When it comes to vinyl, most people think of their grandma’s old linoleum kitchen or simple hospital waiting room.
But in fact, technological advancements have made vinyl one of the flooring industries most stylish and versatile products that bears little resemblance to the old lino of the past.
Vinyl is produced in the form of vinyl planks, vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl and are made to replicate the looks of modern timber, stone or classic simplicity. Vinyl is best known for its water-resistant and hard-wearing qualities, but it is also ultra-low maintenance, quiet and soft underfoot and is designed to be scuff and scratch resistant.
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Types Of Vinyl For Your Home:
Luxury Vinyl Plank Or Tile:
For your home, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are the perfect flooring solution for those high-traffic areas like living areas, hallways and even wet areas like your kitchen or laundry. they have an inbuilt polyurethane wear layer that families with children and pets will find very hard to scratch or scuff. Unlike ceramic tils or hardwood floors, vinyl planks and tiles are softer and quieter due to how to products are produced. There is a seemingly endless variety of modern timber or stone looks that will suit any design aesthetic without compromising durability or style.
Sheet vinyl comes in all the styles and patterns that luxury vinyl planks and tiles do. It is mainly used to modernise smaller areas like kitchen and laundries. It can be a cheaper alternative then planks or tiles but has the disadvantage of not being as resistant to scratches or scuffs and is susceptible to tearing by pets with long claws or dragging heavy furniture.
Installation And Floor Prep:
Luxury vinyl planks, tiles and sheet vinyl can either be glued down to the subfloor with product specific adhesives or loose laid without adhesive. It depends on what product you choose and the manufacturers installation recommendation. Glued down products are more durable as they are less likely to move and expand or contract. Vinyl planks and tiles are usually installed in a straight configuration with either a random, ashlar or brick pattern. For a more elegant and classier look, vinyl planks can also be installed in the herringbone style.
Most vinyl products require some degree of floor preparation in one way or another. Vinyl needs a generally level, smooth and solid sub-floor for correct installation and to be covered under the manufacturer’s warranties. How smooth or rough your sub-floor is will determine the level of floor prep needed and will ultimately affect the final aesthetic finish.
Common concrete sub-floor preparations:
- Grind with a hand grinder or stand-up machine to remove any imperfections like bumps or excess concrete lumps.
- Patch holes in the sub-floor with Ardit floor repairer.
- Skim coat sub-floor with Ardit feather finish screed to make smooth.
- If the sub-floor is really rough and undulated, we can top the sub-floor with Ardit self-leveling flow-coat from 1mm to 10mm high to make smooth.
Common timber sub-floor preparations:
- Sand down sub-floor raised edges or joints to make smooth.
- Supply and install Masonite or plywood boards over existing sub-floor. These products get stapled or glued down and make for smooth finish ready for installation.
- New advances in Ardit self-levelling flow-coat technology now mean we can smooth out timber sub-floors with concrete screed just like a concrete sub-floor.