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Old 02-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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We are going to be putting in flooring in our cabin in Canada. Since it is unheated during the winter, we wondered about using vinyl planks, either Armstrong luxe best planks, Konecto or Karndean. The Armstrong & Konecto Prestige are floating planks. The karndean uses an adhesive. Have any of you used either of these where the temperatures fall below 40 degrees below? I've been trying to get information from the companies and will continue to ask. Thanks for any help you can give.


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Old 02-25-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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I've never installed vinyl anywhere with such drastic temp variation.
I would think you should get the product with as much flexibility for expansion and contraction as possible.
If the planks were glued down, I would be afraid they may pull apart in the winter.
Honestly, I wouldn't use vinyl at all in this situation.


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Old 03-08-2010, 08:43 PM   #3
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Most vinyl manufacturers require a minimum temperature of 55 degrees year round to maintain their warranty and keep the flooring on the floor. That being said there are many installations that are left to freeze up over winter and only a few of the tiles need to be re-glued in the Spring. I don't recommend that road however. I don't know of any vinyl planks that will hold up long term under the temp variations you have stated.
Some fiberfloor (i.e. Flexitec) types are used and work ok in that environment. They can be floated, not glued down, and are generally 13'2" or 16'4" wide for a no-seam installation. Beauflor is a manufacturer that actually has a freeze/ crack warranty that it will not crack in low temperatures. The lowest I have personally seen is 30 below, where it was folded up without cracking and unrolled later when warm with no damage. Some higher quality floating laminate floors also perform well but again there is no warranty when installed in the areas you speak of.
So it is a roll of the dice but these have the best chance of working.
Commercial loop carpet over a good cushion is a warm, easy to clean option as well.
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