Life Floor has built a network of Certified Dealers and Installers that can assist you in both purchasing and installing Life Floor. For larger facilities and organizations, we also offer on-site training to enable your own staff to install Life Floor. Our flooring experts will work with you to accomplish an outstanding Life Floor installation on a schedule that accommodates your needs.
Over what substrate can Life Floor be installed?
Appropriate substrates include concrete, new wood, plastic, metal, and fiberglass. Essentially, Life Floor requires a substrate that is dry, intact (not crumbling, rotting or coming up), and cleaned of debris, dirt, oils, waxes, and sealers. If these conditions are present, Life Floor can be installed. If you're unsure what substrate you're dealing with, you can contact a certified Life Floor installer in your area to set up an inspection. To find the certified Life Floor installer in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide you the contact information of your local Life Floor installer. Unfortunately, at the present time, Life Floor cannot be installed over a compacted aggregate sub-base.
What type of adhesive should be used?
A commercial grade contact cement is the best option for most applications. For larger projects we can source and sell adhesive, and for smaller projects we can work with you to find the closest distributor. We also have an adhesive-backed upgrade which is great for lower traffic installations.
How is the contact cement applied?
The contact cement is painted on with a paint brush or paint roller to both the sub-base material and the back of the tile, allowed to cure for 10-15 minutes depending on the environmental conditions (warmer temps will require less time), then the tile is placed. This offers a secure bond. If the tile fails to adhere, the installer will know immediately and will need to wait a bit longer for the adhesive to cure before the tile is placed.
How does Life Floor perform custom design work?
Generally, the certified installation crew cuts out the desired shapes and then inlays the void with a contrasting color. Designs can also be water-jet cut from a CAD drawing and prefabricated for quick and easy installation. For repetitive designs (footprints, paw prints, logos) die cut shapes can also be created.
Can Life Floor be installed underwater?
Yes, Life Floor can be installed underwater and remain underwater for many years without replacement. Tiles are installed using a synthetic rubber, waterproof contact cement that can withstand underwater environments.
Can you install it over "poured-in-place" rubber?
It depends on the current condition of the poured in place (PIP). Tiles can adhere to rubber, but if the PIP is coming apart, our tiles will not have a solid enough substrate to adhere to. The longevity of the Life Floor install would be directly linked to the longevity of the PIP. Life Floor can provide a sealant for the PIP, but if the PIP starts breaking down, the Life Floor tiles may also become loose.
How do you handle drains?
For existing drains, a removable cover is created on-site to provide a consistent look. An alternative is to leave current drains exposed and not install Life Floor over the openings. For 3/8” tile, transition edges will be necessary to slope the edge toward the drain. For 3/16” tile, transition edges are not required.
A corner or edge on some of my Life Floor Tiles appears to be coming loose, should I be concerned?
To keep your floor performing its best, we do recommend that you address any loose sections, but the process is simple and may even be covered by your installation warranty. Any loosening is likely due to an issue with the contact cement bonding during the initial installation rather than anything with the tile itself. Following the instructions here, add a bit of new contact cement to the surface and the tile, wait for it to cure, then press back in place.
Are some tiles more likely than others to begin to loosen?
In extreme traffic areas, tiles close to the edge may see accelerated loosening, but by and large it comes down to the bond with the underlying adhesive. There are two times when suboptimal bonds are likely to show themselves: Within the first month of installation and after the first winter for outdoor installations. Checking your floor around these times will help you identify any tiles that are beginning to loosen.