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Laying PVC Flooring - Our go-to guide!

Laying PVC

One of the questions we are most frequently asked is upon which surface it is possible to lay PVC flooring. Indeed, it is not always easy to know if, for example, one can lay their PVC floor on parquet. That's why we've decided to put together a short guide to explain which floor is compatible with which surface!

Obviously, there may be some exceptions depending on the references, which is why we always advise you to read the PVC floor installation instructions of the products, just to be 100% sure.

Laying PVC Flooring: Vinyl Click Tiles

Vinyl click flooring is an excellent solution for those looking for easy lay flooring. The practical click system allows for a simple and hassle-free DIY project. One of our personal favourites is the Gerflor Senso Clic range, which you can view here.

Vinyl Click Tiles

Can be laid on:

Tiles: If the joints are too deep, one should apply a smoothing compound.

Concrete subfloor: If the floor has irregularities, we advise using a levelling compound.

Compact PVC flooring: Make sure that the floor is fixed and free of irregularities. If this is not the case, it is necessary to level it.

Glue-down parquet: One must remove glue down parquet. If the parquet is too soft, you should consider using a lining panel.

Cannot be laid on:

Carpeting: You must remove the carpet and apply a levelling coat if the surface is too uneven.

Laminate flooring: Remove it and apply a smoothing compound if the surface is not smooth.

Soundproof PVC flooring: You must remove this and level it if the surface is too uneven.

Underlay: Remove the underlay and if the floor is uneven, provide a levelling compound.

Laying PVC flooring: Glue Down PVC Tiles

One benefit with glue down PVC tiles is the fact it produces a very stable end result, which results in flooring you can really rely on. However, although it may be cheaper than other installation types, glue down flooring almost always requires a professional to get that desired seamless look! Why not check out our Project Floors floors@home/30 range?

Glue-Down PVC TilesCan be laid on:

Concrete subfloor: Clean the subfloor thoroughly before laying, then you're good to go!

Compact PVC flooring: Provided that it is in good condition, it's possible. If it is not, the subfloor must be removed.

Engineered parquet: Possible, but only if it is in good condition and not glued.

Tiles: Yes! However, if the joints are too deep, a smoothing compound must be applied.

Cannot be laid on:

Laminate flooring: Remove it and apply a smoothing compound if the surface is not smooth.

Carpeting: This must be removed and a levelling compound applied if the surface is too uneven.

Vinyl asbestos tile: NOT allowed.

Underlay: You must remove the underlay.

Laying PVC Flooring: Loose lay PVC tiles

Unlike click vinyl and glue down vinyl, loose lay vinyl has a specific backing which grips the subfloor through friction. This makes it exceptionally simple and stress-free for any DIY-ers. A great range we can recommend is the Gerflor Creation 55!

Loose Lay PVC

Can be laid on:

Concrete: 100%. However, if the floor has irregularities, we would advise levelling it.

Tiles: Yes! But, if the joints are too deep, one should apply a smoothing compound.

Glue down parquet: Provided that it is not glued! If so, remove the parquet. If the parquet is laid on joists, attach a lining panel.

Cannot be laid on:

Carpet: Unfortunately not - remove the carpet and level it if the surface is too uneven afterwards.

Underlay: Remove the underlay.

Underfloor heating: This must not exceed 28 degrees.

Laminate flooring: Not possible! You need to remove the laminate and apply a smoothing compound if the surface is not smooth.

So, we hope that has given you a little overview into how to prepare your subfloor before PVC installation. We know DIY can feel overwhelming and challenging at times, but it doesn't have to be! Sign up for our Newsletter to stay in the loop about our new DIY tips - and good luck!

Your BRICOFLOR Team x

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