What is vinyl?

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Vinyl is an extremely popular floor, which convinces with many advantages and resembles real wood. This floor is known and popular among others for its versatile appearance, as well as numerous designs and high quality properties.

Vinyl flooring advantages

One of the biggest advantages of vinyl is that it is so incredibly durable and scratch-resistant, and to that it is also ideal for damp areas .Vinyl is not a natural product, but is 100% plastic (vinyl flooring composition). This initially acts on many customers deterrent, but the expected disadvantages of a product made of plastic, are converted in vinyl to its absolute advantages. After all, precisely because no wood is used here, it is not necessary to be so strict, for example, to ensure that moisture does not get on the surface of the floor. Thus, vinyl is insensitive to moisture and also very easy to maintain.

Vinyl is also, compared to laminate or tiles extremely warm to the feet and therefore also well suited for your living areas, such as the dining room, bedroom or living room. Also in questions of design and optics no deductions have to be made with vinyl floors. Thanks to the latest technologies, any pattern and any tone is possible, and so vinyl is often not too easy to distinguish visually from the original. Whether it's tile, natural stone, strip flooring or granite, you're allowed to be creative at this point. Even two-sided or four-sided bevels are possible here. A chamfer is a joint that is either surrounding or on two sides of the individual slabs, e.g. in the case of bar patterns. This creates a 3D appearance. Due to the innovative printing and embossing technology, the individual designs are printed on the surface of the individual carrier plates and can therefore also be individually designed. This makes vinyl flooring a popular product, both in the private sector and in the commercial sector, because despite its comparatively low price, it still looks very high quality and elegant.

Vinyl flooring properties

But what is this wonderful floor actually made of? That it is a plastic floor, has already been mentioned. The plastic used invinyl is called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Since this plastic is extremely hard, among other things, small amounts of plasticizers are processed in the floor. Nevertheless, vinyl, through strict controls, is no longer as previously assumed harmful to health, but is subject to uniform standards.

You can lay vinyl floors both floating, as well as fully glued. Especially for damp rooms, we would recommend vinyl for gluing, as this ensures that no moisture can penetrate under the vinyl. When gluing, the individual panels are glued to the substrate over the entire surface. It is important to note here that the subfloor is free of unevenness or dirt. In the case of floating installation, an additional underlay should be laid for optimum impact sound protection. In the best case, this should have an integrated moisture barrier.

Since vinyl is available in different thicknesses, it is actually excellent for renovation work. Solid vinyl, for example, with 2-4 mm is glued over the entire surface and from 4-6 mm , thesolid vinyl is also available for clicking, for floating installation. Due to the special click connection, the individual elements are here only clicked together and make the installation even for amateur craftsmen to an ease. Another popular variant is click vinyl with an integrated HDF core board, which has a thickness of 9-12 mm. The carrier plate provides additional impact sound insulation, which means that no further underlayment is required for impact sound insulation. Since here we are working with an HDF material, it can swell in the presence of moisture and is therefore not recommended for damp rooms.

Vinyl flooring also includes design flooring. This combines the positive properties of the popular vinyl flooring with the highest requirements for ecology and healthy living. Developed for particularly sensitive minds, the design floor is completely PVC and plasticizer free. Thus, it meets the very highest demands of our ecologically conscious clientele. In addition, the design floor, due to its strong real wood character, gives every room a very special touch.

Vinyl, like many other floor coverings, is divided and offered in different use classes, depending on the planned use and stress. The degree of use of the so-called wear layer is classified by the use classes. Depending on the use of the vinyl floor, the use classes 21/22/23 are recommended for private use and 31/32/33 for commercial use. Here, the second digit stands for the intensity of use, "1" for low, "2" for medium and "3" for high use .

Atwww.parket you will find vinyl and design flooring from a wide range of manufacturers such as Kaindl, Haro, Wineo, Parador, Classen, Meister and Tarkett.