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akimbo 01-28-2012 10:49 PM

Vinyl plank is cupping-seller says put down plastic
 
I won't mention the brand name, but we installed one of those new plank vinyl floors that do not require gluing. "Simple to install" which it wasn't but we followed the directions carefully and the floor was very snug, i.e. no gaps between planks. The company advised us to use double-sided tape on some of the short ends which we did.

We have a nice smooth basement floor from which we removed an old vinyl floor.
Because of some concerns about possible asbestos in the old glue we sealed the concrete, prior to install of new floor, using concrete sealer--the kind that goes on milky and dries clear. At least 2 coats were applied.

Six months after installing the vinyl planks we noticed some of them were cupped, forming a potential tripping hazard so we applied more double sided tape.
A year later when the cupping progressed we called the company. They came for an inspection and found some moldy areas under some planks. This was surprising as we had done repairs to our drainage and foundation two years previous, plus we had sealed the concrete. Furthermore when removing a two year old carpet in an adjacent room, there was no evidence of mould or moisture.
The vinyl flooring was advertised as appropriate for concrete basement floors. A company rep is now advising us to remove the flooring, put down 6 mil poly over the concrete and to reinstall the planks. I'm reluctant to do that because with even a millimeter of play the flooring is going to cause the planks to slide in this rental unit. And I wondering about creating an even better environment for mold under the plastic. I even wonder if the planks are promoting the growth of mold. Any thoughts? :(

oh'mike 01-29-2012 06:28 AM

Please go ahead and mention the Brand and style---

If this is what I think--there is a long running thread on the product---along with some fixes.

akimbo 01-29-2012 03:45 PM

The product is Drop & Done.

akimbo 02-04-2012 11:37 PM

I see the company has changed the info on their web site now. There is a warranty but the company is not being as helpful as when I first contacted them.


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