You may have heard the term loose lay vinyl flooring and this is a popular flooring type that is used today. There is some confusion over the material and installation method. Loose lay vinyl flooring is more of an installation method than a material. It is a synthetic floor that can be installed without using glue, a click lock system or staples. There is a top layer that will carry the design of the plank and help with daily wear.
You can find loose lay vinyl flooring in plank form or tiles. There are also vinyl sheet floors that are installed as a large roll and are more affordable. But the finish of this sheet is not as good as the planks or tiles. You will get a better quality finish with the latter. You will also have more finishes with planks and tiles like mocha oak, natural grey, spotted gum, American oak and Tasmanian oak flooring. Loose lay vinyl flooring is great for commercial purposes as well. Generally, when renting out a space for commercial purposes, it is best to choose a flooring type that doesn’t damage the subfloor and can be removed and reused at a different location. This will save you money as well. You can install the loose lay flooring over existing floor finishes that will make the installation process a lot easier. If you have a raised access floor, loose lay vinyl tiles are a great option for this because of the ease of removal and assembly.
When compared to traditional luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), loose lay floors have a higher sound rating. Loose lay LVT is a thicker product and the back of the tile is textured. It is also generally laid with a rubber backing that further adds to the sound reduction. You can use this in meeting rooms as well to give a luxurious effect and it will contribute to sound dampening of the room as well. If you have thicker floor products, because of the 5mm thickness that loose lay LVT has, it can butt up to these products directly. You don’t have to use a different product to transition between the two materials. You need to be very careful about the floor that you are installing the loose lay LVT on top of. The success of the flooring will depend on this factor. Sometimes, there is some adhesive that is used in the installation process despite the loose lay name. But you will only have to use a negligible amount. And this makes it easier to remove the tiles as well.
You need to have a flat floor for the loose lay LVT to be fixed properly. You need to make sure that the floor is levelled correctly and that the subfloor is solid so that it can support the loose lay flooring. Softer substrates like carpet, rubber will not be able to provide sufficient support. You can use loose lay flooring in any areas where you use traditional vinyl. The protective top coat of loose lay flooring is scratch resistant but it is best to use furniture protectors so that you can maintain a high quality finish. It does well in houses with pets as well and the soundproofing it provides will dampen the sound of pet’s nails on the floor.