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LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)CORETec Plus Specific Questions

Installation video on How to Install Coretec Plus

What is the LVT CORETec Plus core made of?

The 5.0mm core is limestone, virgin PVC, wood and bamboo dust condensed into a high-density, extruded waterproof material that will not expand or contract with humidity or moisture. It is the combination of these materials that make LVT CORETec Plus such a durable and versatile flooring and not to mention sustainable!

What is the LVT CORETec Plus wear layer made from and how durable is it?

The .5mm wear layer is made up of 2 coats of UV-cured acrylic with a 8-10% gloss level.  This wear layer is one of the most durable options on the market, it is a  commercially rated wear layer that protects against excessive wear, provides superior cleanability and stain resistance.

Is there a Warranty on LVT COREtec Plus?

Yes. There is a lifetime limited residential wear warranty, a lifetime limited structural warranty, a lifetime limited waterproof warranty and a 10 year limited commercial wear warranty.

Does LVT COREtec Plus off-gas toxic chemicals?

No LVT CORETec Plus does not off gas toxic chemicals. It is Greenguard Gold certified for indoor air quality and CARB compliant. The manufacturer of COREtec plus is a member of the USGBC.

Does LVT COREtec Plus have any recycled material in its construction?

Yes. Our sustainable flooring material is one of the few LVT materials that has composite core which contains recycled wood and renewable bamboo.

Can LVT COREtec Plus be glued down?

LVT COREtec Plus may be installed with a direct glue-down method on approved wooden or concrete substrates that are on, above, or below grade. Use ONLY USFloors Wood and Bamboo Flooring Adhesive or comparable premium wood flooring adhesives.

Can I install LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) COREtec Plus over existing materials?

Yes. It can be installed over other hard surface flooring and will not telegraph sub-floor imperfections. As always inspect the material you are going over to be sure its failure will not affect the installation of your new material.

Is LVT (luxury vinyl tile) COREtec Plus easy to for a Do-It-Yourself Installation?

Yes. It is installed using a glueless drop-and-lock system and no underlayment is required. It comes with a cork backing that deletes the need for another underlayment and this cork backing reduces noise. Minimal floor prep required. Measure, measure, cut and snap together. This material is easily cut with a skill saw.

Can LVT COREtec Plus be installed over large expanses without using transition pieces?

Yes. Due to our LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) CORETec Plus being extremely stable you are able to install this material without transition pieces because it does not expand and contract like most other floating floors. This is why it’s a great flooring for commercial applications as well as almost any residential application.

Is LVT COREtec Plus a stable flooring material?

Yes. It will not expand or contract. It does not need to be acclimated. It is exactly what makes this the perfect flooring for almost any situation or climate. Though buildings and adjacent wood floors do expand and contract, leave a ¼” expansion gap between the perimeter wall and a ¼ gap to any adjacent hardwood floors.

Is LVT CORETec Plus Water Proof?

Yes. The extruded core board is waterproof and will not swell when exposed to water. Since its waterproof, it will resist sub-floor mold and mildew.

Note: COREtec Plus is not a moisture barrier, you need to make sure your concrete is cured and moisture tested before install and that your crawl space has a proper moisture barrier.

Should I use a beater bar/brush when I vacuum my Wool Carpet?

Some vacuum beater bars can have vary stiff bristles which can be very abrasive.  The tight weave and twist of the wool fiber helps keep the dirt to the surface and ready to vacuumed, rendering a beater bar unnecessary.  It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner that has suction only. A beater brush may fuzz out the wool fibers.

What is Wool?

Wool is a fiber shorn from a sheep every nine to twelve months (making it very renewable). It does not harm the host and is completely natural. Sheep eat only grass and their wool is composed of over 20 amino acids.  New Zealand sheep are raised on land unsuitable for most other agricultural purposes and the sheep are rotated to different areas to prevent land destruction. Because of these reasons, wool carpet is considered the original “green” certified product.

Are there any Insulation Benefits of Wool Carpet?

Yes, wool is an excellent sound and temperature insulator, with an R-value of about 3.5 to 3.8 per inch of material thickness. You can lower your heat bill by simply installing natural wool carpet. This is because wool traps air in millions of miniscule pockets, and since air does not conduct or disperse heat well, it will hold onto the warmth, making your floor toasty and the heat radiating from your body will not be absorbed into the floor.

What type of Carpet Pad should be installed over Radiant Heat?

It is recommend to use either a flat rubber or synthetic cushion that is no thicker than 3/8 of an inch.  A natural rubber pad will be the least toxic and provide good long lasting support with minimal impact to the radiant heat system.

Do I have to put a Carpet Cushion under my Wool Carpet?

Yes, unless it is a direct glue down carpet. A good quality carpet cushion prolongs the life of your carpet and protects your investment.  If you have ever experienced bunched up or wrinkled carpet it is probably due to an inferior (cheap) carpet pad that has not supported the backing of the carpet properly.  Be sure to check the carpet manufacturers padding requirements.

How resilient is Wool Carpet?

Wool carpet has more “spring” and elasticity in its natural fibers than Triexta, olefin, or polyester (synthetic carpet fibers) and will bounce back quicker than any other carpet product. The three-dimensional spiraling crimp of each fiber can stretch and be crushed up to 30% more than its original length and then bounce back.

The resilience and durability is the reason casinos select wool carpet, as they do not want to have any downtime of their facility costing them money.

What cut and style of Wool Carpet should I use in my Home?

This is where you want to look at the construction of the wool carpet as well as the carpet fiber. Wool fibers are resistant to compression due to the physical nature of the fiber’s “natural crimp”. It has millions of coiled molecules, rather than the artificially induced sinoidal waves which exist in man-made fibers. It will not “ugly out”, but age gracefully. For  heavy traffic areas, you want to look for a dense pile (you don’t want to be able to easily see, or feel the backing of the carpet through the fiber). Shorter pile heights (those under ½”) perform better in heavy traffic areas like entries, stairs, hallways, and playrooms). In a cut pile, a tight twist is always more durable than a looser twist and with Berbers…. the smaller tighter loops will be more durable than the larger looser loop. The best performing cut pile style is the Frieze,  it consists of many tightly twisted yarns.

Does Wool Carpet have Stain Guards added to the Fibers?

No, wool fibers are made up of overlapping scales, arranged like roof shingles. This arrangement keeps dust and dirt near the surface and does not allow it to reach the base of the carpet and prevents liquid stains from penetrating into the individual wool fibers. Thus, wool carpet does not need added stain protection.

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