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Old 01-12-2019, 07:59 PM   #1
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LVP Installation Temperature


Specifically, the "Lifeproof" line sold by HD.

I have a couple of thousand feet to install in a new house, and the makeshift heating we have for now only keeps the area at about 48°.

Literature says it can be installed at anywhere from 50-100°, with expansion breaks at 100'. My longest run will be about 35'.

Anyone have real-world experience with just how much expansion I should allow for when the heat gets cranked up?
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:12 PM   #2
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Re: LVP Installation Temperature


35' expansion shouldn't be an issue.

the warmer temps just help to make it more pliable and easy to work with.

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Old 01-12-2019, 10:26 PM   #3
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I agree, it shouldn't be, but I'm paranoid.

First time we built the house, I was out of the loop for the flooring. "Pro" installers put down sheet vinyl, and it was a disaster. Bubbles, wrinkles and whatnot. Despite that, they came back to us for the rebuild after the place burned down. I'm more intense than normal (which is pretty intense) about leaving them with no issues this time around.
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sheet vinyl is a completely different animal.

my only concern with your interior temp would be that the material may seem a little stiff, still doable.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:50 PM   #5
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the warmer temps just help to make it more pliable and easy to work with.
Last time I put this stuff down, it was 75-80°. Today at 48°, I honestly noticed no difference.

Well, except I was wearing a couple more layers of clothing.
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Ya. I don't care what the box says. I wouldn't install it until the house was up to normal temps. At least 65º.

No good can come from installing it at 48º
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Supposedly you can install LVP over radiant heat so it can’t be too sensitive.
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Last time I put this stuff down, it was 75-80°. Today at 48°, I honestly noticed no difference.

Well, except I was wearing a couple more layers of clothing.
Layers at 48°? That’s T-shirt and shorts weather.
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Layers at 48°? That’s T-shirt and shorts weather.
Yeah, I met a guy at Kmart a few years ago, wearing shorts in 18° weather. He was from Michigan.

I'm not.
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Yeah, I met a guy at Kmart a few years ago, wearing shorts in 18° weather. He was from Michigan.

I'm not.
Tried to snap a pic of a young gal wearing flip-flops and shorts in a store Sunday.

I'm guessing she has a good car heater.
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i was doing some kitchen work on a job a few years ago and the home owner had a flooring company there installing LVP to there entire down stairs. It was right before the air conditioning season. They stored the flooring out on the front porch and brought it in as needed. As a few weeks went by the floor started to come apart at one seam about two thirds of the way between about a twenty foot wide run. I guess the floor was shrinking some and pulling apart at one long seam.
I watched it get to be about a quarter inch wide. The flooring company came back and tore the whole floor out and replaced it. Not only because of the seam pulling apart but they installed 1/4" cork under the LVP to make up the height difference from the laminate floor that they tore out of the house.
The kitchen chairs were sinking into the floor when someone sat on them and the fridge sunk into the floor.

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That's just weird. The flooring should be expanding as temps rise, not shrinking. And the rest of the story makes it sound like the original install crew was Dumb & Dumber.
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That's just weird. The flooring should be expanding as temps rise, not shrinking. And the rest of the story makes it sound like the original install crew was Dumb & Dumber.
I think that while they were storing it on the porch it was in direct sun light and when they installed it in the air-conditioned house it cooled and shrunk.
This was a big name flooring company here where i live. They have about four locations. The people had problems with the second floor also and they had to remove it.
By now the six inch high oak baseboard was getting pretty beat up from them removing it and re installing it. It was an insurance job because there ice maker leaked. The people were holding the insurance check. I don't know how it all ended up.

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Number one thing about flooring. Store it in the environment in which it will be installed for a minimum of 3 days. That was 100% their fault.
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I put that Lifeproof floor in our house last year. Entire first floor which is about 650 sq ft. Longest runs were about 30'. While I did it in warmer temps, I can vouch for the quality of the product. I think if you can keep it at 48 or above, you should be fine.
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I like the stuff. I've used it on three jobs so far; at this point I've installed around 5,000 square feet of it.

We got real heat going today, so I'll soon see if the low-temp install was a bad idea.
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You need to make sure it gets acclimated to the environment.
And you need to get acclimated yourself.
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How did everything turn out for you? any issues once the heat was turned on? Curious how it worked out. I never installed flooring in new construction until the heating/cooling system was in and running.
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Happy to report that there were no issues at all. HO is happy, I'm happy.
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