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Old 08-05-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Experience with Vinyl Plank flooring? Temp concerns

So the wife brought home a sample of vinyl plank flooring from Home Depot (LifeProof Rigid click-lock vinyl plank) this last weekend, and we were instantly sold. Seemed to provide everything we were looking for in a floor... flexible, durable, waterproof, and at least somewhat sound-deadening.

Unfortunately, I just learned today that it's designed to be installed in temperature-controlled environments ranging from 50-100F. As the temp inside our bus yesterday maxed out at 125 (and that was not the hottest day we'll have), this presents problems.

Has anyone used this product or others like it in high-temp environments?
What do you think will happen if (I mean when) the temp rating was exceeded?
What would be the best alternatives that could take the heat?
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125, ouch. I was going to use some of the adhesive-edged plank, but good point. Maybe sheet material is the way.
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It expands and contracts with the temp. If excessive it will start to buckle or pull apart at the seams.
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Potentially good news as I continue to research options. I found a flooring installation business that recommended COREtec brand vinyl plank flooring for non-temperature controlled spaces (though they state - quite correctly - that such an installation may void the warranty).

So I hit up the COREtec website, and found their manufacturer warranty. In it, they state that in order to remain under warranty, any floor subjected to temps ABOVE 140 or BELOW freezing, must be installed using adhesive (aka not floating). This would seem to imply that within those rather generous temp extremes, their product should remain stable, floating or not. They do, however, also require the space to be 'temperature controlled', though they do not define what, exactly, that means. I'd consider any space that could range from freezing to 140 to not be temp controlled, so I'm not sure how those two requirements jive together. I'm guessing a large temp change over a short amount of time could have unwelcome consequences, so maybe that's what they mean (just keep your home at 139 and you'll be fine lol).

I also found other references to other flooring brands that echoed the same sentiment... if you're going to install in an area that could see a wide range of temps, don't float the floor. Use a quality adhesive.

So - tentatively - it looks like all vinyl plank flooring is not created equal in regards to the ability to handle temp extremes (COREtec is but one brand that looks like it will work. I'm going to look for others with similar qualities), but all probably benefit from glue-down installation to best resist unintended consequences.

A few links from where I drew the above info:

https://coretecfloors.com/COREtec/me...s.pdf?ext=.pdf

https://www.flooring-professionals.c...lank-flooring/

Last one has most useful info in Q&A section below:

https://www.bestlaminate.com/blog/pr...lank-flooring/
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you should use old fashioned carpet and linoleum flooring in the roll if you temps are that high. My led strip lights on vinyl tape expand and contract up to 6".
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you should use old fashioned carpet and linoleum flooring in the roll if you temps are that high. My led strip lights on vinyl tape expand and contract up to 6".
Carpet is straight out. That's everything we don't want in a floor.
Linoleum would work, but it's far from our ideal.
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I have vinyl flooring that is floating, and when the weather is extreme there are some problems. When itís very cold caps can appear and when itís very hot it will very slightly buckle.

After reading this thread I am considering taking it up and putting it back down with adhesive. The way it is itís not catastrophic but it would be nice if those concerns went away.
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I have vinyl flooring that is floating, and when the weather is extreme there are some problems. When it’s very cold caps can appear and when it’s very hot it will very slightly buckle.

After reading this thread I am considering taking it up and putting it back down with adhesive. The way it is it’s not catastrophic but it would be nice if those concerns went away.

Good. Hurry up and do it so we can learn from your experience before we have to commit!

Seriously though - how do you like it otherwise?
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Haha!

Pretty good otherwise. Wears well. Not as well as tile but it has stood up to our big dogs pretty well.

Looks good. Does kind of get a polished look in high traffic areas.

I donít think anything else that is as thin as it is would look close to as good.
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We are just installing that product in our house.

I was interested in outdoor application and found this ...

This youtube tests expansion in extreme temps.



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