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Feb 28, 2022 | LVT Care and Maintenance

How Can You Repair Broken Plank or Tile?

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Luxury vinyl has become a trendy flooring option for many businesses and private homes. What makes Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring so popular is its ability to replicate a variety of traditional and contemporary materials – including hardwood, ceramic, stone and porcelain – while being affordable, waterproof, extremely durable and easy to maintain.

Do Luxury Vinyl Tiles or Planks Break Often?

One of the many reasons people install luxury vinyl floors is their unprecedented durability. Vinyl tiles and planks can resist the scuffs, scratches and chips other types of flooring might suffer under sustained heavy traffic.

Luxury vinyl’s resilience is an especially attractive feature for commercial settings and large families with children and pets. Additionally, both LVT and LVP floors are far less likely to crack or break because they consist of layers of vinyl, a material with a uniquely flexible rigidity that other hard materials like stone, porcelain or wood lack.

How to Repair Minor Nicks and Gouges on Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

As durable as luxury vinyl floors are, they are not 100 percent immune to damage. Even a well-maintained floor can get scratches and scuffs from pets or moving furniture. If your LVT or LVP floor has suffered minor damage, you don’t have to replace it with a brand-new product.

Products like our Prevail® Scratch Remover are effective for reducing the visibility of minor scratches or abrasions. Prevail Scratch Remover does a great job of minimizing the visibility of the scratch and is a much simpler task than removing and replacing a plank.

That said, in some extreme cases it may be easier to simply replace a damaged plank or tile. The affordability of vinyl and the ease of many replacement options makes switching out damaged LVT or LVP relatively easy.

How Can You Repair Deep Scratches on Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

You’ll likely have to replace the damaged piece of flooring with new vinyl. To make this process as easy as possible, manufacturers often recommend getting extra tiles or planks in case the existing ones are damaged and need to be replaced. Keeping a few extra from your initial order ensures you won’t have to waste time or money looking for the perfect match for your existing floor.

Generally, there are two ways to go about replacing your luxury vinyl flooring: floating installation or the glue down method.

Floating Vinyl Plank Repair

This type of repair can be somewhat time consuming, but it doesn’t require using messy adhesives, like glue or tape. You don’t have to disassemble and reassemble the floor to replace the plank. Metoflor provides a great how-to video showing the steps required to replace a damaged floating floor plank. You can watch the video below.

Glue Down Vinyl Plank Repair

If your luxury vinyl flooring was glued down, here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  • Remove the damaged piece by loosening the adhesive with a heat gun and pulling it up
  • Using the damaged piece as your template, cut (if needed) a replacement piece from your spare vinyl tile or plank
  • Install the new piece using an adhesive being sure to use one recommended by your floor’s manufacturer and to follow the adhesive manufacturers instructions.

Explore Metroflor Products for Affordable and Easy-to-Install Luxury Vinyl Flooring

At Metroflor, you can find a diverse range of innovative flooring solutions that match your unique style preferences and your durability needs. Whether you need flooring for your home or business, we have many great products to choose from.

Browse our various flooring solutions or contact a dealer near you for more information.

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