Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) Installation Methods
Among the many flooring alternatives available, SPC vinyl flooring has become a popular choice. This flooring offers several benefits over other varieties, including longevity, ease of maintenance, scratch resistance, waterproofness, and ease of installation. SPC vinyl flooring is available in a number of colors and styles, as well as different installation and joining methods.
Click lock flooring and loose lay vinyl plank, are some of the various types of SPC vinyl flooring available. This flooring is ideal for both home and business applications.
1. Self-adhesive SPC Plank Flooring
SPC planks with self-adhesive systems are also known as peel-and-stick vinyl flooring. You can quickly and easily install the floor by peeling off the release film on the back of each SPC sheet. The finest feature of this joining method is that these flooring varieties are generally covered with pressure-sensitive adhesive. It's very simple to remove the divider layer, and the planks are ready to be installed.
The SPC sheets for self-adhesive flooring are typically around 2 mm thick, compared to the 4 mm thickness of other planks for other installation techniques. This is a major drawback of this joining method.
2. Glue Down SPC Plank Flooring
Another frequent joining method for SPC plank flooring is glue down. When employing the glue down technique to install SPC flooring, the moisture level of the flooring is critical. You may want to test for concrete moisture or apply a moisture barrier depending on the sort of glue you're using.
The major purpose of this is to keep moisture levels low in order to avoid installation failure or damage to flooring panels, which might void your warranty. Before installing your flooring, make sure to verify with your flooring provider that you have the appropriate subfloor moisture content.
Aside from the moisture level of the flooring, the type of adhesive used for installation should also be considered. Make sure that you're using the proper SPC adhesive. Mixing adhesives is not a good idea! Always use glue and moisture barriers from the same manufacturer's line of products.
Begin your glue-down installation at one end and work your way to the other. If at all possible, avoid applying exterior force in the hopes of a rapid connection. Clamps or straps may be used by some installers to push boards closer together, although this might lead to over-strapping. This will have a negative impact on the floor structure and lead to a variety of flooring concerns, such as seam peaking, twisted planks, poor glue-bonding, and misalignment.
Getting the correct size of trowel while applying layers of adhesive during installation is another crucial aspect of maximizing glue-to-board transmission. If you don't already have this information, consult your adhesive manufacturer about trowel size, moisture barrier use, and adhesive set time, which varies depending on temperature.
If you have any questions during SPC flooring installation, you can always check with both the flooring provider and the adhesive manufacturer for the best outcomes.
3. Click-lock SPC Plank Flooring
The click-lock SPC installation is the easiest for first-timers who want to do their own SPC installation. Thus, the procedure is also known as the "floating technique." When using the click-lock technique, the SPC plank must have both long and short sides. As a result, both planks may be clicked together to produce a secure grip.
For it to fit in your region, you may need to measure and trim off any excess length. It's best to begin your first plank at one of the room's corners. When putting the side of the plank against the wall, make sure to provide at least 2 mm of expansion room. If you try to use a hammer or a pounding block, you risk damaging the click connection.
You can ensure effective locking by gently pressing down with your hand. Certain kinds of SPC flooring make DIY installation easier by having planks engineered to fit horizontally. When it comes to installation in tight and tricky spaces, this is really useful.
4. Loose-lay SPC Plank Flooring
Another unique method of placing and attaching your SPC plank flooring is the loose lay fitting technique. SPC loose lay vinyl planks are a one-of-a-kind product that holds itself in place without the use of nails, adhesive, or even tongue and groove systems. These thick vinyl rectangles are simply placed on the floor and remain in place once fitted. Loose-lay vinyl flooring is easy to install and stays in place over time thanks to friction.
The planks are thick vinyl rectangles with a rubber backing that lie flat on a level surface. Loose-lay SPC vinyl floors may be quickly put over existing flooring and are easy enough for almost anybody to perform. That is why there are so many people interested in this form of flooring, and it is also why loose-lay vinyl flooring is so popular. It's easy to comprehend, and there aren't many other goods on the market that are similar to this sort of flooring.
Both click-lock and loose-lay systems are clearly more eco-friendly, hassle-free, less harmful to health, and odorless because they don't use glue during installation. With this simple installation procedure, you won't have to worry about the volatile organic compound (VOC) that comes with the adhesive after installation.