A floor that combines the look of wood, natural stone, concrete, or another material with the convenience of plastic as a material? PVC floors offer many advantages. They are durable, easy to maintain, moisture resistant, … You can read everything about the properties, possible designs, and prices here.
WHAT IS A PVC FLOOR?
PVC floors are synthetic floors that consist of several layers of polyvinyl chloride. They are finished with a top layer of polyurethane (PU). This top layer is water-resistant and very wear and impact resistant. An overview of the advantages of this type of floor covering:
Durable and maintenance-friendly: PVC floors last a long time and require no special maintenance.
Sound-absorbing: due to the high density and because you place the floor directly on the surface.
Moisture resistant: this makes PVC floorboards also suitable for damp rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Inexpensive: PVC floors are cheaper than floors in the material they imitate.
Combinable with underfloor heating: PVC floor covering can be combined with all types of underfloor heating. Due to the good heat conduction of PVC, the underfloor heating also works very efficiently.
Feels comfortable: due to good heat conduction and because the floor quickly adapts to room temperature
Possible in different designs: possible in different colors, material imitations, and patterns.PRICE PVC FLOORS
A PVC floor is relatively cheap, especially compared to the materials it imitates. Count on a price from an average of € 20 per m2.
The range of PVC floorboards is very large. An overview of the possibilities:
The great advantage of PVC floorboards is that they combine the practical advantages of plastic as a material with the look of another material.
A PVC floor with a wood look or concrete look, a PVC floor with a tile motif or natural stone look,… The range of possible looks and accompanying structures is wide.
Moreover, these floors are almost indistinguishable from the material they imitate due to the beautiful designs and tactile structure.
COLOR PVC FLOORS
From a PVC floor in gray, white, black over a floor in light oak to PVC floors in concrete look gray, … Versions in different colors are possible.
Tip: each color creates its own unique effect. Choose the color in the function of the chosen material imitation to imitate the real material as closely as possible. For example, choose a wood-look PVC floor in light oak to create the look of a real wooden floor.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS
PVC floorboards are available in strips and tiles. You can create different patterns with them. For example, you can lay the strips lengthways, transversely, or in a herringbone pattern.
The strips are ideal for PVC floors with a wood motif. This way you give the impression of a real wooden plank floor. The tile version is best for PVC floors with a stone or concrete look.
INSTALL PVC FLOORING
How to Install the click PVC floor
In principle, you can place a PVC floor directly on the surface. It is important that the surface is smooth, pressure-resistant, clean, dry, stable, and free from grease, dust, and cracks. If the surface shows too many irregularities or if you want to add extra insulation, you can lay an underlay between the floor covering and the surface.
Furthermore, due to their limited thickness (usually varies between 2 mm and 7 mm), you can easily cut PVC strips or tiles into any size or shape. You can attach the floor parts to the surface in 3 ways:
FLOATING WITH CLICK CONNECTION
You can click the PVC floor parts together as you do with laminate, for example. The fact that the floor is floating means that it does not stick to the floor.
Advantages of a floating installation method: easy and quick to install – the floor parts are easy to remove afterward
Disadvantages of a floating installation method: the floor can bend and wear more quickly
A self-adhesive PVC floor has an adhesive layer. All you have to do is remove the sticker sheet from the adhesive layer and you can stick the tile or strip to the subfloor. In order to guarantee good adhesion, it is very important with this installation method that the subfloor is clean and dry.
Advantages of the self-adhesive installation method: easy and quick to install
Disadvantages of the self-adhesive laying method: residues may remain when peeled off
You have to cover the surface with a special PVC glue and then stick the PVC strips or tiles on it. This installation method is most recommended if the floor is used intensively.
Advantages of the glued installation method: the floor is very well established for a long time
Disadvantages glued laying method: slightly more difficult laying method – difficult to remove afterward
CAN I LAY A PVC FLOOR MYSELF?
With the necessary knowledge and skill, it is possible to install the PVC floor covering yourself. Would you rather not take any risks and be assured of correct installation and a nice end result? Then you do well to call in a professional installer.
We already mentioned that PVC floors are finished with a PU top layer. This wear layer makes the floor very strong so that it lasts a long time.
Furthermore, PVC floor covering is easy to maintain. Occasional vacuuming and mopping are sufficient. The PU top layer is moisture-resistant, so you can clean the floor with water without any problems.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PVC, VINYL, AND LINOLEUM?
PVC, vinyl, and linoleum floors are often considered the same thing. Although these floors are all synthetic floors, there are some differences.
PVC VS. VINYL FLOORS
Both floors consist of several layers. The difference is in the bottom layer. Vinyl floors have a foam-like underlay with resilient properties. This makes a vinyl floor softer and smoother so that prints remain in it faster with intensive use.
With a vinyl floor, the durability depends on the thickness of the top layer. The thicker the layer, the more durable the floor. PVC floors are stronger, more durable, and harder than vinyl floors due to their PU top layer.
A PVC floor is generally more expensive.
Vinyl is available in wider sizes allowing for a seamless finish.
Both floors can be combined with underfloor heating. With vinyl, the efficiency of the heating does depend on the thickness of the material.
Vinyl floors are less colorfast.
PVC VS. LINOLEUM FLOORS
The options in terms of designs and material imitations are more limited with linoleum.
Linoleum floors are more sensitive to scratches and moisture and require more care when cleaning.
Linoleum is generally more expensive.
A linoleum floor is made from, among other things, linseed oil and is therefore a natural and environmentally friendly product.
Both floors can be combined with underfloor heating. With linoleum, the efficiency of the heating does depend on the thickness of the material.