Will luxury vinyl flooring expand?

Will luxury vinyl flooring expand?

Yes, it will. And it will also shrink.

That is because it has microscopic holes that circulate air. So when the air is humid, it will expand; alternatively, it will shrink when the air is dry.

Easy enough to prevent

All you have to do is acclimate the luxury vinyl tile or vinyl plank pieces. Acclimation will enable the flooring to get used to its new environment. For example, the product could be stored at a very different temperature than your home.

Have the product delivered several days before installation. Then, lay the pieces side-by-side in the room where they will be installed.

Acclimation is done for 48-72 hours. The room should be climate controlled, without excessive air conditioning or heat.

What happens if you don’t acclimate?

If installed correctly, this vinyl will last over 20 years. However, without acclimation, the floor will buckle or gap.

Luxury vinyl plank or tile is commonly installed as a floating floor. Unfortunately, the most minute movement will throw the floor off balance and wreak havoc with the clicking mechanism.

You might also void your warranty. Most manufacturers now reacquire acclimation. If not done, all protections are lost.

Advantages of luxury vinyl

1.Style: This has amazingly true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile.

The floors have depth, dimension, and textured looks. Even the flooring experts sometime can't tell the difference!

2.Durability: It has a top transparent wear sheet to protect the floor from scratches, scuffs, and dents.
3.LVP and LVT are 100% waterproof. This can be submerged or spilled on without damage.
4.Easy maintenance: All it takes is regular sweeping and periodic mopping to keep it looking great.

Fort Worth’s most trusted flooring source

When you walk into OaKline Floors, you'll see luxury vinyl flooring from brands like COREtec, Mohawk, Mannington, and more. We'll help you find exactly the right design for your home.

We have over 40 years of experience. Our showroom is in Fort Worth, TX, so visit us today. We work with homeowners, builders, and designers in Hurst, Benbrook, North Richland Hills, Arlington, Plano, Aledo, Weatherford, and Possum Kingdom.