Flooring is a significant investment in your home, and it's not something we buy often. So, you’ll want something long-lasting.
One of the best ways to ensure a long lifespan is to install it correctly. Even the easiest products, like luxury vinyl flooring, will require some TLC when installing; that means acclimation, the pre-installation process.
Vinyl can expand
Vinyl has tiny holes that circulate air. You can't see them, but they can expand when the air is humid. Alternatively, when it's dry, it can shrink.
Acclimation allows the vinyl's moisture levels to be aligned with that of your home. For example, it might be stored in a facility with a very different temperature than your house.
How do I acclimate?
This is a straightforward process. First, ensure the vinyl is delivered to your home several days before installation.
Lay the vinyl plank flooring or tile pieces side-by-side in the room where it's to be installed. The timing is two or three days; each manufacturer is different, so check your warranty.
The room should be climate controlled with no excessive air conditioning or heat. Seek the advice of your flooring professional if you have any questions.
What happens if I don’t do it?
The material will buckle and gap. If you install it via the floating floor technique, it will wreak havoc on the clicking mechanism.
In a floating floor, the pieces aren't affixed to the subfloor; they click, mat and hover. Waterproof vinyl flooring is installed as a floating floor; even the slightest movement can throw it off balance.
Visit us for your luxury vinyl flooring and more
At family-owned Easton Flooring, we believe the installation is as essential as a great product. So, we'll give you an excellent luxury vinyl flooring installation– and then help you keep it that way!
Visit us in Willow Grove, PA. You’ll see brands like Karastan and more. We work with homeowners and businesses in Willow Grove, Roslyn, Horsham, Glenside, and Abington, PA.