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Different Floor Surface Textures Infographic

When you look at flooring you’ll hear a lot of terms for a lot of features. One set of these is for surface texture. What do these words mean, and how do these things look?

Different Floor Surface Textures

Different Floor Surface Textures


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Posted in Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Vinyl Flooring
2 comments on “Different Floor Surface Textures Infographic
  1. Brent Lucas says:

    I’m looking for installation instructions, etc, for vinyl plank flooring.
    Does one apply adhesive, or is the product self sticking?
    Should product be installed over existing wood flooring?

    Stuff like this.

    • David says:

      Hi, Brent,

      We have two main kinds of vinyl plank, or I should say the two most popular types, one installs as a Click Together floor, and the other has a Loose Lay installation method. Those links go to our videos on each, and should give you a really good idea of what is involved.

      I also wrote up a piece on the four basic types of vinyl plank, the other two being basically a stick together rather than a Click Together, and then glue down. Another piece compares the Click Together and Loose Lay.

      Now, each product – and I mean even different products within each category – will have its own specific instructions. We post those on the products’ pages. There is a tab in our Details section.

      As for the questions you used for examples:

      1. (adhesive or self-sticking) Click Together flooring ‘floats‘, so it is not stuck at all. Loose Lay also floats but can be glued where needed to provide stability. We show that later in the Loose Lay video above. Adhesive Lock varieties stick to each other, but not the floor, and glue downs do just what you think.

      2. For all of these, any floor you go over, whether your subfloor or en existing floor, that surface needs to be pretty flat. You don’t want to go over grout grooves in a porcelain floor, for example. If the floor has slopes or dips greater than 1/8″ over around 5 feet (the specific numbers vary by product) then that would have to be leveled out. The exceptions are for wood floors, and they apply to anything glued down. A glued down vinyl should not go over wood, and the Loose Lay, if you think you’ll use an adhesive here and there as shown, would also not be best there. Over wood, with the flatness qualification in mind, look to Click Together or even the Adhesive Strip ones, where the vinyl is not adhered directly to what’s under it.

      I hope this helps, and thanks for asking!
      – David

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