Hybrid Flooring FAQs

What is the difference between traditional or Flexible Luxury Vinyl Flooring/Tile (LVF/LVT) and Hybrid Flooring?

The main difference between the two is that Hybrid Flooring includes an extruded polymer-based core layer that gives the flooring a more rigid characteristic. This helps the plank or tile hide some common subfloor imperfections that could transfer or “telegraph” up to the floor’s surface, which can be common with traditional flexible LVF/T in certain circumstances.

What are the advantages to Hybrid Flooring?

The rigid core in Hybrid Flooring hides most common subfloor imperfections, making installation easier and ensuring a smoother finished appearance after installation. Hybrid Flooring is also water- proof, so it can be installed in water-prone indoor areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and entryways. Hybrid Flooring is a floating floor that’s installed with a locking system, so you do not use an adhesive. Also, a rigid core allows for the pre-attachment of an underlayment on some styles that helps soften sound and creates a cushion underfoot. Also, there’s less subfloor preparation than with flexible LVF/LVT.

What does “MLF” mean?

MLF stands for a category of flooring called “Multilayered Flooring.” That’s essentially any kind of hard surface flooring composed of multiple layers of different material that are assembled together, provided that the middle layer is a polymer-based material.

What kind of Hybrid Flooring is STAINMASTER™ hybrid flooring?

STAINMASTER™ hybrid flooring is made with a solid, rigid, High Density Core (HDC).

Is Hybrid Flooring more difficult to cut than Flexible LVF/T?

In a manner of speaking, yes. It can still be scored and snapped but will take multiple passes with a utility knife to score, especially with thicker constructions. Use of power saws is recommended; use of a saber saw is best when scribing or making intricate cuts.

Does Hybrid Flooring need special handling or more or less acclimation than Flexible LVF/T?

Careful handling is necessary with all floating floors to avoid damaging the locking mechanism during transport and moving, etc. Regarding acclimation, please consult the installation instructions for each product as to the specific conditions for storing, transport and installation.

Should I use an underlayment with Hybrid Flooring?

Use of underlayments is not a requirement for performance of Hybrid Flooring. However, there are applications which may require use of an acoustical reduction underlayment and it is best to consult with your sales representative for recommendations. Additional underlayments are not to be used with flooring that has a factory attached acoustical backing.

Does Hybrid Flooring expand and contract like Flexible LVF/T? What do I need to know about using transitions and spacers?

Consider that Hybrid Flooring expands and contracts at about half the rate of flexible LVF/T, so plan transitions accordingly. Refer to product installation guidelines if additional information is needed.

What are “common subfloor imperfections?”

Common subfloor imperfections include, but are not limited to, minor cracks, pock/spalling marks in concrete, certain grout joints and small deviations in flatness of the subfloor. Complete subfloor preparation requirements can be found in the product installation guide.

If Hybrid Flooring is waterproof, can I use it outside?

Hybrid Flooring will not be harmed by water when exposed to it from spills and normal cleaning. However, use of the flooring outside exposes it to other elements which will damage the flooring and is not covered by your warranty.

Can I use grout with Hybrid Flooring?

Hybrid Flooring is designed as a floating floor which does not allow for the application of grout.

Where can I get more information about Hybrid Flooring?

You may contact us or speak to your retailer sales representative.