The mark of any great tradesman is their ability to adequately prepare a surface in order to ensure a consistent outcome and a smooth, durable finish for years to come. This is particularly true when it comes to laying vinyl flooring.
To ensure the longevity of any type of flooring, it’s important to adhere to the instructions in manufacturer’s installation guide, which include preparing the sub-floor in accordance with Australian standards.
It’s vital that the sub-floor surface is clean, dry, smooth and free of any contaminants which may affect floor finishes. Any type of mark on the sub-floor will eventually bleed into the vinyl and interrupt the performance of the floor coverings. For this reason, all line markings, glues, paints, oils, and grease must be removed prior to laying. All impurities in the concrete will need to be ground off.
In the example below, which we found in St Kilda, Melbourne, the previous installation did not follow standards set by floor finishing, adhesive & floor preparation manufacturers. The floor here was not ground or finished to Australian standard, leaving a failed floor, which can be a costly exercise to repair or replace.
One instance where we often see this issue arise is during refurbishments when walls or partitions are removed, leaving an uneven floor surface, marking from plumbing or building set outs, or previous contaminants.
Taking shortcuts can equate to a cost multiplier of 3 when standards are not met or ignored.