Metroflor Corporation — Resilient Flooring 101

Metroflor Corporation - Resilient Flooring 101

VINYL TILE — LUXURY VINYL TILE AND PLANK

The patterns, embossing and composition of LVT differ significantly from that of the typical sheet vinyl product. The visuals themselves are composed of high-quality printed images of actual natural wood, stone, ceramic tile, and sometimes, even specialty images like meadow grass or riverbeds. The images are applied to the vinyl randomly to minimize the number of pattern repeats.

The beauty of the flooring may be further enhanced by incorporating sophisticated engraving technologies, such as In Register Embossing (IRE). This method of mechanical embossing gives LVT an even more natural appearance by allowing the texture to follow the lines of the visual around knots, whorls and heavy graining, just as it would in nature. In products such as those produced by Metroflor, the effect can be so authentic that some have difficulty identifying the vinyl product from real, natural wood. Other embossing styles and techniques are often incorporated to enhance the visual appeal of stone and ceramic tile patterns, again, giving them an authentic look and feel that often makes them nearly indistinguishable from their pricier, higher-maintenance cousins.

Metroflor’s durable wearlayer, composed of Polyurethane combined with a ceramic bead finish, is applied and bonded permanently to the printed and embossed material visual. The result is a surface that is far more wear-resistant than the finishes found on most natural wood products, and in many cases, even some grades of ceramic tile.

In the final step, the visual, now combined with the wear layer, is bonded to a solid vinyl carrier that provides “heft” and body, as well as dimensional stability, to the product. It is this layer that will come in contact with the subfloor, and will prevent flaws and patterns in the subfloor from “telegraphing” through to the top of the new floor. The potential for this versatile product is virtually unlimited, and new sizes, shapes, colors and patterns are constantly being developed as this category evolves.

LVT has separated into two very different classifications within the past decade or so, each having distinct advantages. Dryback LVT is installed using a full spread adhesive, and results in a permanent bond to the subfloor. On the other hand, floating floors, up until recently, consisted almost solely of Halstead/Metroflor grip-strip products. This division has grown to include vinyl flooring that employs the “click” installation system, a system that was used in the past predominantly for laminates.

When it comes to Dryback LVT, the type of adhesive the installer uses will be dictated to a great extent by the type and porosity of the underlayment. Pressure sensitive adhesive is a popular choice due to its ease of use, forming a bond that is instantaneous, yet repositionable. This type of adhesive also allows the installer to work from the installed sections of the floor without disturbing the position of the material.

More demanding installations with less-than-optimal conditions might require the use of a wet-set adhesive, or even a two-part epoxy. In the hands of an experienced, alert installer, these adhesives provide superior bond to the subfloor and greater moisture-resistance than pressure sensitive adhesive. However, they require precise application and are not able to withstand external pressure until they are completely set. Thus, the installer cannot work from the installed sections, nor can the consumer plan to walk on the newly installed floor immediately.

GRIP STRIP LVT

In the spring of 2006, Metroflor introduced a revolutionary product that combined the ease of a loose-lay sheet vinyl or laminate install with the stability, durability and natural-looking beauty of LVT. The new GRIPSTRIP LVT was—and is—unlike anything else on the market. Born of the concept of “floating” the material over the subfloor rather than gluing it down, the new technology resulted in very fast installation, with no waiting for adhesives to set, and no fumes.

It can even be installed directly over wood, tile, non-cushion-back sheet goods and natural stone. The GRIPSTRIP products require no underlayment, bridge small surface irregularities, dips and peaks with ease, are resistant to moisture, and can be walked on almost immediately after installation. Metroflor’s GRIPSTRIP LVT is more forgiving even than vinyl “click” products, and certainly more so than laminate, because the rigidity of these materials limits installations to floors that are relatively level, smooth and even. In addition, most laminates are not highly moisture-resistant due to the wood content in the backer board, and cannot be installed in humid environments where moisture may be a concern.

GRIP STRIP INSTALLATION

Even as forgiving as our newest generation of GRIPSTRIP products is, a few simple guidelines must be followed every time, to enjoy optimal results and a successful installation. These include:

1. Acclimation: The product must be allowed to acclimate in the room where it will be installed for 24 -48 hours, with the HVAC system turned on and kept on, at a correct temperature range between 55-85 degrees F.

2. Cleanliness: The installation site must be swept clean of dust, and must be kept that way, for the duration of the installation. Otherwise, the GRIPSTRIP tabs may become dirty and contaminated, resulting in the adhesive failing to stick.

Proper Rolling: Insure that each GRIPSTRIP is making good contact with its neighbor by rolling each seam with a hand-roller as you go along. Following installation, the entire floor should be rolled using a 100-lb roller.

VINYL TILE — LUXURY VINYL TILE AND PLANK

The patterns, embossing and composition of LVT differ significantly from that of the typical sheet vinyl product. The visuals themselves are composed of high-quality printed images of actual natural wood, stone, ceramic tile, and sometimes, even specialty images like meadow grass or riverbeds. The images are applied to the vinyl randomly to minimize the number of pattern repeats.

The beauty of the flooring may be further enhanced by incorporating sophisticated engraving technologies, such as In Register Embossing (IRE). This method of mechanical embossing gives LVT an even more natural appearance by allowing the texture to follow the lines of the visual around knots, whorls and heavy graining, just as it would in nature. In products such as those produced by Metroflor, the effect can be so authentic that some have difficulty identifying the vinyl product from real, natural wood. Other embossing styles and techniques are often incorporated to enhance the visual appeal of stone and ceramic tile patterns, again, giving them an authentic look and feel that often makes them nearly indistinguishable from their pricier, higher-maintenance cousins.

Metroflor’s durable wearlayer, composed of Polyurethane combined with a ceramic bead finish, is applied and bonded permanently to the printed and embossed material visual. The result is a surface that is far more wear-resistant than the finishes found on most natural wood products, and in many cases, even some grades of ceramic tile.

In the final step, the visual, now combined with the wear layer, is bonded to a solid vinyl carrier that provides “heft” and body, as well as dimensional stability, to the product. It is this layer that will come in contact with the subfloor, and will prevent flaws and patterns in the subfloor from “telegraphing” through to the top of the new floor. The potential for this versatile product is virtually unlimited, and new sizes, shapes, colors and patterns are constantly being developed as this category evolves.

LVT has separated into two very different classifications within the past decade or so, each having distinct advantages. Dryback LVT is installed using a full spread adhesive, and results in a permanent bond to the subfloor. On the other hand, floating floors, up until recently, consisted almost solely of Halstead/Metroflor grip-strip products. This division has grown to include vinyl flooring that employs the “click” installation system, a system that was used in the past predominantly for laminates.

When it comes to Dryback LVT, the type of adhesive the installer uses will be dictated to a great extent by the type and porosity of the underlayment. Pressure sensitive adhesive is a popular choice due to its ease of use, forming a bond that is instantaneous, yet repositionable. This type of adhesive also allows the installer to work from the installed sections of the floor without disturbing the position of the material.

More demanding installations with less-than-optimal conditions might require the use of a wet-set adhesive, or even a two-part epoxy. In the hands of an experienced, alert installer, these adhesives provide superior bond to the subfloor and greater moisture-resistance than pressure sensitive adhesive. However, they require precise application and are not able to withstand external pressure until they are completely set. Thus, the installer cannot work from the installed sections, nor can the consumer plan to walk on the newly installed floor immediately.

GRIP STRIP LVT

In the spring of 2006, Metroflor introduced a revolutionary product that combined the ease of a loose-lay sheet vinyl or laminate install with the stability, durability and natural-looking beauty of LVT. The new GRIPSTRIP LVT was—and is—unlike anything else on the market. Born of the concept of “floating” the material over the subfloor rather than gluing it down, the new technology resulted in very fast installation, with no waiting for adhesives to set, and no fumes.

It can even be installed directly over wood, tile, non-cushion-back sheet goods and natural stone. The GRIPSTRIP products require no underlayment, bridge small surface irregularities, dips and peaks with ease, are resistant to moisture, and can be walked on almost immediately after installation. Metroflor’s GRIPSTRIP LVT is more forgiving even than vinyl “click” products, and certainly more so than laminate, because the rigidity of these materials limits installations to floors that are relatively level, smooth and even. In addition, most laminates are not highly moisture-resistant due to the wood content in the backer board, and cannot be installed in humid environments where moisture may be a concern.

GRIP STRIP INSTALLATION

Even as forgiving as our newest generation of GRIPSTRIP products is, a few simple guidelines must be followed every time, to enjoy optimal results and a successful installation. These include:

1. Acclimation: The product must be allowed to acclimate in the room where it will be installed for 24 -48 hours, with the HVAC system turned on and kept on, at a correct temperature range between 55-85 degrees F.

2. Cleanliness: The installation site must be swept clean of dust, and must be kept that way, for the duration of the installation. Otherwise, the GRIPSTRIP tabs may become dirty and contaminated, resulting in the adhesive failing to stick.

Proper Rolling: Insure that each GRIPSTRIP is making good contact with its neighbor by rolling each seam with a hand-roller as you go along. Following installation, the entire floor should be rolled using a 100-lb roller.


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