ago

We just had a simple staircase to carpet. Lacey was really helpful and made choosing a colour very easy for us. The installation was fast and done well. We are happy with the result Looks good and stairs are much quieter, which was a bonus we did not expect!

8 months ago

These guys are on their game. Outstanding professionalism, coordination and communication. I'd go back again and again, so nice to know I don't ever have to search for a flooring professional again.

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Kitchen and flooring
Lacey and Coriey did an excellent job! They had great communication and the trades they brought in were excellent! highly recommend them to any one.
Kitchen, paint and flooring
Coriey, Lacey and the Floor Envy team went over the top. They handled every little detail, came in on time, and kept me updated throughout the whole project. I can’t recommend them enough. We had our full kitchen re-done as well as painting and floor lamination. Thanks Coriey and Lacey:)

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