Before commenting on the various types of vinyl flooring you can find, we will show you a summary of those aspects we must consider when choosing one and installing it in our home.
Place where it will be installed.
Where is the vinyl flooring planned to be installed? For example, more moisture-resistant materials and a different installation method will be needed in the bathroom than in a room. On the other hand, highly frequented places such as an office will require a more durable vinyl floor.
Maintenance and cleaning
Vinyl floors are generally chosen for this aspect and do not require much maintenance or cleaning. However, we recommend avoiding areas with excessive sun exposure or looking for ways to reduce them.
This guide will discuss the various installation methods available for each type of vinyl flooring. One of the significant advantages this floor offers is that it can be installed without the need to do any work, so it can also be installed in almost any space.
Design and style
This is another key aspect that you should not forget. Before deciding on one, browse through the various options and do not be afraid of taking too long choosing the design. The colours, patterns and materials must harmonise with the rest of the place’s decoration.
Other things we should also take into account
Finally, we want to remind you that before installing the floor, you must ensure that the previous floor is well levelled to achieve an optimal result. Also, if your home has radiant heating, you should look for suitable vinyl flooring.
Choose the most suitable vinyl flooring for you.
Once we know more about how to choose the type of vinyl flooring, it is time to decide. What types exist? Below, we detail them to help you make a decision.
Types of vinyl floors according to installation methods
As we have mentioned before, it is not necessary to do any work to install this type of flooring, thanks to its simple application. We can do it in the following ways that we describe.
Lock system: easy installation guaranteed
This installation method ensures that gaps between the boards are eliminated throughout the useful life of our floor. Thanks to the pressure exerted on the slats, we can reinforce their union and prevent it from being carried out incorrectly.
Drop Lock: easy to install and remove
This system allows us to perform a quick and easy installation without additional materials. The slat to be installed is adjusted longitudinally to the one already in place, and a couple of light blows are made with the help of a rubber hammer. The advantage of this type of vinyl flooring is that it can also be quickly dismantled, despite its great durability.
Strong and safe material
Despite its easy installation, its resistance is not affected. This means that the material they are made of (mostly PVC ) is resistant to substantial impacts and frequent use.
Placing vinyl flooring in your bathroom will provide you with a shock-absorbing material that is unlikely to be damaged or stained. And, if it does happen, it will be easily repairable or cleaned.
Glueing: ensuring a lasting result
If you are concerned about the durability of the floor, a good option is to have vinyl floors installed using glueing. To do this, you will only have to glue the surface on which you want to install it and place the slats longitudinally, one next to the other. You will need to apply some pressure to make sure the adhesive is working properly.
With this type of floor, you will gain greater resistance and stability, making it ideal for areas with a lot of traffic.
Loose Lay, quick and easy
The last installation method that you will be able to find is the Loose Lay. In this, you will need double-sided tape to be able to place the tiles. This type of vinyl floor does not have machining on the edges like the others, so it is important to tighten the pieces together during installation.
What else should we know about the types of vinyl flooring?
Within these installation methods, we can separate them into those with a click system or carry them out with an adhesive method. The click system allows us to join the pieces to each other without the need to use any type of adhesive.
If you are looking for a durable and resistant result, you can opt for the adhesive, but you will have to ensure the condition of the floor is correctly levelled and not too porous.