Luxury Vinyl Flooring Overview
Vinyl flooring is a rapidly proliferating category of flooring products with characteristics, installation requirements, and warranties that require careful evaluation and understanding before installing over Ecowarm or other radiant floor heating products.
Our purpose is to provide a general understanding of the issues you should consider before installing vinyl flooring over Ecowarm or other methods of installing radiant floor heat.
Use Extreme Caution: Environmental Issues with Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is more environmentally sensitive than many other flooring products in that it has a high rate of expansion and contraction with changes in temperature, as well as being sensitive to changes in humidity.
Vinyl flooring products are predominantly made from recycled petroleum-based plastics. For environmental and green conscious customers, the petrochemical basis and potential for significant outgassing of toxic volatiles are a real concern.
Due to the recent introduction of numerous vinyl flooring products, most of them have little history of use over radiant floor heat. Additionally, many of the limitations in the warranties are extremely hard to comply with.
Outgassing from Vinyl Floors
At Ecowarm we’ve made major efforts to design, engineer, and manufacture an environmentally responsible product. We are not scientists, chemists, or toxicologists who are able to fully examine issues of outgassing from vinyl flooring products.