Can You Dry LVT Flooring That’s Been Damaged By Water?
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT), which is a more affordable option to ceramic, stone, marble and hardwood flooring, is being used by increasing numbers of homeowners and building managers. It’s easy to install and reduces installation costs. LVT is very durable and resistant to dents and scratches as well as heat and, more importantly, water damage.
What is LVT Flooring?
LVT is made up of four layers. The vinyl backing layer, the vinyl core, and a photographic print layer are all part of LVT. This layer will determine how the final flooring will look, as well as the protective clear layer. LVT is easy to maintain, which is why it is so popular. LVT can be easily maintained with a dry mop or sweeping and can last for 25-30 years.
Luxury vinyl is more comfortable than other flooring types because it has a soft surface. You will not hear the clickity-clacking sound when you walk on it.
The greatest advantage of LVT
LVT’s resistance to water damage is perhaps the most important advantage over other flooring types. LVT is an excellent option for flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. Luxury vinyl flooring is water-proof. The planks and tiles can’t be damaged by moisture.
Water Damage and LVT
LVT is not affected by moisture or water, as stated above. After any water damage, the real problem is the damage to the subfloor on which the LVT is placed.
You can either glue it down (not recommended), or “float” vinyl flooring over the subfloor. Water can get underneath the LVT, which could cause damage to the concrete or wooden subfloor. It is possible to have the LVT removed in order to address subfloor problems. After the subfloor has been dried to its original condition, the LVT can be removed from its place by being carefully wiped and dried professionally.
It is essential to dry the subfloor beneath the LVT. It is important to dry the wood subflooring. This can take several weeks or even months, and there will be a risk of mold growth.
Concrete is more susceptible to water damage than other materials. Concrete is often mistakenly believed to be waterproof, and therefore can’t be damaged by water. Concrete can be affected by water. Water is an important component of concrete but it can also be very destructive. Concrete’s strength can be reduced by excessive humidity and temperature. Concrete’s natural alkalinity may also cause damage to LVT flooring. Mold growth can also occur if organic material like dirt and dust is trapped between the flooring & concrete subfloor.
Always seek professional help
LVT flooring can be dried and reinstalled if it is dealt with promptly. While water won’t cause permanent damage to LVT flooring it is important to dry the subflooring, walls, and baseboards. If left unattended, this can eventually lead to damage.