Of all the types of interior floors you can get today, vinyl ones are at the forefront. They are even outpacing the sales of the more traditional ceramic tiles, wood and laminate flooring. What is it?
Vinyl flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), hence that’s where its name comes from. They achieved popularity in the middle of the last century and it has been growing ever since. Today, these floors are more durable, their installation takes less time and you can choose from a wide range of textures that emulate wood or stone. Their composition has also changed.
More and more people are concerned with living in a healthy environment and so over time today’s vinyl floors have evolved into becoming completely safe and environmentally friendly. They consist of several layers of different features, where the top wear layer protects the floor from foot traffic and wear and tear.
The difficulty of installation depends on the specific type
Vinyl flooring is produced in several variants, differing mainly in the method of installation.
Glued tiles: When using vinyl, it’s absolutely necessary to first remove any unevenness. The individual tiles are then bonded to the base with a special glue, for which you will need to call in an expert. Only an experienced professional knows best how to properly ventilate and make the glue ready for use on vinyl tiles. They are good for bathrooms, kitchens, but also staircases. They go well in places where a lot of people walk (schools, offices, shopping centers) and they can withstand more weight.
Self-adhesive floor: Much easier is the vinyl flooring sold in rolls and applied as a self-adhesive floor. Simply remove the film and then just press it against the surface, which makes it an extremely fast and easy variant. The floor here needs to be carefully evened out, otherwise all unevenness will show up. It can be installed any place where you want to use glued tiles, even in humid areas. They tend to be quieter than the floating variant, and so are better in places where children move about (e.g. living room).
Interlocking floating floor: Those who desire a floating floor without any sticking appreciate the interlocking feature of vinyl. Click vinyl flooring is made so that the classic vinyl covering is glued to the backing, thereby increasing its durability. The result is a thicker covering (roughly 5 – 10 mm), but anybody can do the installation – the principle is similar to that of classic interlocking tiles; nothing to glue. Thanks to its thickness, it goes well anywhere you need thermal insulation.
Fortelock vinyl floor tiles: An entirely special case of vinyl flooring is Fortelock. Like an assembly project on an even surface, it is an extremely fast floor in terms of installation. Again, there is nothing to glue and individual tiles can be easily replaced. Thanks to its design and resilience to big loads, Fortelock is a good solution for any garage.
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
- They are softer than tiles or wood, because they contain a thin layer of felt or foam.
- They are produced in an incredible amount of patterns, including imitation wood and stone.
- The advantage is they are extraordinary resilience, lasting roughly 15 – 20 years.
- Under certain circumstances, they can be installed directly on the substrate without having to take out the old floor.
What are the disadvantages?
- Gluing the flooring is not difficult, but preparing a level surface is not exactly the easiest thing to do.
- The soft surface is good for your feet, but it can be easily scratched, for example, when moving around furniture. If you have an assembled variant, every piece can be easily changed. Otherwise, it’s possible to try a repair kit, but it only hides minor scratches.
- Thin variants (some vinyl floors have a thickness of only 2 mm) can easily shift or seize up.
- You could also experience problems with major changes in temperature, so you need to maintain adequate spacing during the installation. Condensate can also appear under the surface and destroy the substrate.
Vinyl floors are used in commercial areas, offices, living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The glued variants are good for rooms with underfloor heating. Their prices are little higher than for alternative floor coverings, but that hasn’t taken away from their popularity. Their desired features primarily include their different designs, their high wear resistance and easy installation. Homemakers will love how they can easily clean it without special cleaning agents. Do you need to hear more reasons why to choose vinyl?