Loose lay vinyl plank flooring is more popular than ever, thanks to technology that makes it look beautiful and helps it to last for many years. However, like most flooring material, there are some factors and influences that can cause problems. Flooring inspectors may be called in to check out loose lay vinyl floors that are buckling.
What is Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring?
Loose lay vinyl plank flooring is a relatively new material that doesn’t glue down to the subfloor, nor does it rely on the click lock system of resilient flooring. Instead, it is a system of vinyl tiles or sheets of vinyl with a backing that grips the subfloor using friction. The vinyl is durable and easy to clean. In the event of damage to vinyl tile floors, it’s easy to replace a tile or two instead of replacing an entire floor of other material. It’s also waterproof and absorbs sound better than many other flooring materials.
Vinyl tiles and sheets are not subject to expansion or shrinkage, so once the tiles are in place, there are no gaps. In larger areas, many installers find that strips of adhesive tape set in a grid help secure the loose lay vinyl sheet or tile. Both options are excellent to install over underfloor heated areas.
Potential Problems With Loose Lay Flooring
Loose lay vinyl flooring is affordable, durable and beautiful, but like any flooring, there are certain issues that can cause problems like buckling. The most common causes of bucking in loose lay flooring are:
- Moisture from the under flooring
- Heavy objects dragged or set on the floor
- Faulty adhesive issues
- Manufacturing defects within the vinyl
While most vinyl is subject to buckling, loose lay vinyl is particularly susceptible because there is less adhesive to keep it in place when the above factors are present. It takes a careful installer to ensure the causes are not present when installing, and customers must be educated as to how to take care of it.
Loose lay vinyl sheets, planks and tiles are ideal for commercial areas or residential rooms. It gives an affordable and durable option for those that want the look of wood or stone but don’t want to deal with the downside of installing either. Long-lasting, easy to clean, and precisely engineered, loose vinyl sheets will last a long time as long as installers and customers pay attention to the factors that cause buckling.