EPIC® for Luxury Vinyl Floors
MARKET GROWTH = OPPORTUNITY!!
Due to its durability and ease of installation, more and more consumers are choosing to install vinyl planks and other types of luxury vinyl flooring. According to Floor Covering News, luxury vinyl flooring sales have grown almost 400% in six years – from $750 million in 2012 to a whopping $3.687 billion in 2018. With all that vinyl being put down, there has been an increasing demand for Ultra Durable Technologies’ (UDT’s) EPIC high-performance floor finish, a high-quality, low-maintenance protective coating.
WHY IS VINYL PLANK FLOORING SO POPULAR?
Vinyl plank flooring is a type of luxury vinyl that is designed to mimic other flooring types such as stone or wood. It is easy to install, water-resistant, and available in multiple sizes, textures, and application styles. With proper installation and care, vinyl plank flooring can be an economical, long-lasting, environmentally-friendly choice for schools, medical facilities, and many other commercial settings.
WHY DOES VINYL PLANK FLOORING NEED EPIC?
Restoration and Prevention
Despite being marketed as “no wax” or “maintenance-free,” vinyl flooring installed in abusive environments or high-traffic areas will need EPIC to reach its expected lifespan. The factory-applied coating on most vinyl will not last the life of the flooring, but EPIC can offer a long-term alternative for vinyl that both enhances and protects. EPIC provides incredible chemical and stain resistance, aids in waterproofing, and improves cleaning and maintenance procedures. Whether your vinyl flooring is old or new, one thin coat of EPIC will help eliminate and prevent scuffing, scratches, and wear-through.
EPIC on Wood Grain Vinyl
KEEP THAT NO WAX FINISH!
Protection That Perseveres
Vinyl plank flooring comes in a range of sheens, and so does EPIC! Whether you choose matte, high-gloss, or somewhere in between, the sheen of EPIC will stay consistent without wearing or dulling like traditional acrylic floor finishes do. EPIC is also UV stable and therefore does not succumb to yellowing or degrading from UV exposure. It goes on clear and stays clear to seal and protect your vinyl.
Some vinyl planks and tiles are waterproof, but this does not mean they are without seams. Without a proper floor sealant as a topcoat, water can seep through the seams and have a detrimental effect on the adhesives, subfloor, or the flooring’s core. EPIC seals and protects your vinyl flooring and creates a seamless surface that water will not penetrate.
Vinyl planks install simply and are easy to replace, so millions of pounds of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) end up in landfills every year. Vinyl is an appealing flooring choice, but it is slow to biodegrade naturally in landfills. These floors should last for decades if installed and maintained properly. Instead of abusing and frequently replacing vinyl floors, seal them with EPIC to prolong their lifespan and protect the environment.
In addition to the threat of environmental harm, sometimes safety concerns surround installed vinyl. Unfortunately, vinyl flooring can be slippery when wet. Choosing to install vinyl planks in areas exposed to water is a safety hazard unless the appropriate coating is used. Adding UDT’s Ultra Grip traction additive when mixing EPIC Gloss will create a semi-gloss, slip-resistant surface, even in wet conditions.
Some of these terms are used interchangeably, and some floors fit into more than one of these categories.
- Vinyl Plank = LVP = Luxury Vinyl Plank
- Vinyl Tile = LVT = Luxury Vinyl Tile
- VCT = Vinyl Composition Tile
- WPC = Wood Plastic Composite
- SPC = Stone Plastic Composite
- Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl
- Sheet Vinyl
- EVP = Engineered Vinyl Plank
- SVT = Solid Vinyl Tile
- Extremely chemical and abrasion-resistant
- Clear, non-yellowing, UV stable finish
- Highly sustainable
- Enhanced durability
- Increased stain and scuff mark prevention
- Available in Gloss or Matte finish
- Optional Ultra Grip offers improved slip-resistance