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EXPERT SERIES
By Ed Van Oene, Bay Resource Group Inc.

Chris: What significant changes have you seen in
LVT/P design changes over the last 2 years?
Ed: The introduction of rigid core floating LVT/LVP, thicker
"loose lay" segment expands, highly improved film technology
and improved embossing textures to meet the demand for higher
end applications and heavy investment in the production for large
format tiles and planks.
Chris: What should we be aware of regarding
Chemical ingredients used in the manufacturing
of LVT/P?
Ed: Virgin material vs. recycled and how they relate to toxic carcinogens, heavy metals, phthalates, and dimensional stability. As
well, how to evaluate Floor Score and other 3rd party certifications.
Chris: Do you recommend floating or glue down as
the preferred method of installation? If one over
the other, why?
Ed: I am still a big fan of glue down in most applications but
depending on IIC requirements and substrate conditions floating,
or "loose lay" products may be appropriate.
Chris: What is the main cause of problems for this
type of flooring?
Ed: There are several causes, from improper acclimatization,
incorrect adhesives and applications, improper substrate preparation and the category being oversold as "bulletproof ".
Chris: LVT and direct sunlight, what do you recommend to ensure the flooring doesn't buckle?
Ed: This is a slippery slope and a significant cause of failures. A
very important question to ask during the sales process is whether
it's a DIY or professional installation, as many manufactures have
limitations and exclusions for direct sunlight exposure. Start by
selecting the appropriate product and adhesive for the substrate
and sunlight exposure. Follow manufacturer's recommendations
as far as direct sunlight applications and surface temperatures.
Does the site provide and does the end user understand the need
for window coverings and/or low E glass? Make sure application
guidelines are followed and documented with pictures. While
many manufacturers use fiberglass mesh core for dimensional
stability, even the best products can fail in the long term when
surface temperatures hit over 50°C.
Chris: Will LVT expand when exposed to moisture?
Ed: LVT is water resistant, ideal for higher moisture areas with
correct adhesives and application.
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Chris: How long do you recommend acclimating the flooring
on site for?
Ed: Remove material from packaging, spread out not higher than 1 box
high and allow to condition in room where installation is to take place
at a constant temperature of 18° - 25°C for a period of 48 hours prior to
installation. This temperature should be maintained during installation,
and for a 24-hour period after installation. HVAC and heating should be
kept within livable room temperatures.
Chris: Is the wear surface of LVT as durable as Laminate?
Ed: Both products require proper floor protectors on furniture as well as
proper maintenance. Laminate is a hard and typically scratch resistant
product typically made with high-density fiberboard thus not waterproof.
LVT is more flexible and resilient thus quieter and can be recoated with
finishes many times over even in commercial applications where wet cleaning
and high traffic are typical
Chris: Is there an Abrasion Class system (AC) for identifying
LVT/P wear layers like there is for Laminate?
Ed: Although not included in the ASTM F1700-13 ASTM Standard
Specification for Solid Vinyl Floor Tile. The F510/F510M-14 Standard
Test Method for Resistance to Abrasion of Resilient Floor Coverings
using an Abrader with a Grit Feed Method is the correct test for resilient
flooring. However, many labs are not equipped to perform this test. Some
labs will use the ASTM D4060-10 Standard Test Method for Abrasion
Resistance of Organic Coatings by the Taber Abraser. However, this is a
coatings test usually used for metal panels and must be adapted to use the
H18 abrasion wheel. It is not approved for the category and should be used
for comparison only.
Chris: What are the advantages of LVT over laminate?
Ed: Water resistance would be number one, the ability to be refurbished
in high traffic and high abuse areas. IIC ratings without underlays, LVT is
made of PVC vinyl which makes it more flexible and comfortable underfoot.
LVT installs in multiple configurations were as Laminate is floating only.
Chris: Should LVT be stored in a climate controlled warehouse, if not then why not?
Ed: If stored in an unheated warehouse for extended periods acclimation
time could take weeks. General rule is store in warehousing above 16°C or
60°F. Even then you still need to allow LVT to condition in room where
installation is to take place at a constant temperature of 18° - 25°C for a
period of 48 hours prior to installation. Many manufacturers have extended
this timeframe from 24 hours to 48 hours on thicker products. Lack of
acclimation is said to be the number one cause of deficiencies/failures.
Chris: If LVT freezes or is overheated during its transport
from the factory to the distributor, does this effect the performance of the product after it is sold by the dealer?
Ed: Product must be transported and stored flat and well supported. If
allowed to "freeze" a much longer acclimation time will be required especially for palletized goods. As single boxes allow product to condition in
room where installation is to take place for the appropriate amount of time
(24-48 hours) and the product will not be affected.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017

Chairperson’s Message
Board of Directors
Calendar of Events
Education
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
Index to Advertisers
President’s Message: Last Word
Nanaimo Golf Tournament
BSIA Interior Golf Tournament
Lower Mainland Golf Tournament
BSIA Ladies Golf
BSIA Breakfast
Alumni Lunch
Board Meeting at Crown
Victoria Golf
Pumpkin Patch
Skate with Santa
Bissett Fasteners Acquires Air-IT-On
TIMBER MART Welcomes Centre Jardin St-Césaire
JELD-WEN Wins Energy Star Award
Habitat for Humanity Approved to Build New Home
Ryan Nelson joins CanWel Building Materials
Coast Supplies Duct Tape Fundraiser
Success of Doubletree Acquisition
Task Tools Launches New Blade
In Memory of George Waterman
Financial Wellness Series
President’s Message
BCFCA Upcoming Events
Expert Series by Ed Van Oene, Bay Resource Group Inc
BCFCA Board Members
BCFCA Events
BCFCA News and New Members
NFCA Quality Assurance Program
Merchant Tips: Don’t Fall Victim
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - Lower Mainland Golf Tournament
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - Board Meeting at Crown
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - BCFCA Upcoming Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - Expert Series by Ed Van Oene, Bay Resource Group Inc
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - BCFCA Board Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - BCFCA Events
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - JELD-WEN Wins Energy Star Award
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - Ryan Nelson joins CanWel Building Materials
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - In Memory of George Waterman
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- July/August 2017 - Financial Wellness Series
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