Frequently Asked Questions
Vinyl Products FAQ
Q: What kind of carpet pad can I use that will not harm my new floor?
A: There is not a specific recommendation that we have. However, if you are using any pad make sure it is 100% virgin material, non-petroleum mix. Some recycled material has content that is old dyed foam that can discolor wood or vinyl if it sits on top for extended periods of time.
Q: Can I put vinyl flooring outdoors?
A: It is not recommended to use vinyl flooring for outdoor use. The UV rays from the sun and the constant changes with the weather will damage the floor over time. Using vinyl flooring for outdoor use also voids the manufacturer’s warranty.
Q: Will pet’s nails scratch vinyl flooring?
A: Vinyl flooring does have a protective wear layer that will help prevent the flooring from scratches, however no floor is 100% scratch proof. We recommend keeping pet’s nails trimmed on a regular basis to help lessen the number of scratches that will occur and to purchase the thickest wear layer available.
Q: Can I put vinyl flooring in my basement?
A: Waterproof vinyl flooring can be installed on any level of the home, including basements. If your subfloor is concrete, it is recommended to use a vapor barrier underneath your vinyl floor.
Q: Can heavy appliances be placed directly on vinyl flooring?
A: Heavy appliances and heavy furniture can be placed on vinyl flooring; however, it is recommended that you
place pads or protectors underneath them to prevent scratching on the flooring.
For heavy appliances, use a non-staining large surface floor protector. It is also recommended that you glue down the vinyl flooring in areas of larger appliances and heavy cabinets.
For heavy furniture, felt furniture pads are the best products to be placed under the legs as rubber can stain the vinyl flooring.
Q: Do I need a protector on vinyl flooring for a rolling desk chair?
A: Yes, the wheels are on rolling desk chair can cause scratching over time. It is recommended that you purchase a flooring protector to place on your vinyl floor if you are using a rolling desk chair.
Q: Will vinyl flooring expand?
A: Unless it is under extreme conditions, vinyl flooring will not expand or contract. If you are worried about extreme conditions where you live, you can leave a small expansion gap around the perimeter of your room.
Q: What is IXPE pad?
A: IXPE (Irradiated Cross-Linked PolyEthelene) is the latest advancement in foam technology that is 100% waterproof and is resistant to mildew, mold, rot and bacteria. This closed-cell foam offers protection against moisture and is shock absorption which is beneficial to sound control.
Q: What is the difference between WPC, LVF, and SPC?
A: WPC (Wood-Plastic Composite Vinyl Flooring / Waterproof Core Vinyl Flooring) is 100% waterproof and is
known in the industry as the top in luxury vinyl flooring. It can also be called engineered vinyl flooring.
SPC (Stone-Plastic Composite / Stone-Polymer Composite) is also known as Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl flooring and is also waterproof. The stone plastic core is ultra-dense.
LVF (Luxury Vinyl Flooring) this is the overall term for vinyl flooring. WPC & SPC fall under this category however, in the industry LVF is luxury vinyl flooring that is not waterproof and does not have a rigid core that is usually installed with a glue down or interlocking installation mechanism.
Q: What is LVP and LVT?
A: LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks) this is the shape of the vinyl floor; it often features a wood look image.
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) this is the shape of the vinyl floor. Usually LVT will feature a stone look and will have the look of stone flooring.
Q: Are vinyl flooring and linoleum the same?
A: Vinyl flooring and linoleum are not the same. Linoleum is made of natural materials, anti-static
properties, and anti-microbial. It requires professional installation and needs to be sealed every year.
LVF has three forms: sheet, plank and tile. Each has multiple layers of construction and can is DIY friendly.
Q: What is SPC made of?
A: SPC flooring is made of several different layers:
Wear Layer – this is the top coating of the flooring. It is transparent and helps the top layer of the floor be scratch and stain resistant.
Vinyl Top Coat – This layer is very thin and is on every SPC floor. It’s waterproof and is the pattern, texture and look of the floor.
SPC Core – The core is made of limestone powder and stabilizers to create a waterproof core and a core that is dimensionally stable.
Attached Underlayment – Most SPC vinyl floors come with an attached underlayment pad that helps ease the installation process and helps with sound reduction.
Benefits of SPC Vinyl Flooring
Waterproof: SPC flooring is 100% waterproof and can be installed in any room of your home or office space.
Stability in Temperature Fluctuations: SPC flooring is more stable in environments with fluctuations in temperature changes. This means that the flooring will work well in cabins, homes with AC units and in homes with fluctuation in humidity.
Appearance: SPC flooring offers a large variety of looks, textures and styles.
DIY Installation: SPC flooring is easy to install yourself with a click-lock installation system. There is no need for glue, staple or nails when installing this flooring.
Comfort: Due to the thickness of the plank and the attached underlayment, SPC flooring is going to feel more comfortable than a traditional vinyl floor.
Sound: SPC has a dense core, because of that you will have a quieter sound when walking on the floor.
Affordability: SPC flooring is budget friendly. You will find a variety of pricing depending on the brand your purchase and the additional features that the flooring comes with.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning: Maintenance is easy with SPC, the planks can be cleaned with regular sweeping and mopping with a vinyl approved floor cleaner.