LVP & LVT Floor - Common Findings

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OxiFreshGuy

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So the shit is starting to hit the fan with all these wild claims about LVT and LVP floors. I'm getting almost a call a day now about someone being upset their 1 year old supposedly never will scratch, never needs maintenance floor is showing signs of damage in the finish.

Anybody have some experience with re-finishing LVT and LVP Floors? If so, what process do you follow and what sort of finish are you using?
 

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theyre abusive or bought cheap garbage. the stuff i've installed is amazing.

its not a zero maintenance but a very low maintenance floor
 

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theyre abusive or bought cheap garbage. the stuff i've installed is amazing.

its not a zero maintenance but a very low maintenance floor
Mike, In your opinion, what is the best? I am thinking about putting LVP in my home.
 

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OxiFreshGuy

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I appreciate the comments, but for someone who bought a cheap flooring and wants it fixed, what would you do?

Clean it and re-finish with a urethane polish? Acrylic polish?

Is it even fixable or just replace?

This is starting to become a very common occurrence in our market.
 

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I appreciate the comments, but for someone who bought a cheap flooring and wants it fixed, what would you do?

Clean it and re-finish with a urethane polish? Acrylic polish?

Is it even fixable or just replace?

This is starting to become a very common occurrence in our market.
@crash1big

this expert would know.

but it being a plastic composite not sure that it can be stained.

engineered wood floors allow for a potential sand and refinish.

besides if they put in cheap products they're not going to be willing to properly re finish any type of floor
 

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I'm finding the same thing in my commercial janitorial accounts. It is superior in many ways to the previous options, but it isn't all its marketed to be. I have a couple jobs that put in very pricey "commercial grade" lvt and in less than a year rolling office chairs had worn all the color off and it looks terrible.
 

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I'm finding the same thing in my commercial janitorial accounts. It is superior in many ways to the previous options, but it isn't all its marketed to be. I have a couple jobs that put in very pricey "commercial grade" lvt and in less than a year rolling office chairs had worn all the color off and it looks terrible.
rolling office chairs will eat a hole in anything man. ive got a restaurant where it cut a circle into the concrete
 

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Two things I suggest for all the variants of solid core flooring (LVP, LVT, etc,)

  1. Clean with distilled water and a neutral cleaner. This will help remove residues form improper cleaners that have been used and hard water deposits.
  2. Finish with Hydro-Force Preservation Wood finish. This is a blend of acrylic and urethane. Works well on these floors.
 

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Most LVP/LVT flooring have a 10 year commercial warranty and go up to about 25 years residential. The better ones are now incorporating a melamine finish. The ones w/o melamine will hold a finish(like Scott said) if they are damaged or scuffed. I would inform the custy that it will require ongoing maintenance to keep the appearance up.
Most stores (especially box stores) are "over selling" these floors and they are selling lots of recycled vinyl. Which makes a big difference in the overall performance. Virgin vinyl is the key to longevity but costs more. We only sell virgin vinyl from mainstream suppliers like Mohawk, Armstrong, Mannington, etc. You can test for melamine with a strong solvent like acetone or MEK. If the finish comes off; it isn't melamine.
 

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I installed about 1200sq ft in my house about 3yrs ago. It was approx 1.90/sqft.

The only way you can scratch it is if you slide very heavy furniture like a refrigerator with metal feet.
I have 3 dogs, 1 is 120lbs they dont scratch it at all. Its waterproof, Ive spilled gallons on it.

I dropped the hammer on it a bunch of times while I was installing doesnt touch it

hate to say it but its a no brainer compared to carpet, way less maintenance.