This is the latest development in vinyl, and the biggest overall flooring development in the US since Laminate made its way inside our borders in 1994. The significant feature is the new installation method, where we get the term "Loose Lay". With this floor you don't use nails, staples, nor any kind of glue. You don't even have to fiddle with a locking mechanism, a click together system for instance. This floor just lays in place. Now, how does that work?
The first property that makes this possible is the bottom surface, which creates a good amount of friction, almost gripping the subfloor underneath it. You can lay down single planks and try to move them around by scooting your foot on the plank. It should stay right where you threw it down.
The second feature keeping Loose Lay Vinyl in place is its Dimensional Stability. That term refers to how much a floor will expand or contract with changes in the environment. For Loose Lay products that number is 0%. It just doesn't change in size. What that allows is a floor that needs no gap. With most of your plank style floors, anything designed to resemble hardwood flooring and hardwood itself, there has to be a little gap between the edge of the flooring and the wall, or any other vertical surface, to allow it to expand or contract. That's not needed here!
Loose Lay Vinyl installs flush to the walls, right up against them. Each plank also installs flush with the surrounding planks, so that once you've got your floor in place, it just has nowhere to go. Each piece boxes in the others, and the whole floor is boxed in by the walls that define the room. We have installation videos on the pages for each of these products if you want to see the process - and results - in action.
On top of all of that, Loose Lay is really thick stuff, thick and heavy. In addition to keeping it in place, that also makes it very durable. These products benefit from the same technologies that are making laminate and other vinyl products resemble the wood looks they are designed to replicate with greater and greater detail. Check them out, look at the pictures and videos, get samples from us, and as always, call, email, or join us in a chat if we can answer any questions for you!