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Old 12-03-2019, 06:05 PM   #1
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I've had about 4 call backs in the last 3 years and 3 of them are the same job. Laid click together LVT over underlayment over plywood subfloor. It separates about once per year. It's the main living room in a consistently conditioned space.

A previous remodel of the home had some suspect framing and there may be some movement in the floor structure, which I did not modify. It could also be that we didn't get the joints tight enough when installing. I can't say I've done much LVT.

The last 2 times we've used a rubber mallet, swung at a 45 degree angle, and managed to hammer things back together. It's fairly labor intensive, and clearly not a permanent solution, as it has separated again.

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This stuff is easy to miss a clicked in securely connection. But at the end of the day, if it isnt securely clicked yet just "looks good" your going to continually have the problem. Contrary to what some may say, LVP/LVT has almost 0 movement when it comes to expansion/contraction. So that is not the issue guaranteed. It could be as easy as a small piece of the tongue is broken off, or maybe a tiny piece of underlayment caught between planks. Either way, if u need to get away from this issue, you probably going to need to take up the floor in a way that lets reinstall it. If its "lifeproof" brand though.... forget it, you wont be able to get it back down.
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I've had about 4 call backs in the last 3 years and 3 of them are the same job. Laid click together LVT over underlayment over plywood subfloor. It separates about once per year. It's the main living room in a consistently conditioned space.

A previous remodel of the home had some suspect framing and there may be some movement in the floor structure, which I did not modify. It could also be that we didn't get the joints tight enough when installing. I can't say I've done much LVT.

The last 2 times we've used a rubber mallet, swung at a 45 degree angle, and managed to hammer things back together. It's fairly labor intensive, and clearly not a permanent solution, as it has separated again.

Any better ideas?
I installed premium luxury vinyl click lock for the first time this fall. Seems too fragile to me.

I read up on it. They recommend a certain kind of crazy glue (not the right name). This whether you are cutting out/replacing a bad area, or doing a seam separation.
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I’d try super glue in the crack, knock it back together then wipe up the squeeze out quickly before it dries.
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I'm pretty sure it's opened in different spots each time.
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Good advice!
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I laid one lvt floor. It gapped like crazy. I think that's the last one I'll lay.
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I laid one lvt floor. It gapped like crazy. I think that's the last one I'll lay.
I'm done with that stuff. 2 out of 4 I've done have had issues, but #4 is about 2 days old. Probably not a problem in a small 5x8 bath.
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Iíve limited it to small rooms; baths, laundry, entryís. Everybody wants the stuff though. I installed it in a 800+ square foot basement, customer supplied. Donít know how itís held up, Iíd ask but Iím afraid I might not want to know.
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Yeah if it's the floating kind it needs to be in a room where it can really float and move. Small room, no furniture, etc.
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We install a lot of lvt. Most manufacturers also say to run a bead of caulk in the expansion joint at the perimeter of the floor. This will help keep your joints closed. Using proper install tools makes a huge difference. Had a sub once who didn’t have right tools and his joints were loose and chipped. He had to pull the flooring. Thankfully I had swung back by the job before he got past the first room
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We’ve had the same issue. The “life proof” stuff that feels like a light gauge plastic we won’t warranty. We let customers know ahead of time that the locking system damages easy and is prone to separation.
We love installing coretech though. The cork back brands seem to be pretty tough and we’ve had no issues.

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