vinyl floor and underfloor heating – a combination that is becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless, it is a topic that always raises questions. In this article you can find out which vinyl flooring is suitable for underfloor heating systems and what you should bear in mind when laying , so that you can benefit from the advantages of your vinyl floor on underfloor heating in the long term.

A wide range of applications, attractive appearance, easy installation, resistant material properties and much more – the advantages of a vinyl floor are obvious.

Underfloor heating also impresses with numerous advantages such as cost-effectiveness, cleanliness and environmental friendliness.

In single and multi-family houses, the proportion of underfloor heating as a heating system is now just under 50 percent.

It is therefore not surprising that the installation of vinyl flooring on underfloor heating is also becoming increasingly popular.

That’s all that matters:

Criteria for vinyl flooring on underfloor heating

While there was a lot of discussion about the suitability of vinyl flooring on underfloor heating in the past, the combination has now proven itself through predominantly positive experiences.

In principle, there is absolutely no objection to the installation of vinyl flooring on underfloor heating, provided that certain conditions are taken into account in advance:

Exact Temperature

The most decisive criterion for laying vinyl flooring on underfloor heating is whether the chosen heating system ensures reliable temperature control.

Unlike other floor coverings, such as laminate, parquet or tiles, a vinyl floor reacts primarily to heat.

If the temperature rises, the material expands strongly, the heat decreases, it tightens again.

Strong temperature fluctuations or too fast temperature rises can lead to unsightly joint formation or permanent damage to the vinyl floor.

Therefore, it is important that the underfloor heating does not heat the vinyl floor too much or too quickly.

The maximum surface temperature of vinyl floor heating should not exceed 27° C.

Hot water underfloor heating vs. electric underfloor heating

The classic version of hot water underfloor heating generates heat by flowing warm water through plastic or copper pipes.

What is often seen as a disadvantage has a positive effect for vinyl floors:

The sluggish lead time of a hot water underfloor heating ensures a slow heating of the vinyl floor and thus protects the material.

In addition, the temperature in the pipes remains relatively constant between 26 and 28° C throughout the heating period.

The flow temperature – i.e. the temperature at which the water circulates through the pipes – has no influence on the vinyl floor and can therefore be quite higher.

Especially with modern low-temperature underfloor heating systems, the surface temperature can be precisely regulated by built-in thermostats.

It should be noted, however, that the installation of a hot water underfloor heating system involves relatively high effort and a certain height must be maintained for the final floor ingesis. Especially in the case of renovation work on existing buildings, the building conditions must therefore be carefully checked in advance.

Otherwise, however, hot water underfloor heating must be used without hesitation for vinyl floors.

Caution is required with electric floor heating systems.

In this variant, the heat is generated by the combination of current and voltage, which leads to a significantly faster and sometimes higher temperature increase than with hot water underfloor heating.

Although modern models also have the necessary technical requirements for temperature control, the installation of vinyl flooring on electric underfloor heating systems has not been recommended before.

Expert Heating installation

In general, the installation of underfloor heating under a vinyl floor exclusively should be carried out by a specialist.

This ensures that the substrate is prepared professionally and that any moisture in the screed has been sufficiently baked out before laying the vinyl floor.

In addition, not only must the construction height on the entire floor area be precise, but also the pipes of the underfloor heating must be installed in such a way that a uniform distribution of heat on the vinyl floor is guaranteed. Even spot heat nests can cause damage to the vinyl floor.

Special Footfall sound insulation

To ensure that the heat from the underfloor heating is ultimately transferred to the surface of the vinyl floor in an energy-efficient manner, the lowest possible thermal resistance of maximum 0.15 m2K/W is required.

In addition to the thickness of the floor and the thermal conductivity of the material, the impact sound insulation or vapour barrier used also affects this value.

For underfloor heating systems on which a vinyl floor is to be laid, special footfall sound insulation is available.

The quartz sand most contained in it stores heat and releases it to the room.

Other insulating materials such as polystyrene, cork or foam, on the other hand, prevent the heat from spreading and are therefore unsuitable for use with vinyl floors on underfloor heating .

Contrary to its previous reputation, vinyl floors achieve excellent results in terms of energy efficiency and heat performance.

Due to the low heat transfer resistance and the good thermal conductivity, rooms with vinyl flooring can be effectively heated by underfloor heating.

Which vinyl floor is designed for installation on Underfloor heating suitable?

If an adequate underfloor heating system has been found and the necessary preparations have been made, the crucial question arises as to the right vinyl flooring.

All vinyl floors suitable for installation on underfloor heating systems are specially marked.

If a vinyl floor does not have a corresponding label, a written confirmation of suitability for underfloor heating from the vinyl floor manufacturer should be obtained prior to installation.

The extent to which a vinyl floor is suitable for use on underfloor heating also depends on the design and the type of installation.

Basically, a distinction is made between vinyl on HDF carrier plates and solid or full vinyl.

Vinyl on HDF is similar to laminate and is floating using a click system. There are also click systems that are made entirely of vinyl.

The thinner full vinyl, on the other hand, consists of homogeneous planks and is only glued to the screed on a full surface.

Types of laying from vinyl flooring to underfloor heating

Basically, all types of laying work to install a vinyl floor on hot water underfloor heating systems.

However, there are differences in energy efficiency, albeit mostly minor.

Solid or full vinyl flooring, which is glued to the surface, is best suited for installation on underfloor heating.

The direct connection between the vinyl floor and the substrate using suitable adhesives and the relatively low material thickness of maximum 5 – 6 mm ensure optimum thermal conductivity.

But also the floating laying of vinyl floors on underfloor heating is possible.

However, in this type of laying, in contrast to the fully bonded installation, a thin air layer forms between the substrate and the vinyl floor, which impairs the thermal conductivity.

In addition, in the case of floating vinyl floors on underfloor heating, a footfall sound insulation is necessary, which additionally affects the heat transmission resistance.

Vinyl floors on HDF substrates, which are usually much thicker than solid vinyl floors, are particularly suitable for installation on underfloor heating less optimal.

In addition to the impact sound insulation, which is already integrated in many vinyl floorboards, an additional vapour barrier is also required for mineral substrates (e.g. cement screed or anhydrite screed) so that rising damp cannot damage the substrate material of the vinyl floor.

In any case, when laying vinyl flooring over underfloor heating, it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions. You will also need a orderly vinyl cutter to place clean cuts.

Laying vinyl floor on tiles with underfloor heating

Often a vinyl floor is also laid on existing tiles, under which there is already underfloor heating.

This also applies in this case:

Even if it is basically possible to lay a floating (click) vinyl floor, it is recommended to use a fully glued full vinyl floor to prevent heat loss.

Is a vinyl floor on underfloor heating Harmful?

A question that until a few years ago was quite justified:

Vinyl floors used to contain harmful plasticizers, which developed toxic fumes when heated, for example by underfloor heating.

Today, however, vinyl floors in Europe are subject to strict conditions, which ensure that the use of harmful phthalates is dispensed with.

Therefore, unless an old vinyl floor is used, the laying of vinyl flooring on underfloor heating has no negative health effects.

Slicone sealants for sealing joints in vinyl floors

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Joints in vinyl flooring are not only unattractive to look at, but sometimes also carry the risk of permanent damage. In the following, you will learn what you should therefore already consider when laying vinyl flooring and what you can do if joints in the vinyl floor open up.

What causes joints in the vinyl floor to fall apart

Like many floor coverings, a vinyl floor reacts to different room conditions.

The material works – joints are created or dissolved.

In most cases the reasons for joints in the vinyl floor are either heat or moisture.

Heat

While parquet and laminate floors are primarily sensitive to moisture, vinyl floors primarily react to heat.

The material expands strongly when the heat is affected and reassembles when the temperature drops. The result is diverging joints.

Especially often joints are created in the vinyl floor in rooms with large windows or direct light. The sun’s irradiation leads to a sharp increase in the temperature on the surface – and consequently to the expansion of the vinyl floor.

With darker soils this effect is even more obvious than with brighter soils, as these reflect sunlight better.

But even with underfloor heating systems, the vinyl floor expands more, which is why it is essential to ensure that the surface is not heated too quickly or too highly.

Moisture

Incoming moisture and subsequent drying also cause joints to rise in the vinyl floor.

Especially in rooms with high humidity or direct contact with water (e.g. B. with vinyl flooring in the bathroom) this can cause permanent damage or mould growth.

Which avoids joints in the vinyl floor

Due to its material properties, the vinyl floor needs sufficient leeway to work.

Therefore, it is important to insert a expansion joint at the time of installation. This applies wherever the vinyl floor meets immovable components (e.g. walls, pipes, columns, built-in furniture) or other floor coverings.

This expansion joint serves to compensate for the elongation and pulling of the material and to allow joints to diverge only where it is intended.

The rule of thumb for the edge distance is at least 5 mm or, in large rooms, 1 mm per metre of length.

Vinyl floor gets joints – what to do?

There are several ways to close joints in the vinyl floor. Various products are available from specialist retailers to fill, glue or seal joints.

Elastic materials – e.g. silicone – are best suited to fill joints in the vinyl floor. They remain permanently flexible, which allows the soil to expand accordingly and contract again.

Corresponding joint fillers are available in numerous different colours and compositions. Therefore, they are versatile and are ideal for closing joints in the edge area.

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It can also be used to seal transitions to connection joints in doors, skirting boards or stairs.

Sealing joints waterproof is particularly important for vinyl floors in wet rooms to prevent moisture from entering.

Massively laid vinyl can be easily sealed with silicone, e.g. in the edges and connections to tiles, but this is not recommended for floating floors.

Whether or not impact sound insulation is necessary for Click vinyl flooring depends on various factors, but in general this question can be answered with a clear “yes”.

Finally, the vinyl floor underlay should provide the necessary peace, warmth and stability.

But what about the insulation with vinyl on underfloor heating? How are the documents suitably laid? And are there any alternatives to the classic vinyl floor underlay?

Why use a vinyl floor for footfall sound insulation?

Vinyl floors can be laid floating or laid with the subfloor using adhesive.

In the case of a floating installation, an underlay for the vinyl floor is also absolutely essential.

Anyone who does without suitable insulation here risks so-called walking noise, an unpleasant “clacking” when walking.

The underlays also insulate the floor from the substrate. Just as they can even out (slight) unevenness in subfloors without having to carry out more complex levelling work beforehand.

Further functions at a glance

Not only are the neighbours underneath you grateful for an improvement in footfall sound, but the room acoustics in your own rooms can also be improved.

The quieter the floor is when walking on it, the more pleasant the acoustics of the room.

Find the right underlay for vinyl flooring

Impact sound insulation for vinyl flooring is therefore indispensable. Lay the vinyl floor without underlay? Not such a good idea.

The laying of an underlay for the vinyl floor is essential for a comfortable walking experience and the prevention of clicking noises.

The different types of vinyl floor underlays

Relatively common are insulations made of PU low expansion foam. They consist of mineral fillers and polyurethane.

The comparatively heavy rolls are best suited as a vinyl floor underlay for underfloor heating, as they have a relatively low thermal resistance.

Due to their heaviness there is also a significant improvement in the sound values.

The polystyrene sheets, a kind of polystyrene, are inexpensive to buy.

They are easy to install, but reduce sound only moderately well. Furthermore, they are rather not suitable for underfloor heating.

Latex insulating underlays also have poor heat conduction. Anyone who does not have underfloor heating but still wants heat-insulating properties could take a look at the material cork.

When can a vinyl floor also be installed without impact sound insulation?

If a vinyl floor is to be installed floating, it is imperative that an insulation mat is placed between prepared subfloor and the vinyl floor.

If, on the other hand, the floor is made of solid vinyl and is to be glued to the subfloor, no additional footfall sound insulation is required as an underlay. Because in this case, the impact sound insulation under the screed already ensures sufficient absorption of walking and impact sound.

Since the vinyl floor is bonded to the screed with adhesive, nothing can rattle and therefore no insulation is necessary.

Old carpets as a substitute for footfall sound?

A carpet already laid as a vinyl floor underlay is not a good idea and is not approved as suitable by any vinyl floor manufacturer.

Carpets are too soft – regardless of their thickness. This usually leads to excessive yielding of the floor when it is laid and walked on. As a result, the click connections wear out over time and the floor starts to “move”.

Almost worse: Those who lay vinyl flooring on carpet usually forfeit the warranty on the floor. This is an area where savings should not be made under any circumstances!

In addition, a carpet is always susceptible to bacteria and germs if it no longer comes into direct contact with the air in the room.

Therefore, unpleasant odours often occur when the old carpet is used as footfall sound insulation for the vinyl floor.

What footfall sound insulation for a vinyl floor on underfloor heating?

Owners of underfloor heating should pay attention to the special properties of the insulation mat used.

The most important factors are heat resistance and an appropriate thermal resistance.

Especially with older underfloor heating systems, the material must be able to bear the heat, as these usually become much warmer than modern systems.

Another important property is durability and resistance to moisture.

Tip for the purchase: The thermal resistance according to DIN 12667 in the unit m2 K/W is usually stated on the product. The lower this value, the better the heat transfer.

Does it need an additional vinyl floor foil?

Whether at all and especially which insulation underlay is required depends on the substrate. Anyone who wants to lay vinyl flooring on a floating screed needs a so-called vapour barrier.

This is available in the form of a PE film and protects the floor from rising damp from the subsoil or damp rooms below.

Ultimately, the moisture could lead to considerable damage to the material.

Laying vinyl flooring Impact sound insulation

A Klick vinyl floor underlay is relatively easy to install. Especially if the floor does not have any major unevenness.

If this is the case, however, unevenness must first be levelled with a cementitious levelling compound. Otherwise, preparation includes cleaning with a broom and a vacuum cleaner.

The impact sound insulation is then rolled out in strips. It is important to start at the longitudinal wall and always work parallel.

The individual webs must not overlap, as this can later lead to unevenness in the floor. In this context, one speaks of a “butt-to- butt transfer”.

To make it easier to lay the insulation mats, the sheets can be fixed to the floor at certain points. Now all further courses follow. At the longitudinal joints, the sheets can be easily joined with adhesive tape. Then continue with the laid vinyl flooring using the vinyl cutter.

The range of vinyl bases is diverse – they are available not only in countless colours and designs, but also in various thicknesses.

It is not so easy to keep an overview and to make the right choice, especially not.

The following summary of commercially available vinyl flooring thicknesses and their areas of application should help you to make a decision.

What does the vinyl floor thickness depend on?

With regard to the thickness of vinyl floors, two factors must be taken into account: the substrate and the wear layer.

Thickness of the carrier material

As regards the carrier material, a basic distinction is made between vinyl on HDF carrier boards and solid or solid vinyl.

Vinyl on HDF has a structure similar to laminate and is equipped with a click system.

Such a vinyl floor can only be laid floating and has a thickness of approx. 10 mm.

In contrast, solid or full vinyl only between 2 and 5 mm thick, is available with and without click system and is suitable for both floating and glued installation.

The thickness of the base material has an effect on the construction height of the floor, which is particularly important when renovating existing buildings.

If the vinyl floor is laid on an existing floor covering, such as on tiles, thinner variants are particularly suitable.

However, even if the old vinyl floor is removed, the overall height of the existing floor must be taken into account in order to avoid difficulties in tricky places (e.g. door sills). If in doubt, the door must otherwise be shortened.

Thickness of the wear layer

What is commonly understood by the thickness of the vinyl floor refers mainly to the top layer.

This surface, which is usually made of polyurethane, not only determines the appearance of the floor due to the incorporated decoration, but also protects the vinyl primarily against external influences such as wear, damage, moisture, e.g. with vinyl flooring in the bathroom or dirt.

The fact that the vinyl flooring is basically all the more hard-wearing and durable, the stronger this protective wear layer is, seems hardly surprising.

But which strengths are suitable in practice for which areas of application?

Vinyl flooring in practice: Which thickness for which room?

The thickness of the wear layer has a decisive influence on the resistance and robustness of the soil.

Commercially available vinyl floors are available in four different designs:

  • 0.2 mm
  • 0.3 mm
  • 0.55 mm
  • 0.7 mm.

When selecting a suitable floor, the daily stress and strain of the respective room plays a decisive role.

In living areas with low levels of wear and tear, such as bedrooms or offices, floor coverings with a 0.2 mm or 0.3 mm wear layer are completely sufficient.

If the floor is exposed to higher loads, as is the case in corridors, kitchens, living rooms and children’s rooms, but especially also in damp rooms such as bathrooms, the use of vinyl floors with 0.55 mm wear layer is recommended.

These are not only easier to clean, but are also more durable and more resistant to moisture.

Vinyl floors with a wear layer of 0.7 mm are ideal for the contract sector in particular.

Whether office, doctor’s surgery, salesroom or warehouse – floorings with a very high wear layer withstand even heavy loads and street dirt, brisk customer traffic or punctual loads from heavy shelves or desk chairs do not leave marks so quickly. Nevertheless, you should use a office chair underlay.

Here you can find vinyl floor patterns:

Rent a vinyl floor sample at the hardware store

In the DIY store you have the opportunity to view many different vinyl floors directly on site.

Here, not only design and colour can be viewed in daylight, but also whether the structure of the surface is pleasing can be assessed directly.

If the vinyl floor samples on display at the DIY store are not sufficient to make a final decision, most stores also provide handy samples that can be taken away.

This allows a comparison of the different designs directly in the room to be renovated. This ensures that the vinyl floor selected matches existing furniture, wall colours and other furnishings.

In a DIY store, it is usually sufficient to ask an employee for the practical vinyl floor samples.

Order vinyl floor samples in online shops

If the vinyl floor is to be ordered in an online shop, it is usually difficult to make the right decision immediately.

The choice of vinyl floors in different designs, for example in wood look, stone look or tile look is huge in online shops like Parador.

Numerous variants are available to the buyer. So it is only understandable to have difficulties in making a decision.

Since the customer is not charged for these samples, the number is usually limited.

It is therefore worth thinking about the floor for your own home or business in advance and then ordering vinyl floor samples.

The following online shops offer their customers the opportunity to order free vinyl floor samples:

  • Parquet-Direkt.net
  • parquet emperor.com
  • Parador.com

Order vinyl flooring samples free of charge from Parador

As in many other online shops, it is also possible with Parador to order vinyl flooring samples for viewing. Up to three free samples are available here This means that a pre-selection has already been made, while at the same time the final decision remains open until the samples could be viewed live.

If you are still very unsure about choosing the right vinyl flooring, you can get non-binding advice in the online shop or visit one of the stationary Parador stores nearby. There the different floor coverings are also available for viewing.
Whether an on-site inspection or ordering the vinyl flooring sample free of charge from Parador – this will definitely make the decision easier.

The design of the floor has a decisive influence on the ambience in the room

Choosing the right floor is therefore an important decision. Because it is so versatile, vinyl flooring is a popular floor in factories, companies and also in private households.

But even here, you are spoilt for choice, because vinyl flooring is available in many different designs.

For this reason, many people decide to get first vinyl floor samples which they can compare with the rest of the furniture, with wall colours and more.

samples of vinyl flooring are small cuttings of the respective flooring, which help to decide which floor fits best in a room.

A vinyl floor can also be used to determine what the colour looks like in real life, in the light, in the morning or in the evening.

Free vinyl flooring samples to make the decision easier

Most sellers of vinyl floors offer free samples. That the rehearsals cost something is rather rare.

The DIY store or online shop relies on the fact that the buyer decides to buy in the respective store after examining the samples.

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Also the decision is usually easier with different samples in several colours. This means there are no problems and fewer complaints when ordering several square metres of vinyl flooring at a later date.

Get vinyl floor samples quickly and easily

Getting vinyl floor samples is not difficult.

In almost every shop, DIY store or online shop where vinyl flooring is available to buy, corresponding samples are also issued.

The samples are normally free of charge and can be easily taken in stationary shops on request.

In online shops there is the possibility of having vinyl floor samples sent to you free of charge . It is useful to make a rough selection in advance to limit the number of patterns.

Straight online there is sometimes a boundary on vinyl floor patterns. Understandably, hundreds of samples cannot be sent.

In most cases, however, sellers are very accommodating and help to find the right floor covering for each room.

vinyl bottom has many advantages, but also some disadvantages. For many public institutions, companies and private households it is the optimal floor covering.

The vinyl flooring advantages that you should consider when buying vinyl flooring, and what disadvantages vinyl flooring has, are explained below.

Vinyl flooring and its advantages

Vinyl flooring has many advantages, it is characterized above all by its uncomplicated handling and its versatility. The most important advantages of vinyl flooring at a glance:

Realistic, natural look

One of the most important advantages of vinyl flooring and one of the reasons why it is so popular: its high-quality look.

Among other things, it comes in laminate, tiles- and natural stone look.

Often cheaper, easier to maintain install and easier to install than other floorings, vinyl flooring imitates the designs of a wide variety of floor coverings. At first glance, it is sometimes not obvious that it is not a real wooden floor, for example, but rather a vinyl floor in wood look.

Easy-care, durable material

When it comes to illuminating the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl flooring, there is one thing you cannot avoid:

Vinyl flooring is particularly easy to clean compared to carpet and wooden floors .

The floor covering is moisture-repellent, so it can be wiped with a damp cloth and can also be used in the bathroom. The robust and resistant workmanship makes vinyl flooring a durable floor covering.

Noise reduction and pleasant walking sensation

Vinyl flooring is a soft and elastic floor covering. This automatically makes it quieter than laminate or tiles. steps are muffled on the floor, the room acoustics as a whole are improved. Many vinyl floors already have footfall sound insulation on the underside, so this effect is even more pronounced.

At the same time, the soft floor covering is pleasant for the feet, does not cool down as much as tiles and thus creates a comfortable walking sensation.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

Vinyl flooring does not cause problems for allergy sufferers. Unlike carpet, vinyl flooring captures very few house dust particles and pollen and can be cleaned regularly damply. A big plus point for allergy sufferers.

Versatile in use

Vinyl flooring is suitable for all rooms that require a hardwearing, high-quality and uncomplicated floor covering.

These include, for example, the children’s room, the kitchen, the living and dining room, the entrance area or the bathroom.

Vinyl flooring is also a good choice for commercial premises.

The disadvantages of vinyl flooring

The advantages of vinyl flooring make this floor covering an optimal all-rounder for private households and business premises. When choosing the right floor, however, you should not forget the disadvantages of vinyl flooring.

The following points should be kept in mind:

The Price

The prices of vinyl flooring vary Here it depends on the vinyl floor manufacturer, the usage class and the desired vinyl floor design.

Vinyl can be more expensive than laminate and carpet, for example. Here too, it depends on where and what is bought. In most cases, however, it is worth investing in vinyl flooring. The durability of the material ensures that the price pays off in the long run.

Heavy furniture can leave pressure marks

Vinyl flooring is a soft, pliable floor covering. This makes for a comfortable walking experience, but can also cause problems.

Heavy pieces of furniture like the bed, a cupboard or the couch in some cases leave pressure marks on the soft material.

This happens especially when the piece of furniture is standing in the same place for a long period of time and has feet made of solid material such as wood or plastic.

Regularly moving or slightly moving the heavy furniture reduces the occurrence of pressure points on vinyl floors. In the case of office chairs in particular, floor protection mats can also help.

Removing

Vinyl flooring is either laid floating or glued. A firmly glued vinyl floor is very difficult to remove again.

If, for example in a rented apartment, the floor is laid by the tenant himself, it should never be glued.

Floating laid click vinyl floor is clearly advantageous here. If it is clear that the floor is to be used for many years, then it can of course also be glued.

This is particularly easy with self-adhesive vinyl flooring.

Paying attention to the origin

To achieve the softness and flexibility, manufacturers use plasticizers.

Also, depending on the design of the vinyl floor, dyes are included. According to EU directives, manufacturers are prohibited from using health-hazardous plasticizers in vinyl floors.

Test seals and other certificates ensure that the floor is a healthy vinyl floor.

Always keep the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl flooring in mind

Vinyl flooring is a flexible floor covering. The numerous advantages of vinyl flooring are convincing and show that the material is equally suitable for private households and business premises.

However, before deciding for or against a particular floor covering, the disadvantages of vinyl flooring should also be adequately illuminated.

While tested vinyl flooring is not harmful to health, the risk of pressure points on soft flooring can be a reason for some people to be against the material.

If you are looking for a uncomplicated, easy-care and durable floor covering, vinyl flooring is just the right choice.

A vinyl floor is not only convincing because of its appearance, but is also robust and easy to clean.

The quick and easy cleaning of a vinyl floor works best with a vacuum cleaner. In this article you will learn what is important for a vacuum cleaner for vinyl flooring.

Vacuum cleaner for vinyl floor (with cable):

As simple as the laying of a vinyl floor is, as robust and resistant is the surface. The material is hard-wearing and withstands even heavy use.

Nevertheless, a vinyl floor – like any other floor – must be cleaned and maintained regularly in order to maintain its long-term lifespan. Stones, sand or other dirt can permanently damage the sealed protective layer of the vinyl floor, scratch the surface or make it blunt.

Dry cleaning of vinyl floors

One of the great advantages of a vinyl floor is that it can be cleaned with relatively little effort.

Especially in daily cleaning, vinyl floors are not very demanding: Dry cleaning with a soft brace, a mop or a vacuum cleaner keeps the vinyl floor clean again in no time.

Unlike a broom or mop, the vacuum cleaner whirls up fewer fine dust particles when cleaning.

Even coarser dirt can be removed quickly and effectively with the vacuum cleaner – which is especially important in households with animals or children.

Very coarse dirt, such as stones, should be removed with the vacuum cleaner anyway, otherwise the vinyl floor could be scratched during sweeping.

Which vacuum cleaner is suitable for vinyl flooring?

Vinyl floors have a softer surface compared to laminate or tiles, which can easily cause unsightly scratches if the vacuum cleaner is handled incorrectly.

Therefore, when selecting the vacuum cleaner for vinyl floors, care must be taken first and foremost to ensure that there are no metal plates or sharp edges at the bottom of the nozzle.

Vacuum cleaners with special brush attachments are best used for cleaning the vinyl floor.

Thus, the vacuum cleaner nozzle glides gently over the vinyl floor without scratching the surface. These special attachments are available in different sizes and finishes, making it easy to reach corners and other hard-to-reach areas.

If you want to be on the safe side, use a vacuum cleaner with parquet nozzle for cleaning the vinyl floor – these are softer and also have longer bristles, which reliably prevents scratches in the vinyl floor.

Vacuum cleaner for vinyl floor (without cable):

Scratches by vacuum cleaner – what to do?

And if the vinyl floor has been slightly scratched by vacuuming, suitable vinyl floor repair kits or special PU cleaners can help. Fine scratches in the vinyl floor can also be polished out with cooking oil. To protect against scratches, you should also think of a floor protection mat. Even dust-sweeping robots usually leave fewer scratches, which makes them work completely differently.

vinyl flooring is known for its simple installation. However, in order for it to be optimally adapted to the spatial conditions, it is often necessary to cut the vinyl floor. How to cut the vinyl floor quickly and exactly and what is important for a vinyl cutter, you can find out here.

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Vinyl flooring is not only available in different decors and finishes, vinyl floorboards or planks are also available in different dimensions.

Nevertheless, it is hardly possible to lay a new vinyl floor without adapting it there or there.

Room dimensions, corners or cut-outs for heating pipes require the vinyl floor to be cut to size accordingly.

How can vinyl flooring be cut?

Most vinyl floors can generally be cut with little effort – even without special tools.

Regardless of whether it is a solid or solid vinyl floor with a relatively low material thickness between 2 mm and 5 mm or a click vinyl floor on HDF carriers with a thickness of approx. 6 mm to 10 mm.

Cut solid or solid vinyl flooring

A simple, sharp cutter knife, a pen and a cutting rail or an angle are sufficient to cut a vinyl floor made of full vinyl.

Cut vinyl floor with the cutter knife

For this purpose, the cutting edge is simply marked with a pen and the surface of the vinyl floor is cut with the cutter.

The rail ensures that both the marking and the cut are made straight and at the right angle.

With correspondingly low material thickness and a little force, a cut is usually sufficient to cut the vinyl floor exactly.

Click vinyl floor cutting

Even click vinyl floors can be cut quickly and precisely with a commercially available cutter or carpet knife – even vinyl floors with HDF carrier plates or cork.

After the interface has been marked with a pen and an angle or rail, the surface of the vinyl floor is easily carved with the knife.

If the ends of the vinyl floor plank are then pressed down – preferably at a table edge or above the knee – the click vinyl breaks at the set point and a clean edge is created.

For short fringe pieces, which can no longer be broken well by hand, it helps to bend the short side with the help of pliers.

Vinyl floor sawing

If you are not so comfortable with the cutter, you can also saw the vinyl floor in most cases.

A crosscut saw is just as suitable for straight cuts as a jigsaw.

A jigsaw can also be used to cut corners from a vinyl floor, as is required for laying on doors.

Vinyl floor sawing

Likewise, to cut holes for pipes or to set non-straight or round cuts.

However, the use of a saw is not necessary: corners, holes and curves can be cut just as well with the cutter.

Vinyl cutter – the comfortable alternative

It is even easier to customize vinyl floors with a vinyl cutter.

The practical, versatile devices, also known as laminate cutters, ensure exact cuts in no time at all, thus saving time and making work much easier.

Vinyl cutters are suitable for both adhesive vinyl and click vinyl and can cut thick and thin vinyl floors with a material thickness of 2 mm to 11 mm depending on the model.

Straight cuts are just as possible as angle cuts – most devices also have additional functions to be able to cut skirting boards or corners, for example.

Only cut-outs – such as for heating pipes – are not possible with a vinyl cutter not possible.

In principle, vinyl cutters in two versions Differences:

Manual vinyl cutters

In the case of manual vinyl cutters, the vinyl floor is cut by a blade, which is operated with a lever.

Depending on the model and the thickness of the panel, the vinyl floor can be cut precisely and without material wear by lever action with more or less effort.

Non-slip rubber feet ensure a secure grip of the device, and one hand is always free to fix the vinyl floor element in addition – moving or slipping the cutting edge is therefore virtually impossible.

Another advantage of manual vinyl cutters is that they can be operated wirelessly. They do not require power supply, can therefore be used on the go and do not cause noise or dirt.

Electric vinyl cutters

As an alternative to manual vinyl cutters, there are electric models.

These are equipped with a motor to cut the vinyl floor.

An electric vinyl cutter is especially recommended if physical exertion is to be avoided as far as possible or if large areas of vinyl flooring are to be laid in the shortest possible time.

However, the appropriate power supply must be guaranteed for motor-powered vinyl cutters – in addition, higher noise and dust generation is also created.

Vinyl cutters at a glance

Vinyl cutters are available in a wide variety of designs from a wide range of manufacturers – from the practical basic model for do-it-yourselfers to the comprehensive all-in-one device for professional use.

The models differ on the one hand naturally in price, but on the other hand also in their technical characteristics, equipment and functions.

What to look for in a vinyl cutter

The wide range of different vinyl cutters makes the decision is often not easy. However, there are some criteria that are based on the selection of the appropriate model.

  • For example, there are models that are only suitable for cutting vinyl panels or tiles, while other models are more versatile and are also suitable for laminate, parquet or precious wood.
  • There are also glaring differences in the cutting width: depending on the model, this can vary from just under 20 cm to a maximum of 46.5 cm.
  • The same applies to the thickness of the material: ideally, the vinyl cutter should be able to cut materials up to at least 10 mm.
  • Especially with adhesive vinyl it is advantageous if the vinyl cutter is equipped with a non-stick coated blade to avoid an impairment of the cut by sticky adhesive.
  • Features, such as an integrated dust bag or laser, can add value to the vinyl cutter.

The best vinyl cutters in comparison

There are many manufacturers of vinyl cutters, models even more.

Among the most famous brands of vinyl cutters are for example

  • Wolfcraft
  • Logoclic
  • Master
  • Wolf
  • Lux
  • X4 Tools
  • Kwb
  • Qteck
  • Batavia
  • Güde
  • Gmc

All manufacturers offer certain advantages to their models – be it in terms of quality, price-performance ratio, functionality or user-friendliness.

Guidance is provided by regularly carried out product tests and comparisons from various – more or less – independent portals, such as Stiftung Warentest or similar.

If that’s the way it goes, Wolfcraft is right at the top of the bestseller list with its VLC 300, VLC 800 and VNC 250 models.

But also models such as the Logoclick LE 210 or the X4-Tools laminate vinyl cutter receive best marks in ratings and price-performance ratio.

Which model is ultimately best depends on the individual requirements and the actual field of application.

Bestseller in the category vinyl cutters:

Rent vinyl cutters

If a vinyl cutter is only needed for a single use, it often does not stand for buying a new device.

Do-it-yourself stores such as Hornbach, Obi or Hellweg therefore usually also offer the possibility of borrowing a vinyl cutter.

But do-it-yourself flea markets as well as portals such as Shpock or ebay are also a good alternative: Vinyl cutters can also be bought cheaply.

Modern vinyl floors are popular not only because of their material properties, but especially because of the wide range of colours available. In this article you will learn what colours a vinyl floor can have and how the different colours in a room work.

The floor is an elementary part of a room.

Accordingly, the appearance and living climate are characterized by the appearance and in particular by the colour of the vinyl floor.

The following overview provides an overview of the most common colours of vinyl floors, their characteristics and spatial effect.

The most common colours for vinyl floors

Vinyl floor light

Whether natural oak or light grey, beech or maple – modern or with a touch of vintage: the spectrum of surfaces and colours for light vinyl floors is wide.

The main advantage of a bright vinyl floor is that the room as a whole looks very friendly. The light is reflected, the room is optically enlarged.

A vinyl floor in bright colours is generally suitable for any kind of living space. But also for exhibition rooms, wellness areas or Sales areas provide a bright vinyl floor for a feel-good atmosphere.

Vinyl floor dark

Vinyl floors in dark colours provide a particularly noble and elegant appearance – especially in large rooms.

A dark vinyl floor fits a modern décor style as well as antique furniture.

Dark vinyl floors are available in different finishes.

Natural-looking, dark wood designs such as oak dark, walnut or pine are among the classics.

But also vinyl floor tiles are available in different dark colours and optics. The modern looking design of dark vinyl floors in slate, graphite or stone is also ideally suited for bathrooms or offices.

Vinyl floor grey

Whether living room or children’s room, office or public space – a vinyl floor in the color grey is a real all-round talent.

The numerous variants of grey vinyl floors open up limitless possibilities in interior design:

A vinyl floor with country house floorboards in the colour grey oak impresses with its authentic wood look and adapts to almost any interior design style.

A grey vinyl floor in concrete look is particularly effective in combination with metal, but is also often used for simple, modern floor design.

PVC tiles in dark slate stand for simple elegance, while grey tiles of vinyl flooring give the room a retro-look.

The colour spectrum for grey vinyl floors ranges from subtle light grey to dark anthracite.

Depending on the gradation and nuance, the grey colour appears warm or cold, giving the room its very special appearance.

The visual impression of the vinyl floor in grey also ranges from classic to modern to rustic, which gives each room an individual character, depending on the respective décor.

vinyl flooring is considered to be a robust and resistant flooring that offers numerous advantages.

However, the laying of a vinyl floor in outdoor areas is not recommended in principle.

Find out in this article why this is the case – and which floor coverings are better suited for outdoors than vinyl floors.

While vinyl floors are absolutely convincing indoors and almost can be installed in any room, there are essential outdoor areas Influencing factors that add too much to the material:

Why is vinyl flooring not suitable for outdoor use?

Vinyl floors primarily react to heat.

When the temperature rises, the material expands considerably, and when the temperature drops, it tightens massively.

The interplay of wetness and dryness can also cause permanent damage to the vinyl floor.

In the outdoor sector, neither strong temperature fluctuations nor alternating wet and dry periods can be avoided.

Direct sunlight and extreme heat followed by the cloud-breaking thunderstorm in summer, sizzling cold, freezing fog or snowfall in winter – due to its pronounced shrinkage and stretching behavior, the vinyl floor would change the weather conditions outside, on the terrace or balcony in the long run.

Also for outdoor installation in covered plants, a vinyl floor is not provided for.

Thus, the sun can heat the ground in a conservatory to over 50° degrees, which leads to the swelling of the vinyl floor. Even the high temperature differences between summer and winter in garden houses would not be long withstand the vinyl flooring.

Even if manufacturers are repeatedly launching vinyl floor coverings on the market that have also been approved for outdoor installation, there are still alternatives that are more suitable for outdoor use.

Alternative Outdoor flooring

Floor ingescent outdoors must meet special requirements.

The different variants of outdoor floors differ in terms of appearance, required base and type of installation, as well as properties in terms of weather resistance, frost-freeness or resistance.

In addition to tried-and-tested materials such as ceramic tiles, natural stone, concrete or real wood, there are also modern surfaces made of plastic, which promise a long-lasting and easy-care flooring outdoors.

Especially artificial stone slabs or floor coverings made of WPC (Wood Polymer Composite) – a mixture of wood fibres and thermoplastic plastic – are enjoying increasing popularity. Visually and haptically, WPC boards hardly differ from their natural competitors, but are easier to install and are characterized above all by their higher resistance compared to real wood.