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VINYL FLOORING - FROM A SMALL NICHE PRODUCT TO THE MARKET LEADER OF FLOOR COVERINGS

A vinyl floor in plank and tile format is more than just a PVC floor cut into pieces: although some skeptics still do not associate a positive image with vinyl flooring and call it a 'plastic product' in reference to the artificial appearance of inferior PVC rolls, vinyl flooring is the most popular flooring group today and has the highest annual percentage growth rates.

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The success of the vinyl flooring has several reasons: Particularly crucial are the multifunctional application possibilities both in living rooms and in commercial areas. The variety of installation options (click system, loose lay, self adhesive, glue down) and designs, which now make the LVT flooring look as authentic as the organic product thanks to digital printing technology, good acoustic and thermal properties .

VINYL FLOORING, LVT FLOORING - THE DIFFERENT NAMES OF THE VERSATILE ALL-ROUNDER

If you look for the broadly positioned all-rounder, then you will definitely come across the number one question: How is the product actually called? The trendy floor covering is known by many names. This is the result of the history of its creation: its many years of development in the 2000s, which took place simultaneously by various flooring manufacturers, brought it new names, as each manufacturer initially gave this new product an individual name. 

Now a colorful mixture of titles circulates on the market . Many manufacturers initially preferred to call the flooring type "luxury vinyl" or "vinyl flooring", especially for image and marketing purposes, in order to avoid any association with the less popular LVT roll material.

LVT AS THE PRECURSOR - THIS IS HOW THE SUCCESS STORY BEGAN

There was a shortage of raw materials of all kinds during the Second World War, so some companies turned to "vinyl", which had previously been unexplored. Initially, it was tested as an alternative to rubber . After the war, the use of vinyl began to flourish: The decisive factor was the use of the material as the main component of the increasingly popular vinyl record! Vinyl then found its way more and more into household use. 

The most different household goods and everyday objects were made of vinyl. No wonder, that the material was soon to be used for flooring. In the 1960s, the elastic floor covering was celebrated as a cost-effective alternative to parquet.

The trendy floor covering then came into the bad light when it was found to produce harmful vapors. The softeners it contained caused a stir and reduced the initial euphoria. However, soon after than the industry turned to LVT flooring again when harmless plasticizers were developed!

THE LVT FLOORING - THE ADVANTAGES OF VINYL

In the course of time, the LVT floor has been continuously developing technically and optically . Better dimensional stability and durability could have been achieved by more innovative material compositions . Better rollers and printing techniques also provided more authentic surface images.

As the 2000s progressed, the final step was taken, to develop a completely new type of flooring by introducing a new type of production in plank and tile format and the associated variety of installation options (including the click option). Not only did the modular flooring look even more authentic, but it also made installation quicker and easier than the LVT in roll, which initiated the triumph of vinyl flooring.

THE MOST COMMON NAME OF HIGH-QUALITY FLOORING

In recent years, the terminology of "vinyl flooring", has become more and more established, as the new type of flooring has now become ingrained and has clearly separated itself from the former LVT flooring.

Nowadays, covering is available in a variety of designs with a wide range of advantages and technical extras. The name no longer plays a role, and vinyl floors are still known by all names.

ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE - THE ADVANTAGES OF LVT FLOORING

The continuous development of LVT flooring has led to the fact that it now combines a number of practical advantages with a good design: offered in four different installation options, vinyl floors are an excellent choice for all areas, both for private and commercial use. It comes in countless designs and decors , from a wooden look to authentic stone replicas, there are no limits to the possibilities!

THE WET ROOM SUITABILITY - PERFECT FOR KITCHEN AND BATHROOM

A particularly positive aspect of this floor covering is its suitability for use in damp rooms . LVT can easily withstand very high humidity. Thanks to its 100% water-repellent material , moisture, and wetness have no chance. It is not possible to swell the vinyl floor , as is the case with parquet or laminate flooring  so that guarantees a long product life even under harsh conditions. 

Check, the 'bathroom vinyl flooring' and 'kitchen vinyl flooring' categories, in particular, those are ideal for installation damp in rooms!

This floor covering is a real alternative to the cool feel of classic ceramic tiles . Those who prefer the warm and friendly look of wooden floors should also go for wood vinyl flooring. Due to the multiple surface designs, there is a suitable choice for every taste. LVT, therefore, provides more joy and variety in the kitchen and bathroom!

SMALL BUT FINE - LUXURY VINYL FLOORING WITH LOW INSTALLATION LEVEL

Many floor coverings are difficult to renovate. This is often due to high installation height . The installation height is the total thickness of the product . If the floor covering is too thick, there may be a blockage at doors and transitions to other rooms, which requires further work steps such as sanding doors. To avoid this, it is worth investing in LVT flooring!

This is distinguished by its characteristically low construction height, vinyl plank is particularly thin . This usually has an installation height of just 2 mm (self adhesive vinyl flooring) or 4 - 5 mm (vinyl click flooring) . This means that doors do not have to be sanded down during renovation, which is particularly important for glass doors. 

The offset to other rooms is clearly smaller than with other floor coverings  so that with this flooring no trip hazards arise. An LVT is, therefore, the ideal floor covering for every renovation project, for a final beautiful result!

FLOORING COVERING WITH QUIET ACOUSTICS - FOR MORE QUALITY OF LIFE

Anyone who has ever walked over laminate flooring with heels knows how important a quiet floor covering really is. The unpleasant noise not only irritates yourself but also your neighbors!

Vinyl flooring often offers quieter acoustic properties , which ensure a pleasant feeling while being walk on. Sounds are simply swallowed and transmitted to the subfloor below. The first-class sound-absorbing features of LVT flooring are reinforced by sound insulation in vinyl click flooring. The floor can be walked on again without any worries and provides more joy and lightness in everyday life.

LUXURY VINYL FOR THE SMALL WALLET - THE OPTIMAL PRICE-PERFORMANCE RATIO OF cheap LVT FLOORING

Parquet is too expensive, laminate has a low-quality - the price of a floor covering should always be in good proportion to the quality. While wooden floors are often extremely expensive and laminate is very affordable but also cheaply looking, vinyl flooring has an optimal price-performance ratio . It is much cheaper and only slightly more expensive than laminate. However, its technical achievements pay off in the long term.

A floor covering that has high quality and the most modern functional properties promise an attractive overall appearance for many years to come. Luxury vinyl prices are therefore justified. BRICOFLOR also offers cheap vinyl flooring that can save you the money . 

FOR TOUGH DAYS - HIGH DURABILITY WITH LVT

In areas with a significantly high frequency of use, a floor covering must be able to withstand even the heaviest loads. Luxury vinyl has a high-quality wear layer that protects the floor from scratches. This makes the flooring particularly resistant to pressure and similar activity. 

LVT vinyl flooring simply goes along with everything without losing its beauty . It is even used in the industrial sector and ensures a brilliant result under the most difficult conditions.

HOW TO BUY A RIGHT FLOORING? - AUTHENTICITY DOWN TO THE SMALLEST DETAIL 

If you enter a room, even as a professional you often cannot tell at first glance which floor covering is in it because LVT flooring is now a deceptive alternative to the original models. The chic luxury vinyl flooring has the true power of transformation . It often resembles its optical models down to the smallest grain!

The decors are so authentic and lifelike that they can no longer be distinguished with the naked eye . Even a touch cannot tell for sure whether it is a "real" stone floor or "real" parquet. LVT convinces with extremely natural designs so that it cannot be determined whether the original or the high-quality replica is made of the organic products.

Grains, knotholes and similar details are integrated into the surface at an exact point, making it look realistic. This does not make it completely smooth but gives it a noticeable texture that feels like its natural model . Flooring with imprint structure makes the room look particularly natural without sacrificing the visual qualities of its originals.

UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES - VINYL FLOORING IN ALL COLORS AND SHAPES

LVT flooring is available in a wide variety of decors . There are no limits to your imagination . From classic pine looks to modern concrete replicas, the vinyl plank offers a wide range of designs. In addition to the typical floor coverings, the LVT also has designs that are more unusual.

Atypical patterns and unique structures make the floor a real germ. Anyone who likes the classic look of oak will be just as satisfied with wood effect vinyl flooring as someone who likes the LVT bold and eye-catching.

Everyone knows it: vinyl flooring quickly looks cheap on larger surfaces . One reason for this is the many repetitions of the pattern . They make a surface appear artificial and provide an inferior result. An important feature of high-quality luxury vinyl is its low number of pattern repetitions. Because each plank has a slightly modified surface, the floor appears more natural.

THE RIGHT TECHNIQUE FOR EVERY AREA - THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSTALLATION

In order to make the laying of LVT flooring accessible to everyone, there are various systems . In addition, different mechanisms are suitable for different areas . Anyone who decides on a stylish design floor should, therefore, make sure that the type of installation is suitable for the desired purpose. Otherwise, there is a risk of irreparable damage, which in the worst case can lead to the entire floor covering having to be replaced

Anyone who wants to achieve the best possible result in the long term without worrying about durability should find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of the individual systems.

TO PREVENT PROBLEMS - THE RIGHT PREPARATION FOR INSTALLATION

A premature installation can lead to mistakes that affect the overall picture. At best, the process starts 24 hours before the actual layout . The vinyl floor packages should be placed in the designated room and placed next to each other in small stacks.

Since this flooring has a thermoplastic material , it expands at higher temperatures. If laid after immediate storage in a cold place, it may be damaged by the expansion of the LVT flooring. Old coverings and unevenness in the substrate should also be removed. Depending on the type of vinyl plank, this point is more or less important. In all cases, the floor should be free of dust and smaller particles .

EVERYTHING AS IF TOUCHED BY MAGIC - SELF ADHESIVE VINYL PLANKS

Self adhesive vinyl flooring opens up a wide range of possibilities, especially for living areas. The pioneers here are particularly Tarkett and Gerflor . Its diverse design perspectives and particularly easy installation.

Self adhesive plank flooring does not require a complex tool to be placed on the floor . However, the substrate must be prepared optimally: Dust, grease, and bumps cause an uneven contact surface and can cause the floor to shift or push the bumps through to the surface.

As an option, an adhesive primer can also be used to increase the adhesive strength in order to guarantee the optimum bond between the self adhesive vinyl flooring and the subfloor.

The final installation: first, the protective film is removed from the self adhesive back of the plank and then the planks can be laid end to end. The floor can be walk on directly after the installation as the individual planks are protected from slipping.

MAKING THE DIY'ER A PROFESSIONAL - LAYING VINYL CLICK FLOORING

Probably the most popular method for DIY'ers is the installation of luxury vinyl click flooring . There is a multitude of different click systems, each depending on the manufacturer of the LVT click.

The profiles of the two planks come together in varying ways. Click vinylis available in three different versions , which differ slightly in their materials. However, this does not change the installation method, which remains simple, precise and fast as usual.

vinyl click

Vinyl plank flooring has a particularly low construction height of approx. 4 to 5 mm . The construction sketch of the click lock vinyl flooring shows the simple construction: The LVT consists of a vinyl board, which is made dimensionally stable by glass fibers, a decorative paper and a wear layer (usually made of polyurethane).

The low overall thickness makes the design floor ideal for all renovation work , as doors do not have to be sanded down and there is no noticeable difference to the other rooms. A disadvantage is that unevenness in the subfloor is more likely to appear on the surface and push through. Therefore, the floor must be carefully prepared for the laying of LVT flooring. 

Thanks to the water-resistant material of which vinyl plank is made, it is also ideal for wet rooms. This floor ing offers a pleasant alternative to cold stone tiles and also brings maximum comfort and warmth out of the bathroom.

Multi-layer vinyl HDF vinyl

 Vinyl flooring with a multi-layer is about twice as strong as classic vinyl flooring covering, it consists of an HDF carrier board with a vinyl layer laminated on top, a decorative paper and a wear layer. In most cases, the multi-layer vinyl also has an integrated impact sound insulation. A total thickness of up to 10 mm is therefore not unusual, but thanks to the non-elastic HDF carrier board it easily compensates for irregularities in the floor. 

Thanks to the robustness of the base plate, the LVT vinyl flooring can be used in a wide range of applications, for example when laying on ceramic tiles or on slightly uneven surfaces.

The only disadvantage: In damp rooms, you should rely on an additional surface sealing. This is the only way to prevent the HDF carrier board from swelling, as it often consists of coniferous wood fibres.

rigit vinyl

The Rigid Vinyl is the latest model on the click vinyl market. It is made of a new carrier material, which provides even more stability and strength. Enriched with stone or limestone, for the thermoplastic elasticity of this floor covering. This makes it less sensitive to heat and more durable.

Unlike other types of vinyl, it is therefore resistant to temperatures of up to 60 degrees. As with multi-layer vinyl, rigid vinyl often incorporates impact sound insulation. This saves additional costs and facilitates installation. In addition, Rigid-Vinyl is warm to the foot and gentle on the joints, which provides a pleasant walking comfort even when walking barefoot.

An advantage that rigid vinyl has over the other types is that it does not require much time before the actual installation. The original typical "weak points" of LVT flooring and multi-layer vinyl floors have been compensated and improved in rigid vinyl. The click mechanism is significantly less fragile and the stretch and shrinkage is reduced by the thermoplastic change. Overall, the rigid vinyl flooring forms a dimensionally stable and extremely solid form of the classic vinyl plank.

EASY AND SIMPLE - INSTALL LOOSE LAY VINYL FLOORING

The loose lay vinyl is a perfect choice for small surfaces. The vinyl loose lay is extremely stable and adheres optimally to the substrate thanks to its high weight. A big advantage despite the quick and easy installation is that the surface is protected from damage. Even if the floor is removed and re-laid several times, it remains free of traces. 

The planks are easy to pick up so that replacement and cleaning work better than with any other LVT. The planks are laid end-to-end which results in a consistently beautiful floor that can withstand everyday pressure without any problems.

THE CLASSIC LAYING TECHNIQUES - COVER EVERY AREA WITH SELF ADHESIVE VINYL FLOORING

The most original way of laying LVT is self adhesive vinyl planks. Installation is not easy and requires a lot of skill and knowledge. The base must be perfectly level, as even the smallest particles can be seen on the surface due to the low overall thickness.

The bonding itself is very demanding and should be planned precisely. The vinyl planks are arranged one after the other in the adhesive bed and can only be walk on without risk after they are completely dry. The positioning of the planks and the choice of the right amount of adhesive plays a particularly important role. This is the only way to prevent slipping. 

Once laid, the adhesive vinyl offers many advantages that no other flooring has. The LVT flooring has an enormously thin construction height. Usually, this is just 2 mm. This makes the self adhesive vinyl an ideal choice for renovation. No sanding of the doors is necessary, the transition to other rooms becomes almost invisible.

In addition, this floor covering can withstand even the heaviest loads. Since pressure points occur especially with thicker floor heights, the LVT is resistant to this effect. It is also a good alternative in damp rooms, as it is completely moisture-repellent when sealed accordingly. Water damage has no chance and the bathroom and kitchen shine for a long time with a perfect floor covering.

Self adhesive vinyl flooring is a good choice for many rooms and applications. Bonding requires some skill but offers unlimited possibilities.

SUITABLE FOR ANY AREA - THE AREAS WHERE LVT FLOORING CAN BE USED

In order to know which floor covering is suitable for which area of use, check the service class – it provides information about its usage. The service class appears as a small number on the product data-sheet. It indicates what the floor can withstand and what loads it can permanently withstand.

If someone unknowingly chooses the wrong service class, the floor covering can show the signs of wear after just a few months if used incorrectly! It then loses its valuable properties and no longer meets the promised requirements. If you want to enjoy your LVT for a long time, you should pay attention to the choice of a service class. This is the only way to guarantee a long term beautiful and even result.

FLOORING FOR YOUR OWN FOUR WALLS – IN NUMBERS

The service classes for the living area begin with number two. They have a wear layer between 0.20 mm and 0.30 mm. Products with the service class 21 are suitable for areas with low traffic, products with the number 23 and above - for highly frequented areas

In terms of the entrance area and corridor, higher service classes should be selected for the best results. Those areas are being used more intensely than other rooms due to the constant foot traffic and therefore must be equipped with a thicker wear layer.

CARRIES EVERY LOAD – LVT FLOORING FOR THE HIGH TRAFFIC AREA

In shops and offices, the abrasion and daily use of flooring are even higher. The design floor is put to the test every day. 

To ensure that these areas also present a long-lasting beautiful overall picture, there are special classes of use for the contract sector. They begin with number 3 and therefore have a wear layer between 0.30 mm and 0.50 mm. Here, the height of the service class depends on the increasing load.

In addition, there is even a service class for the industrial sector. The use of heavy machines and materials must be considered when choosing the floor covering. The classes for the industrial sector begin with number 4 and have a wear layer thickness of up to 1.0 mm.

In its early days, the vinyl floor covering did not enjoy a good reputation. Equipped with harmful ingredients, the flooring was avoided by everyone. Many still have a bitter aftertaste when they think of the plastic product in their homes. Completely wrong!

In the meantime, the elastic luxury vinyl flooring is not harmful - neither for the environment nor for human health. Products that are manufactured in Europe are subject to strict requirements and their ingredients are tested.

Despite the prejudices, many of the modern design coverings are even quite beneficial for well-being. Most products are antibacterial, which makes them the perfect floor covering even for allergy sufferers. If you want to choose one of the versatile vinyl products, you don't have to worry about negative effects on people and the environment.

FEAR OF PLASTICISERS IN LVT - FACTS INVALIDATE PREJUDICES!

Anyone who deals with the environmental friendliness of manufacturers and products will always come across the question of softening ingredients. Plasticisers are essential to make the originally breakable vinyl flooring elastic.

As in many everyday products (bottles, children's toys), plasticisers are also indispensable in luxury vinyl. A look at the ingredients reveals whether it is a risky product or not. Not all plasticisers are harmful to health. Only the addition of phthalates has to be avoided

Due to the increasingly stricter guidelines, this ingredient is hard to find in vinyl floor coverings. Well-known manufacturers for a long time avoided the addition of phthalates in their products, so that there is hardly any danger of getting one into their hands.

IN FAVOUR OF SUSTAINABILITY - ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FLOORING

Many manufacturers are committed to an even more environmentally friendly approach. Awareness of the need to care for the environment is becoming more and more important. Many brands take up this aspect and consider it in manufacture and production.

When manufacturing its products, brands like for example Wineo, pays attention to the low-impact and sustainable extraction of raw materials. Nature-friendly floor solutions are also the aim of Gerflor vinyl flooring. With the highest quality standards, LVT contributes to a future-oriented production method.

In recent years, luxury vinyl flooring has been transformed into a product that is even beneficial to nature. The innovation of the vinyl plank is in line with environmental awareness.

"MADE IN EUROPE" - THE PRODUCTION SITE OF LVT AS A QUALITY GUARANTEE

Vinyl floors manufactured in Europe are subject to strict requirements. The luxury vinyl must follow universal guidelines in order to be able to present itself on the market. Therefore, the labelling of the place of manufacture within Europe can be seen as a symbol of high quality requirements.

Gerflor vinyl flooring is manufactured in Europe and therefore meets the standards for high-quality floor coverings. Forbo's vinyl flooring is also produced locally and is characterized by high-quality standards. Anyone who wants a design floor that meets all requirements should consider the place of manufacture when purchasing and include it in their choice.

LVT FLOORING - LIFE-LIKE IMITATIONS BETTER THAN ORIGINAL

If you are still wondering why you should choose the elastic floor covering, you have to be careful. The advantages of the LVT speak for themselves. Although laminate and parquet also have their advantages, vinyl flooring combines them and at the same time imitates the appearance of its competitors down to the smallest detail!

While they are visually indistinguishable, their properties could not be more different. The weak points of the various floor coverings are corrected within vinyl plank so that the typical negative aspects of parquet or laminate flooring are simply eliminated. If you want to be on the safe side, the best choice is the flexible multi-purpose one. Vinyl flooring is the right choice for every room in its various designs and installation methods and impresses with its unique features.

THE HIGH-QUALITY FLOORING - WOODEN PARQUET VS. LVT

Those who like the natural look of a floor will quickly think of getting a parquet. However, the fact that the glossy wooden floor also has many disadvantages is often disregarded. If a long-term choice has to be made, you can choose between parquet and LVT. 

For daily use, the amount of maintenance required plays a major role. Parquet flooring has to be oiled regularly in order to stay preserved. Only this way it will remain magnificent and attractive for the long term.

Vinyl floorings, on the other hand, can be easily clean with water. In addition, chemical cleaning agents are not a problem for LVT flooring. Compared to the parquet, LVT is not affected by the use of cleaners. Parquet flooring has great robustness and stability due to its enormous construction height. However, anyone who wants to use it as a renovation floor will soon reach its limits.

The situation is very different from vinyl floors. They impress with a very low construction height. Wear damage and scratches are much rarer than on the sensitive wooden floor. LVT flooring has many advantages over parquet flooring and still is much cheaper to buy. If you choose a vinyl plank, you can also do something good for your wallet at the same time!

PRICE COMPARED - LAMINATE VS. VINYL FLOORING

If you want a pleasant wood look, but for the price reasons do not want to go for parquet flooring, people often compromise on laminate. Laminate flooring is unbeatable financially. It attracts many customers with the lowest possible prices. The disadvantage: the floor covering often does not meet the daily demands of life. Due to its inferior properties, damage can quickly become visible.

The strikingly high impact sound effect and the particular sensitivity to moisture are the two biggest disadvantages of laminate flooring. Vinyl flooring is visually convincing due to its authentic appearance with a natural grain. The versatile properties of the material stand in contrast to the weak points of the laminate products.

The pleasant sound-absorbing properties, as well as the complete moisture repellence, improve the disadvantages of the wood product. Although the LVT flooring is a little more expensive than its competitor, it is always characterized by a reasonable price-performance ratio. In addition, BRICOFLOR always has individual offers where you can buy one of the high-quality flooring at a lower price! If you want to get the modern all-rounder at an even lower price, you should be quick and browse the selection of LVT on BRICOFLOR!

WIDE RANGE OF BRANDS AND MANUFACTURERS - THE LARGE VINYL FLOORING MARKET

The famous flooring becomes more even more popular every day! Many manufacturers want to follow the trend and offer vinyl products as well. Due to the many suppliers and different brands, the range has grown considerably in recent years. BRICOFLOR represents all well-known manufacturers. 

The almost infinite selection is structured and arranged in a practical way so that you get a better overview of the relevant products and brands. This makes finding your way around much easier and your dream floor can be picked in no time. Discover the diversity of the market and find the vinyl floor covering for your own four walls today!

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LVT flooring

WHAT IS A VINYL FLOORING?

The term "vinyl flooring" generally refers to a vinyl floor covering in the form of rolls, planks, and tiles.

WHAT TYPES OF LVT FLOORING ARE THERE?

Self adhesive vinyl flooring: Self adhesive vinyl floors are only approx. 2 mm thick and have a self adhesive backing. To lay on a level and clean surface, just remove the protective foil and press the floorboard onto the floor.

Vinyl click flooring: The most popular type is the click vinyl. The floors in plank and tile form are approx. 5 mm thick and are laid floating on a base or impact sound insulation. There are three types: full vinyl, multilayer vinyl, and rigid vinyl.

Loose lay vinyl flooring: The loose vinyl planks and tiles are approx. 5 mm thick and often have a self-adhesive underside. During installation, the individual elements are simply laying together and held by their own weight.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF vinyl flooring?

Suitable for damp rooms: LVT flooring is ideal for laying in damp rooms (bathrooms, kitchens).

Strong durability: The surface finish of luxury vinyl makes the floors particularly resistant to scratches and other damage.

Low construction height: LVT has a low total thickness of approx. 2-5 mm (except multilayer vinyl) and can be laid without the annoying sanding of doors. 

Large selection of designs: those floors are available in almost all types of wood, stone and tile decors as well as creative designs. Thanks to the modern digital printing process and structured surfaces, the imitations are today so authentic that they hardly differ from the original.

Easy & quick to install: If the subfloor is level, vinyl can - depending on the product - be laid quickly and easily, either floating or glued over the entire surface.

Acoustic properties: this flooring has a high material density and "swallows" the impact of sounds so that no annoying noises arise.

Thermal properties: LVT is also ideal for underfloor heating systems and also stores heat in such a way that the floor covering is extremely pleasant barefoot.

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COMPARING LAMINATE TO VINYL FLOORING

Construction height: With the exception of the multilayer version, luxury vinyl floors are only 2-5 mm thick (laminate flooring approx. 8 mm), which means that the flooring can also be laid on the old floor coverings and doors and do not have to be sanded down.

Suitable for damp rooms: In contrast to laminate, LVT floors are also suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. 

The authenticity of decors: Digital printing and the surface finish of vinyl planks make this floor covering an excellent imitation of the original, while laminate floors always look fake.

Durability: LVT flooring is much less sensitive to scratches and other damage. 

Acoustic properties: this floor covering absorb the impact of sound and is therefore significantly quieter than laminate flooring.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING VINYL FLOORS?

Made in Europe: Some manufacturers like Forbo, Gerflor or Tarkett produce their flooring in Europe, while many other products come from Asia (mostly China). With "made in Europe" you can be sure that you will get a good product quality with no worries about material composition and no harmful substances.

Variety of patterns: A good vinyl floor is characterised by a low number of pattern repetitions, which means that you will not find the same ones several times in a single package! This is the only way the floor covering really looks like a genuine wood or stone floor.

Service classes: Pay attention to the service classes standardised in the EU, which are a sign of the durability of the floor covering. The service class should be at least "23" in the occupied living area, even better "31" or more.  Learn more about the service classes

The thickness of the wear layer: Vinyl flooring for living areas should have at least a wear layer of 0.3 mm, for commercial areas at least 0.55 mm. 

Low emissions: High-quality LVT have no unpleasant-smelling vapours. Low-quality vinyl, are often packed too quickly after production and give unpleasant odours later on.

WHAT IS THE INSTALATION OF LVT FLOORING?

Vinyl flooring is available in various installation variants: you can choose between self adhesive, glue down or loose lay vinyl flooring as well as vinyl click flooring.

CAN YOU LAY VINYL FLOORING ON TILES?

If the substrate is levelled, vinyl can also be laid on old ceramic tiles. If not, the decisive factors are: how wide the joints are (preferably not wider than 4 mm), how flat the tiles are and which product to choose.

The problem is that vinyl plank is elastic and over time it adapts exactly to the substrate due to heat so that the joints are later pressed through the surface. Therefore, when laying on tiles, yo