How to prepare a vinyl floor for an epoxy floor installation

In most cases, we see vinyl flooring that is old, outdated and failing miserably. Whether this is from the materials used, the wear it has endured, the care it has received, or simply it's age, our customers are relieved to have a solution that not only looks beautiful but is the highest performing back-of-house floor on the market.

Feature Flooring will recommend the best course of action that ultimately leads to delighted customers and a lasting solution even if the necessary steps are more invasive than simply installing a JetRock floor (which is what JetRock has been designed for).

Download the Quick Guide to Epoxy Floor Preparation complete with various flooring types and techniques from the pros.  

Vinyl's ability to withstand the harsh conditions of back-of-house areas is questionable. Existing vinyl flooring prepared for a JetRock floor require additional vetting by the assessor and installing team. The greatest concerns are the health and stability of the substrate beneath the vinyl as well as the presence of asbestos (which would require a separate team of asbestos mitigation).

The process of how to proceed with preparation, demolition, and installation depends entirely on the unique conditions of the floor and its substrate.

Assess Condition of the Floor

In all cases, an assessment of the floor is conducted. The greatest attention is paid to the relationship between two materials: the substrate (typically concrete or plywood) and the vinyl flooring on top. If either of these is jeopardized, the floor is demolished and replaced. In the presence of vinyl sheet goods, there is a greater susceptibility of failure. Many of these circumstances are situational and require assessment by a member of the Feature Flooring crew.

The Preparation

If the vinyl flooring and the substrate below it are sound, the preparation is similar to that of other floor types. Vinyl flooring installations seal or coat with wax. This must be coarsened then vacuumed and cleaned to provide optimal epoxy-bonding conditions. The floor must be dry before the seams and joints are filled with epoxy to create an even surface.

Ready for JetRock Installation

The floor is then ready for cove base application followed by the flooring solution which is tied in resulting in a fully-integrated flooring solution. A JetRock floor cures in 6-8 hours and is seamless, slip-resistant, watertight and very low-maintenance, combating many common issues that plague harsh back-of-house conditions. 

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Additional Things to Know

Every space is unique. The preparation required can vary greatly depending on the size, scope, condition of existing floors and more. If you are unsure of whether JetRock would be a good fit for your space, you're in luck! We offer free, no-obligation assessments

If you have questions, we'd love to hear from you!

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