Installers looking to enhance their skillset have a new opportunity when it comes to the wall. Laminate, hardwood and LVT flooring is increasingly being installed vertically to create accents (and conversation pieces). We asked several industry experts to share their perspective on what installers should know and what they should expect when taking an installation up the wall.
According to Bob Behnke, technical support manager for Franklin International, any type of flooring is fair game for use on walls. However, he added, “some local building codes may dictate weight restrictions for walls. Typical face paper shear strength for drywall is around 40 psi, but I would limit weight additions to 10 psi. I doubt anyone would exceed the 10 psi value, but people will do some surprising installations.”