What to Look Out for with Vinyl Flooring
Flooring is an important topic when it comes to construction that we’ve covered before, as multiple components go into making sure a floor is safe and functioning properly. Since floors can be made of various types of materials, potential issues can vary from project to project. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has performance guidelines that can be followed along to assist homeowners and contractors alike to ensure whatever flooring they have is installed correctly.
Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for homes due to it being cost-effective and resilient, typically used in areas where moisture is expected. While they provide good durability, they aren’t free from issues. Nail pops may be observed on the surface of vinyl flooring, and any visible nail pops are deemed excessive per performance guidelines and must be removed. Depressions/ridges may also be noticed in flooring due to subfloor irregularities. Performance guidelines state that apparent depressions and ridges exceeding ⅛ inch are excessive. Another issue that can pop up is the vinyl flooring losing adhesion. Floor coverings shouldn’t detach to the underlayment, and if adhesion is lost, repair is necessary to ensure the floor covering is securely attached.
With vinyl flooring, seams or shrinkage gaps may show at flooring joints.These gaps shouldn’t exceed 1/32 inch in width. When excessive, these gaps require repair which can be achieved by sealing the gap with seam sealer. Sometimes, bubbles can be observed in vinyl flooring. If the bubbles are caused by trapped air and protrude higher than 1/16 inch from the floor, they are considered excessive and need to be repaired. Another observation that can be noticed just on the flooring surface is if the patterns on vinyl flooring are misaligned. Floor patterns should be aligned to within ⅛ inch.
Sometimes, a vinyl floor tile may come loose. Vinyl flooring falls under the resilient floor tile category, and performance guidelines state that these floor tiles need to be secured to the substrate. Repair is necessary if the tile is loose and a repair method may be applying new adhesive. Yellowing may also be noticed on vinyl floor covering. This can be caused by improper installation so manufacturer’s guidelines should be followed to avoid this. Otherwise, the vinyl flooring may need to be replaced.
Vinyl is a good possible choice out of many for flooring, but it’s crucial to be aware of what can go wrong during and after its installation to avoid repair costs. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor experienced with the guidelines necessary to ensure your construction project meets industry standards. Not only that, but we are determined to go beyond so your project is more than satisfactory.
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