VINYL FLOORS AND PVC

CHARACTERISTIC

Floor coverings are celebrating a new superstar: vinyl. The new material is literally wiping the floor with its laminate and wooden counterparts, as it combines the advantages (but not the drawbacks) of both: easy installation, simple maintenance, elasticity, resistance and a wide variety of colours and designs. Whilst you might associate the acronym PVC (polyvinyl chloride) with school halls covered with some tasteless sort of plastic vainly trying to imitate marble or parquet, the vinyl of the present day is miles away from that. Comparing the two materials would be like trying to match a senior club tournament in Lower Hamleton against the Champions League. Today, you can choose from soft PVC rolls and lamellas or hardened vinyl tiles which can reproduce trendy types of flooring to a very nice standard. Choose e.g. from weather-beaten wood, natural stone, retro tiles or tread plate designs. Vinyl bravely resists water and abrasion; unlike wood, vinyl does not change dimensions with temperature and humidity; unlike laminate, vinyl feels warmer, more noiseless and softer, undemanding to care for, with easy installation. Just be careful about its expansivity and choose a version with the lowest possible expandability.

ADVANTAGES

  • Dirt resistant
  • Stable in dimensions
  • Durable, hard, but flexible
  • Relatively low acquisition costs
  • Easy to maintain
  • They don’t mind water
  • Soft beneath your feet, they are beneficial to tendons and joints
  • Resistant to mechanical damage (vinyl tiles are much more resistant than PVC rolls)
  • A wide range of designs
  • Excellent heat insulation and acoustic properties
  • Possible to interconnect all rooms without interruption

DRAWBACKS

  • It is not a natural material
  • Professional installation using the right type of adhesive is necessary
  • The cheaper the surface, the more expensive the underlayment
  • Three-layer structures are sensitive to damp

INSTALLATION

Vinyl floors require a perfectly level, clean and dry underlayment with zero presence of grease or chemical substances. Old adhesives need to be removed. Vinyl must also never get exposed to freezing cold! If you are interested in this service, we can procure the installation as well as turnkey floor delivery.

PROTECTION

The surface is treated yet during the manufacturing process and no special protection is necessary.

CLEANING

Vinyl floors can be swept or vacuumed using a machine featuring a tool for smooth surfaces. Stains can be removed using a damp cloth; however, the best tool is the Bona Spray Mop.

PRICE

From about CZK 250 to 2,500 per m².

Tip

„If you desire to have a wooden floor in your bathroom or kitchen but are afraid of damp and not very keen on investing into hardwood, be sure to go for vinyl! The result is likely to exceed your expectations. Wood lookalike patterns on vinyl flooring look very authentic, whilst being absolutely comfortable with water.“