A few months ago, we got a call from a customer requesting an LVT (luxury vinyl tile) flooring installation in their kitchen.
The subfloor was concrete
SImple job you say?
Not so, they had installed the concrete floor themselves which was laid with underfloor heating pipes in two seperate slab sections.
Leaving a rather dodgy looking 7mm seperation crack between the two seperate concrete slabs.
Normal procedure on a concrete floor is to coat the floor with a 3mm (minimum) thick coat of professional self levelleing compound.
After inital moisture testing (BS8203 standards) showed that moisture was at an acceptable level, we had to fathom how to proceed to lay any sort of floorcovering that would not be afftected by any expansion or contracion of the seperate slabs, which would result in the cracking of any levelling compound and the destruction of their beautifully installed floor.
After speaking to a few dif screed manufacturers, we decided upon using the Jumpax system, which is a floating subfloor system which would not be affected by the two seperate slabs movements, whilst still allowing maximum heat transfer from the underfloor heating system.
Customer was very happy with the results, and safe in the knowledge that the subfloor will never be an issue for the flooring in the future.
The floor was completed a few weeks ago, as you can see from the pics below, looks fantastic, and we are now booked in to do their carpets in the rest of the house in a couple of weeks!
'Amtico' are without doubt the biggest and most recognised name in the luxury vinyl tile flooring scene.
When they decided to run 'advanced level' installer course this year, it was without a doubt a no brainer to attend.
The prerequisite for being able to attend were that the installer had to have certain flooring qualifications and obviously be experienced with amtico etc.
The course covers various advanced set-out & cutting techniques & further understanding of sub floor conditions & testing.
We are also informed that the course was a definitive 'pass or fail'.
I'm happy to say i am an 'amtico advanced level, certified installer'
Having just got back from Karndeans Advanced level training course, which thanks to Neil (head trainer) was quite informative and kept me amused throughout (have you tried the hook yet? lol) I thought id share a couple of pictures of the completed designs I did. Everything is made from scratch and with zero templating. (yes even the compass design!)
This is a very popular choice, and for good reason!
It looks fantastic and completely transforms the look of any living/work space..
This particular install, the client had a clear idea that they wanted a black/slate LVT and after i suggested the design on the 45 degree with silver strippings and a keyline (single strip) border they were happy for me to 'do as i saw fit'.
Needless to say they were extremely happy with the end result!...
Did you know there is a standard for carpet fitting?
This standard is BS 5325
(The Installation of Textile Floorcoverings)
It states amongst other points that any carpet over 5 metres in width or length must be power stretched.
This does not mean give it a good hard whack with the knee kicker as this tool was never designed to stretch carpets, only to position them!
If the knee kicker is used to stretch the material it is more likely to damage the product (and the installer) than apply the correct tension.
If the carpet is stretched with the correct tools and the correct stretching pattern, there is no need for what is commonly known as a re-stretch.