Vinyl flooring

Vinyl floors: definitions, types and strengths

the vinyl flooring are coatings made in PVC, that is in VinylChloruro, a polymer resulting from the distillation of petroleum and sodium chloride and used for a long time for the construction of floors and other living surfaces.

In the past this solution was not very widespread in the private building sector: the absence of a wide variability in the aesthetic finishes combined with the little technical information that made it confuse with the old linoleum have slowed its diffusion for years, confining it to the areas commercial or industrial.

In recent years the investments in the production phase and the consequents technological developments have brought PVC to the fore, so much so that in English-speaking countries the product has been renamed LVT, i.e. LuxuryVinyl Tiles, which, as the nouns indicate, focuses on the luxurious nature of the product.

PVC floors are no longer a fallback for those who cannot afford a prestigious parquet or porcelain stoneware floor but constitute a solution with a precise identity determined by some peculiar characteristics: a PVC floor, in fact, is practical, ecological, economic, and especially bello.

The practicality of a vinyl floor lies in the fact that it is in its version of adhesive vinyl floor than in that a click, it is very simple and inexpensive to install even in DIY, much more resistant to time and wear of hardwood floors, requires little maintenance and it’s perfect, thanks to minimum thicknesses, for overlaps on existing floors.

This feature of the pvc floor makes it possible not to modify doors and windows, an aspect that is by no means negligible during the renovation.

Thanks to its layer of protection on the surface a PVC floor enjoys great impact resistance e stains and its maintenance is very easy: you can do a daily cleaning with warm water and a neutral detergent and not with solvents, acetone or trichlorethylene which can damage it irreversibly.

Further attention should be paid to the risk of damage to surfaces deriving from sharp elements such as edges of furniture and the tips of chairs: in these cases the use of protective discs is recommended.

The fact that the vinyl parquet be 100% recyclable and that in many cases it is used as a valid alternative to wood-based materials, thus avoiding indiscriminate felling of trees, making it the perfect material for those who put the respect for the environment.

The recent technological evolution has allowed on the one hand thereduction of production costs and therefore of the average selling price, on the other hand it has raised the quality level of PVC floors which by now have nothing to envy from an aesthetic point of view to laminate floors, in some cases approaching wooden parquet.

The technical characteristics to be taken into consideration when evaluating the quality of a vinyl floor are above all total thickness and it wear layer: the higher they are, the more valuable and resistant the product is.

Vinyl floors: laying methods

PVC floors are divided into two broad categories, defined by the installation method:

  • adhesive vinyl flooring, characterized by the presence on the back of the dashboard of an adhesive strip that allows it to be installed;
  • click or interlocking PVC flooring, equipped with a tongue-and-groove interlocking system.

Whether it is a self-adhesive PVC or a click-through one, one of the winning characteristics of a PVC floor is to be extremely easy to install, even in DIY, thus further reducing processing costs.

First, you need to take care of the cleaning of the surface to be paved in such a way that it is totally dry and without traces of rising damp. If an overlap is to be made, the existing floor must be cleaned and degreased very carefully and use a leveling suitable in case of irregularities in the underlying surface.

Vancouver Hyperceramic pvc flooring
As for the installation of self-adhesive PVC floors, you must always start from the center of the room by removing the adhesive protection, placing the product in position and squeezing from the center to the sides forcefully; for the following blades it will be necessary to proceed according to the installation direction illustrated by an arrow on the back of the product.

When you reach the walls of the room, the excess part is cut with a very simple cutter.

When laying a click PVC flooring, it may be useful to interpose a suitable one between the PVC and the underlying flooring mattress, in order to better absorb the small imperfections of the bottom and increase acoustic insulation and comfort.

Finally, we would like to point out that an adhesive pvc floor is suitable for mounting on underfloor heating (up to 28 ° degrees of temperature) but small precautions are necessary during the installation phase, such as the suspension of the heating for at least 48 hours before and after the installation. in opera.

Adhesive vinyl flooring

Self-adhesive PVC usually has a thickness of about 2mm and a wear layer of 0.2mm, is very easy to install but it has a limited duration and resistance over time. For these aspects it is recommended to install it only in residential dress.

Quercus Brown Hyperceramic vinyl flooring
Clearly, beyond the installation system, it is possible to choose from many finishes on the market: for example Iperceramica, as regards self-adhesive PVC flooring, proposes 18 models ranging from teak effect to larch to oak.

Vinyl flooring: easy to install with one click

The interlocking PVC floors have a thickness ranging from a minimum of 3.2 mm to a maximum of 5 mm, with a wear layer that usually ranges from 0.2 mm to 0.55 mm: they are, therefore, perfectly suitable for environments with higher crowding such as shops, offices, hotels, as well as of course in the residential sector.

Vinyl floors
Technological progression has made it possible to produce vinyl floors that propose again with extreme fidelity thereal wood aesthetics in the most varied colors and textures; the practicality of use and the water resistance typical of plastic polymers, it can also be laid in environments with a lot of humidity such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Compared to adhesive PVC, the type with interlocking installation is on average more qualitative and thanks to its greater thickness and rigidity, it prevents the floor from reproducing imperfections and small misalignments, such as joints, of the underlying surface when used overlapping.

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PVC flooring

IperceramicaIf you are going to renew the image of one’s home with little, without dismantling anything and not even the flooring, if you want to renovate the floor without take it off, lay tiles on top of other tiles and maybe prefer the wood effect, therefore the parquet, then it is good to contact the company Iperceramica who will be able to to introduce the countless products available including the very latest parquet pre-finished.

There are many types of PVC floors available, some of which perfectly manage to reproduce the effects of wood. Iperceramica is the largest chain Italian of shops for the sale of floors, walls, parquet and furniture bathroom, its offer always combines design and quality of materials, always convenient for the client, a complete range of products in step with the latest trends.

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