Has anyone had any experience with Centiva Luxury Vinyl Tiles? We are considering using this product on a fairly large flooring project. I've heard that some of the luxury vinyl tile products can have shrinkage issues. Is this true? We are looking at the Centiva Event series 18" x 18" tiles with 3mm thickness and .03" wear layer.
as luck would have it, I am a warehouse manager for a Vinyl flooring distributor. I have heard through a few installers that they did have an issue with shrinkage. I do not know if they have solved this issue or not.
Centiva is installed into the Empire State Building in NY, where you buy your ticket to go up to the viewing gallery and it looks fabulous. No shrinking at all. In fact, regarding shrinking, Centiva is the only manufacturer to incorporate fiber glass into its products, which eliminates shrinking. I think Centiva is also the only (or one of the only) manufacturers that actually makes luxury vinyl flooring in the USA! Hope this helps.
Luxury Vinyl Tile is somewhat dimensionally unstable. Moisture in the substrate you are installing it over, or in the adhesive you are using to install it, can exacerbate that instability. The shrinkage is generally more notable in luxury vinyl plank, where the shrinkage factor is multiplied over the longer lengths of plank flooring. Suggest that you use a transitional pressure sensitive adhesive, such as Taylor 2091, using the wet-set method (adhesive still wet when you set the flooring into it) to install the flooring. That adhesive dries with exceptional sheer strength that inhibits the plank from shrinking. Only way to go in large commercial projects.
We have a luxury vinyl flooring that is distributed by mastercraft. After several months, it is shrinking. The gaps between vinyl planks is obvious in all four dimensions. We contacted the local floor re-seller that we purchased the flooring from and without even coming to look at it or asking us any questions, they said it was installer error. However, the floor is gapping on all sides up to 1/8" along the entire row of planks. If this was an installation error you would have a buckling against the wall of about an inch, which is not the case. We have a plank that was not installed and compared it to the size of the installed plank. This shows obvious shrinkage. We thought it could be the glue, but after contacting the glue manufacturer, we found out the glue is water based. MASTERCRAFT has yet to give us the specifics about how the floor was made and what exactly is in the floor. The experience has been a nightmare. We have had to hire a floor inspector. I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM MASTERCRAFT.
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