Category Archives: Resilient Floors

Installing Sheet Vinyl Over Existing Sheet Vinyl

Many people believe it is not possible to install sheet vinyl over an existing sheet vinyl floor. The truth is, under certain circumstances it is a very stable installation. In this article I hope to remove any doubt you may have about when it is appropriate as well as how it can be done.

Vinyl floors in sheet form can be installed on many substrates. one with many shades of gray is existing vinyl flooring. the type of existing floor needs to be considered as well as how well it is bonded, its current condition and the level of embossing or texture there is to the current floor.

If the current flooring is not well adhered to the existing substrate it usually is best to remove it first. If it is well secured you can look at the next thing to consider. It should also be noted that one should be aware of the approximate age the existing floor was installed. If it was prior to 1980 I would suggest you have it first tested for asbestos before removing it. A trained flooring professional will also be able to help you identify through some non technical methods if the floor may contain asbestos. If you find it does, professional abatement should be contracted.

So if the floor seems to be down well you can now look at the current condition of the existing sheet vinyl flooring. If it is in minor disrepair, simply asses if the areas can be patched first to make the floor smooth & level. If this appears possible you should be ok to now look at the texture/embossing. If the floor is heavily embossed it is usually advised to “skimcoat” the whole floor first to remove any texture and ensure a completely flat and smooth finish to which you can apply your new floor.

It should also be noted there are special products designed for embossing leveling tasks and the method used will vary based on the existing product. I would again encourage you to work closely with your local independent flooring professional to help you determine the best course of action. The trained eye of a true flooring pro will make the entire process seem quite simple.

Take a look at a little demo video I found on installing sheet vinyl over an existing sheet vinyl that is on concrete.

The Evolution of Click Vinyl Plank Floors

As I sat here thinking on this topic I was reminded of one of my long list of songs I have always loved. “If I could turn back time” makes a statement into wanting to either change the past or to revisit it in your mind. In this case for me it is the latter. I went back to a time when there was no such thing as a click vinyl plank flooring product. But we first saw a click together product called laminate flooring which it now mimics.

Back then it was a completely new concept that took the market (in the U.S.) by storm. the new buzz word in floor coverings was “pergo” flooring. Pergo was actually a brand not a type of floor, but the market adapted it as the new product category until the industry finally educated the consumer on this new product category called laminate.

One of the biggest issues that came to light with these floors was their inability to handle normal levels of moisture that came along with typical household use. The industry tried several different solutions to this but for years never quite got it right. The floating installation of these floors was a popular selling point that eventually evolved into a “click” together system which addressed a big issue with the moisture from the joint glue causing joints to “swell”.

In typical fashion, the american consumer demanded a better & better performance by these products at lower prices. The manufacturers answered with constantly improving this hot product line.

Recently, when laminate manufacturing capacity hit humongous proportions followed by a worldwide economic downturn we found these manufacturers scrambling to keep their machinery running. They managed to find a way to use their laminate production equipment to put the same “click together” locking system on luxury vinyl tile with a few simple adaptations. Take a look at this video of some click LVT options from IVC.

Like any other product (especially a newer product category) their have been some growing pains and this category continues to evolve through 2013. I as always recommend you be sure to deal directly with an independent well trained sales professional and dealer that can help you sort through your options with the most complete and up to date information.