Why Does Vinyl Flooring Ripple?

Practical, Efficient, and Affordable. Vinyl Floorings are not only durable, stylish, and simple to install, they are also easy to clean and maintain, making your life easy and your home hygienic. Vinyl flooring is highly durable and resilient, though it’s not invincible. Although if you encounter some wear and tear in your vinyl floor, you don’t have to entirely replace it, just fixing it would be enough. It’s normal for your vinyl floor to experience normal wear and tear; immense exposure to moisture can cause the floor to bubble up which can then become vulnerable to wear and tear. The installation process of Vinyl usually requires a loose lay, click together, or glue-down process. If the flooring is not properly maintained or installed, it may experience ripple. Read on to know why your Vinyl Flooring ripples.

1. Moisture:

If there is water seepage under the flooring due to the extremely moist concrete subfloor, the glue can get weakened, causing ripple, shrinkage, or buckling in the floor. Make sure to run a vapor barrier under the vinyl plank flooring during installation as it will prevent shrinking due to moisture. If you use high-quality vinyl flooring, it is less likely to ripple or shrink due to moisture. If you are going to lay vinyl flooring in the kitchen or bathroom, go for the waterproof versions.

2. Heat and Sunlight:

One of the main causes of the rippling of vinyl flooring is the expansion and contraction of its material. If the material becomes warmer, it causes slight expansion resulting in the flooring buckling. In colder climates, the opposite happens and the flooring contracts, causing gaps between the tiles or planks. If the vinyl flooring is self-stick or glued down, exposure to heat from the sun can release the bond of the glue, causing the tiles to shift. This condition is particularly common in vinyl flooring with a fiberglass inner layer. The luxury vinyl flooring is less likely to shrink or ripple in comparison with less expensive tile floorings.

3. Not allowing for a perimeter:

A vinyl floor has the tendency to naturally expand and contract under heat and cold conditions. To allow this natural expansion, make sure to stop the floor a quarter-inch and a half-inch shy of the wall. If you install your vinyl floor flush with the wall and provide no room for growth in the hot months, the loosely-lay floor can ripple and shrink during cold months.

4. Hauling heavy objects over loosely lay vinyl flooring:

All vinyl plank flooring does not require a glue-down installation procedure. Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring has become exceptionally popular as it provides easy installation and durability. The only drawback is that the flooring gets rippled or buckled up if heavy furniture is dragged across the flooring. To avoid this problem, when moving furniture make sure to lift it up or get the help of movers to limit the damage caused to the floor. You can also use felt pads under furniture to protect your floor from daily scratches.

Ways to Prevent Vinyl Floor Rippling

1. Use proper adhesive:

For vinyl flooring that requires a glue-down installation process, make sure to use a high-quality adhesive for the procedure. Cheap adhesives tend to become loose and allow the vinyl floors to ripple and buckle as compared to premium adhesives.

2. Roll the vinyl flooring:

Make sure to roll down the vinyl flooring with a 100-pound roller, after laying it using the glue-down method. This will ensure that your floor and the adhesive are secured properly and hence prevent the ripples from forming.

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