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Karndean Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring - Muskoka, Ontario

Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring

So Karndean has been making some new designs to “an innovative format of luxury vinyl flooring” that requires no adhesive. What’s so innovative about that? After all most of the luxury vinyl plank or tile currently in the market uses the Click Lock system than doesn’t have to be glued down. But  Karndean and other company’s (XL Floorings Drop & Done and Flexi Plank) are offering is an entirely different kind of vinyl flooring one that is so incredibly simple to install that it’s hard to believe it’s true!

But it is true! Looselay – or Drop & Done do not use glue or staples or any kind of Click Lock system. Instead the backing of each tile is made with materials that use friction to effectively grip the subfloor beneath. Loose lay vinyl tiles are completely dimensionally stable because of a fiberglass Core which means that they will not expand or contract depending on moisture levels or heat so when you install them there is no expansion gap between the tiles and the wall. When installed tight it just has nowhere to go and finally, Loose lay vinyl is also super thick and heavy which adds to its ability to stay put.

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Karndean Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring - Muskoka, Ontario

When installing these products. You will need to follow the advice from each manufacturer about correctly preparing the subfloor.

Large spaces will likely require the addition of a grid of adhesive tape applied to the subfloor first to ensure that the tiles stay put. Again, follow the advice from the manufacturer to get it right. Either way, the brilliant simplicity of this product means that most proficient DIYers will be able to confidently install a stylish looking floor!

Even with an adhesive grid the other major advantage of Looselay vinyl is that it is just as easy to get it off the floor as it is to lay it down. If you move and would like to take your floor with you, you actually can!

Most flooring represent a fairly large investment, what this really means is that you can easily replace any tiles in the unlikely event of serious damage (make sure to keep a few tiles, just in case).

The ability to remove Looselay is also useful in office or  home environments where you might have power sockets embedded into the subfloor that you don’t necessarily want to always have visible: tiles placed over such power sockets can easily be removed when you need access.

Other benefits include the fact that modern vinyl techniques mean that most Looselay tiles are pretty durable with manufacturers offering up to 15 years commercial warranty, and they are also extremely low maintenance. New technology also means that the design of Looselay tiles is usually just as detailed, textured and authentic-looking as other vinyl such as LVT. Vinyl is both more waterproof and tends to be better at absorbing sound than real flooring products, so it is a great option for pretty much any room in your home. Plus it is warmer underfoot than real stone and softer than real hardwood, and Drop & Done and Flexi Plank tiles can be used with underfloor heating.