Vinyl flooring is among the most popular material for the workplace or the home, primarily because it is easy to clean, durable and inexpensive. However, there are some things that can affect how the vinyl flooring performs, and one of these has to do with the adhesive that is used during installation.
How Is Adhesive Used With Vinyl
When flooring contractors put down vinyl flooring, the material is held down to the subfloor via special adhesive. It is designed to hold the vinyl firmly in place and keep it attached to the subfloor, no matter what type of environment it is exposed to.
Flooring installers lay out the vinyl material, then fold back half of the floor. They spread a special glue specifically recommended by the manufacturer to the subfloor. They carefully lay the floor back down and use special tools to press it firmly. They repeat with the other side of the flooring until the whole thing is in place. As the sticky substance sets, the vinyl flooring becomes extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear.
Vinyl flooring is only as good as the adhesive used to secure it, so if there are problems with the adhesive then the integrity and resiliency of the flooring is compromised. This special glue can lose its grip due to excessive moisture, improper curing, improper installation and contamination before application. If any of these conditions are present when the vinyl is being laid, it can fail and therefore cause the vinyl flooring to have problems.
Flooring installers must do what they can to ensure that the glue for vinyl floors is as clean and pure as possible, and the subflooring has been properly prepared to receive the adhesive. When they do, they will make sure that their customers are happy with the installation job and get beautiful flooring without curling or separation for years to come.