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Old 05-13-2020, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm a GC that focuses on office/tenant finish work. We do a fair amount of commercial carpet tiles and LVP, but most of the LVP we've been doing has been some of the lower grade stuff from Patcraft. I'm wondering if you guys have any suggestions for brands/lines for a bit of a higher grade for one of our customers? I think they're looking for a more textured tile, we've shown them the Patcraft Crossover, which we done a bunch, but they didn't see exactly what they were looking for in that line.

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Old 05-14-2020, 06:26 AM   #2
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For higher end finishes, I almost never recommend anything you can get off the shelf at a big box store, but in recent months, I have installed several thousand square feet of Lifeproof LVP from Home Depot that customers have chosen, and I gotta say I've been pretty impressed with the material.

It takes a little extra effort to tap each piece into place, if you're obsessed with invisible seams like I am, but man is it ever durable once it's installed.

Unfortunately, the only two pics I have in my phone of a recent flooring job are the ones below.

But we have had this floor covered with sawdust, scrap pieces of lumber, Etc, and all we do is sweep up and steam mop at the end of the job and it looks like brand new. Handles boots, dog's nails, all that no problem.


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I've done a few thousand feet of Lifeproof. Did this one a couple of years ago for a GC I work with regularly (his own home), and he reports it's holding up well.

Did the whole house, and with that amount of product, some of it was from different production runs. Color was identical, but under bright sunlight there was a marked difference in finish. Don't know if they've addressed that since then.

In general, pretty much all LVP I've done looks the same. Some go together easier than others; Lifeproof is pretty decent in that respect.
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Got a shot this morning of the finished and clean project


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Interesting - I think I'm going to do LVP in my basement at some point and had looked at the LifeProof stuff and had considered and dismissed it based on others here that had noted issues with shrinking/gaps and installation difficulty with edges. My understanding was that there is the Coretech stuff, and kind of "everything else". I'll have to give that some additional thought. One thing I like about the Patcraft Crossover is it's a loose lay product, and is thicker, 5mm with a 20 mil wear layer. It's a bit more than I wanted to spend though. I will have to give the Lifeproof stuff another look next time I am at Depot.

BTW - those projects look great - well done.

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I did a thousand feet of this over two jobs last year and was really impressed.


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I have installed some LVP over the last few years but i have heard if you have direct sunlight coming through a glass sliding door that it could create problems. Is that true?

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Interesting - I think I'm going to do LVP in my basement at some point and had looked at the LifeProof stuff and had considered and dismissed it based on others here that had noted issues with shrinking/gaps and installation difficulty with edges. My understanding was that there is the Coretech stuff, and kind of "everything else". I'll have to give that some additional thought. One thing I like about the Patcraft Crossover is it's a loose lay product, and is thicker, 5mm with a 20 mil wear layer. It's a bit more than I wanted to spend though. I will have to give the Lifeproof stuff another look next time I am at Depot.

BTW - those projects look great - well done.

Just use Coretec then.
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Just use Coretec then.
I'm about to install about 2200 sf of coretec, should be starting next week

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Armstrong prism. I have done a couple of jobs with it lately. If it wears as hard as it cuts it should last a long time. I donít know if the box stores can get it. The jobs that I did were sold by a local mom and pop store.

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