IVC Flexitec Installation
Important Note: We do not do installations directly.
Instead of having our own installers on staff as a normal retailer would have, we have chosen a more advantageous method that helps you save money on the materials as well as the actual installation. Read the full details about installation here.
You can easily update any room and keep your walking areas protected from spills, foot traffic and daily wear and tear by installing new vinyl flooring. Vinyl not only wears well and resists water, it also cushions the feet more than tile, hardwood, or laminate. Installing a sheet-vinyl floor is a manageable do-it-yourself project. The key to success is in the preparation.
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION:
- 3/8″ short nap paint roller
- IVC FLEX-TECH Pressure Sensitive Releasable Adhesive
- IVC FLEX-SEAM Premium Seam Bond
- Duck Acrylic Double Face Tape
- Sharp Utility Knife
- Straightedge Push broom
- Plywood (APA registered underlayment) – Concrete – Luan
- Self-Leveling Compound (NON-Gypsum only) – Gypcrete – Ceramic
- Particle Board (underlayment quality only) – OSB – Terrazzo
- Resilient Floor (no more than 2 layers, bonded) – VCT – Hardboard
Floor must be clean, smooth, flat and dry. Remove all foreign substances such as wax, grease, dirt and any substance or chemical that would interfere with a good bond. Fill all holes and cracks with a cement based patching compound. Sand high spots to eliminate the possibility of telegraphing. Prime floor if needed to prevent over absorption of adhesives, contain dust, and to insure a better bond of the adhesive to the subfloor, with FLEX-PRIM Acrylic Latex Primer. Moisture levels of concrete slabs must be 5 lbs. or less per 1000 square feet per 24 hours using an anhydrous calcium chloride test according to ASTM F-1869, and pH must be between 5 and 9. Or, if using ASTM F-2170 In-Situ Probes should be less than 75% RH.
Inspection of flooring material prior to installation is required. Any defects should be immediately reported to the retail store from which the flooring was purchased before installation. The installer is responsible for labor costs to repair or replace material with defects that were apparent before or noticed at the end of an installation.
- Prepare substrate in order for the surface to be clean, smooth, flat and dry. Under cut all door jambs to maintain a 1/8″ relief gap.
- Place acrylic double face tape at all doorways where a transition strip is needed, next to sliding doors, in front of tubs and shower stalls, and similar areas where an expansion gap will not be covered with trim. Place double face acrylic tape around all floor vents to eliminate air migrating under vinyl causing bubbles. Do not tape along walls or around perimeter of room.
- Align the pattern with the most dominant wall to achieve the best appearance in the room. Using a sharp utility knife, trim away excess material along the walls, at cabinets, etc., leaving approximately 2″ of vinyl at these areas to be trimmed off later (rough cut).
- IF A SEAM IS REQUIRED PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEAMING.
- Make relief cuts at corners and projections to allow the material to lay flat before the final cuts are made. Final trimming should be done by cutting in with a utility knife or trimmer leaving a 1/8″ to 1/4″ expansion gap. The gap allows for sub-floor movement caused by changes in atmospheric conditions. The material should not touch the wall or corners at any point or bubbles or wrinkles may occur. The material must lay flat to stay flat. Final cuts must be made prior to applying adhesive.
- Fold back material one half at a time and roll on a thin layer of IVC FLEX-TECH Pressure Sensitive Adhesive with the 3/8 inch short nap paint roller.
- Before laying material back, make sure the adhesive is completely dry (should be tacky to the touch). There should be no transfer of adhesive to material. (If needed, a fan can be used to accelerate drying time.) Average drying time is around 20 minutes. If the adhesive is not completely dry before installation of material, the adhesive will continue to release gasses causing bubbles under the vinyl material.
- Slide the material in place so that no shifting can occur. Do not lift the vinyl into place because it may shift slightly and wrinkle.
- Starting in the center of the floor, remove air from under material using a push broom (broom method). Do not use any type of flooring roller, i.e. 75 or 100 pound. Do not twist material when placing it onto the adhesive.
- Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining half of the flooring material.
- Use quarter round or base board to cover the exposed expansion gap. When installing quarter round or any moldings, make sure that they are fastened only to the wall, and do not pinch the material at any point.
SEAMING INSTRUCTIONS IN A FULL-SPREAD INSTALLATION:
- After adhesive is rolled on and completely dry position the flooring by over-lapping the seam edges. (Make sure to match pattern.)
- With a straight edge and a sharp utility knife, cut through both layers of flooring material (double-cut) at the designated match point. Make sure the utility knife blade is held in an upright position for a clean 90 degree cut.
- Remove and discard waste material.
- Fold back about 8″ of the vinyl on one side of the seam and apply a small bead of FLEX-SEAM Premium Seam Bond to one edge of the vinyl that is on the floor.
- Tuck the seam edges together and wipe off excess sealer with a clean, damp cloth.
- Use a resilient flooring type hand roller (or wallpaper seam roller) to squeeze out any remaining sealer from the seam. Immediately clean seam with a damp cloth followed by a clean, dry cloth.
- Protect the seam and allow it to dry (approximately 6 hours).
- Always inspect the flooring thoroughly before installation.
- DO NOT slide heavy appliances or furniture over or across the flooring. Always lift objects and place them on the flooring or reposition appliances and furniture using professional moving glides or carpet with the pile side down.
- In-floor heat/AC registers may rest on the vinyl floor, but leave space under registers that are attached to the floor or wall. They should not pinch the flooring material.
- Use permanent 100% silicone caulk next to bathtubs, showers, sliding doors or similar areas. For bathroom installations, it is not necessary to remove the toilet. Make relief cuts around the perimeter of the toilet and make sure the vinyl flooring is laying flat before trimming off the excess material. Apply permanent flexible silicone caulk around the toilet, next to bathtubs and showers to prevent moisture from getting under the vinyl. Note: if there is ceramic sanitary cove and no place to install trim mold, you can apply caulk around the walls.
- Make sure furniture legs have large surface, non-staining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat glides that are in flat contact with the floor.
- Do not use a trowel for application of pressure sensitive adhesive. Never use tape around the perimeter of the room.
- Never apply IVC Flooring to wet adhesive. This could cause permanent bond or wrinkling.
- For Metal door jambs that can not be undercut, leave an 1/8″ expansion gap and caulk with 100% silicone caulking