Practical Variety - What You Should Know About Vinyl Flooring

Practical Variety - What You Should Know About Vinyl Flooring

In terms of production and variety, vinyl floors have developed a lot over time: they offer a wide range of exciting designs and are - with the right seal - harmless to health.

Rustic wood look, more elegant Marble or exotic design - Vinyl flooring is more popular than ever. This is mainly because they combine many advantages of different types of flooring: they are warm and quiet like parquet, easy to clean and hygienic like tiles and available in a variety of decors such as laminate. But where does the sudden popularity come from? What do you have to consider when buying? And how to lay the vinyl flooring, also known as "design flooring"?

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Harmless to health

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC for short, has been used as base material for floors for around 80 years. Vinyl floors are therefore already much longer than the also popular laminate floors. In the past, vinyl floors were more for pure functionality and boredom than for comfort and beautiful designs. PVC floors were practical and cheap. They were moved to hospitals, nursing homes and offices. There were also health concerns: In order to make the material suitable for use as a floor covering, phthalate softeners were generally used in the past. Disposal also posed a problem for a long time. Accordingly, vinyl floors had a negative reputation.

But that has changed in the meantime. The well-known manufacturers in Europe today do without phthalates and use harmless substances. This development is a major reason for the sharp increase in sales of vinyl flooring in Germany. The requirements for certified floor coverings produced in the EU are strict. One should therefore always pay attention to the country of manufacture and special seals of the manufacturers, because there are still products that are not produced according to the stricter regulations.

With the boring PVC coverings in musty offices of the 1970s, today's products have not much more in common. They are available in a variety of designs. After disposal, the floor coverings are recycled. They produce new, but inferior plastic products from them. For the end user, the following applies: You dispose of the floor over hazardous waste.

Easy to install, functional and attractive

Practical handling starts with installation. Thanks to smooth click systems and easy cutting, the laying of vinyl floors is easy even for DIY enthusiasts. To get the planks or tiles to the right length, you do not need a saw: scratching with a craft knife and then kinking by hand are enough.

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Once laid, design coverings are very easy to clean and easy to clean. Vacuum and wet wipe - you do not have to do more: no oiling, no polishing, just like with the laminate. In addition, there are some similarities: When laying on screed, you must first lay out a PE film - unless you stick the floor. Floating, ie non-glued laying requires a footfall sound insulation under the floor covering. These are available separately for rolling out or integrated directly into the floor covering. Much depends on the individual installation situation. The same applies to the question of whether to select vinyl floors on HDF substrate or as a solid floorboard.

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A distinction is generally made between vinyl on HDF board, which has a similar structure is like laminate, and solid vinyl, also called full vinyl. Vinyl on HDF carrier can only be laid floating. It is always click vinyl and has a thickness of about 10 millimeters. Solid vinyl is available as click vinyl for floating installation, self-adhesive or with and without click system for bonding with dispersion adhesive.

If the manufacturers or distributors speak of adhesive vinyl, different things can be meant:

  • 1.) Self-adhesive vinyl without click system, which is about 2 millimeters thick
  • 2.) Solid vinyl without click system For bonding with a dispersion adhesive, also approx. 2 mm thick
  • 3.) Solid vinyl with click system, which can be fixed with dispersion adhesive, approx. 5 mm thick.
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Installation on existing Flooring sometimes possible

Not every decor is available in 2 and 5 millimeter versions. Especially for renovations, if you z. B. old tiles not previously removed, the thinner version is suitable. Especially in the field of doors you have to measure exactly. When laying on tiles, you must first bring the joints with leveling compound to a height with the tiles. The thinner the floor covering to be laid, the smoother the laying surface must be. Unlike tiles, you should not lay vinyl on an existing parquet floor. The wood "works" and permanently damages the vinyl floor. Therefore, one must remove the old parquet floor before laying a vinyl floor.

Due to the very low thermal resistance, vinyl floors are well suited as a floor covering over a floor heating system. There are differences in the type of installation, which are also important for the use of underfloor heating. Basically, you should pay attention to the manufacturer's information.

Better than laminate, vinyl cuts off its sound-insulating properties in everyday life: The floors transmit significantly less noise within the room and into adjoining rooms. Also, the thickness of the floor is lower, which is advantageous in certain renovation situations. For this laminate is more robust. You have to be careful with heavy objects on vinyl floors.

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Finding the right floor

For whom is vinyl the right floor covering? The choice of designs and shapes is large, with prices ranging from very low to those of upper middle class parquet floors. Against this background should therefore be something for most. If you also want a light cleaning, a warm foot feel and a good soundproofing, the vinyl is very well served. For those who like it completely natural, solid or multi-layer parquet is the right choice. This can also be sanded when it is scratched. Like vinyl not abradable, but very cheap and particularly robust are laminate floors. Anyone today who is faced with deciding on a floor covering is in a good situation: the selection has never been so big.


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