Main image: TAL multi-level system for vinyl installation in progress
Installing vinyl flooring systems requires careful preparation and a system of compatible products to ensure a successful installation. Therefore, TAL has created their TAL Floor Levelling System, recently showcased at Big 5 Construct Africa.
Marius Botha, TAL Senior Operations Manager explains, “There is no question that the look and performance of a floor covering are largely dependent on what lies beneath it. The TAL Floor Levelling System has been developed to safeguard the final finish, which is often vinyl sheeting, LVTs or PVC-backed vinyl tiles.”
Focus on providing a practical flooring system
The company’s focus is to provide a practical, easy-to-use flooring system, and knowledge sharing with flooring professionals and installers on key issues such as understanding the substrates that they are working with, selection of products and using the correct tools for a professional installation. “Our R&D team have taken feedback from our customers regarding challenges they experience on site and have developed this system in response to that information – and to be effective in our local conditions,” says Marius.
Proper installation essential for longevity
As vinyl floor coverings are sensitive to high rates of moisture in the substrate, or high moisture vapour emission rates (MVER), TAL recommends the use of their easy application, roller-applied water-based epoxy vapour barrier, TAL Vapourscreen WB to reduce the risk of debonding of floor coverings. TAL Primercoat, a ready-mix primer slurry must then be applied onto the vapour barrier so that TAL Screedmaster, a rapid-setting, self-levelling screed can key onto the prepared surface, creating a strong bond. Finally, TAL’s selection of acrylic-based adhesives are designed for installing soft floor coverings including vinyl sheeting, luxury vinyl tiles or PVC-backed vinyl tiles.
“We believe that supplying our customers with a full range of products that are compatible with one another, on-site technical support and product training is the key to helping our customers deliver a professional vinyl flooring installation,” says Marius.