The most important thing for successful vinyl floor laying, is the substrate preparation. In the following we will discuss the most important points – resinifying cracks, applying the correct primer and levelling the substrate.

Vinyl flooring Substrate: resinify cracks in the screed

Cracks in the subfloor of our vinyl floor (screed) are completely normal. These often occur with freshly laid screeds as a side effect of drying.

However, cracks in the screed also occur during the renovation of old buildings – e.g. after the removal of an old carpet – cracks in the screed. However, a finished substrate for vinyl floors must not have any more cracks.Cracks in the vinyl floor Substrate must be sealed with a special resin before laying a vinyl floor – otherwise the two separate parts of the screed will move and the filler applied later will flake off. Not a good base for a vinyl floor. In order to close the cracks in the substrate, they must be cut open with a cutting tool (e.g. Flex) and then sealed with a so-called “casting resin”.

Attention: It is essential to determine beforehand whether the screed is a heated screed. If so, under no circumstances should the Flex be unpacked. This should only be done by an absolute expert who has consulted a specialist for heated screeds beforehand. Otherwise the screed will be flooded faster than we would like.

Vinyl floor substrate: Resinize cracks – checklist:

  • An angle grinder angle grinder/cutter (so-called “flex”) with concrete cutting disc (alternatively a concrete milling machine)
  • A very good extraction for the angle grinder
  • shaft connector (or steel nails à 100 mm)
  • A casting resin for screed renovation
  • Some quartz sand
  • A steady hand

So far, so good – away with the cracks in the ground

In order to close the cracks once and for all (and to finally be able to use the base for our vinyl floor), we first have to unpack the good old flex.

Now we mill along the complete crack once with the flex and a concrete cutting disc. A Flex with extraction is recommended, because otherwise the whole room will be too dusty from top to bottom.

Create cross connections in the underground

Then we mill cross to the crack in the subfloor, approx. every 50 cm a small separating cut into the screed (length approx. 15 cm). The whole thing should look something like a badly sewn scar 🙂

Now we cleanly suck out the complete, separated crack including the cross cuts.

We then place so-called shaft connectors (usually made of sheet metal) or alternatively one steel nail of 10 cm each in each of the cross cuts of the substrate.

The sense: The synthetic resin alone is not sufficient to join the two halves of the screed. Metal must be brought in for reinforcement. The synthetic resin is later only intended for fixing and as a filling material for the crack in the vinyl floor substrate.

Mix the synthetic resin for the vinyl floor substrate.

In any case, it is recommended to use a special casting resin for screeds. Polyester putty is rarely used for this purpose. However, this is not liquid enough to completely fill the crack in the substrate. It is therefore not advisable.

The casting resin is usually a so-called 2-component casting resin. It is therefore mixed from 2 components, which then carry out a chemical reaction. You usually have about 20 minutes time to process the brew – after that it becomes tough and then hard.

Attention: Mixed casting resin becomes very hot during curing. The surplus in the can/bottle must therefore be stored outdoors – away from flammable objects.

Now we pour the casting resin into the previously sucked out crack and into all cross cuts.

There, almost done. Now quickly scatter quartz sand over the freshly resinified crack. Otherwise the filler will not hold later, because the casting resin is eel-smooth after hardening.

Priming vinyl floor substrate

Before we can lay the vinyl floor on the subfloor, the vinyl floor must be levelled out subfloor. And before we can do this, the substrate must be primed. As a rule, two scenarios are possible:

  1. We have an absorbent substrate (e.g. screed) for our vinyl floor
  2. We do not have an absorbent substrate (e.g. tiles) for our vinyl floor

Correct reading. Tiles can be leveled over (and can thus serve as a base also as a substrate for vinyl floors) – if the correct primer is used.

We mix the primer and apply it with a foam roller over the entire surface of the substrate. Done.

Priming vinyl floor substrate

Levelling vinyl floor substrate

Now the substrate must be completely leveled or leveled. This means: remove any unevenness from the substrate so that it does not matter.

For this purpose, a cementitious levelling compound is mixed. This should then be applied to the substrate later with a strength of approx. 3-5 mm.

We need to prepare the substrate for the vinyl floor:

  • A good stirrer (If necessary, a powerful drill with stirring attachment)
  • putty, bag by bag
  • Water in large buckets (calculate the water requirement beforehand!)
  • A (toothed) squeegee for spreading the filler
  • One spiked roller for deaerating the filler

It is best to use two people to fill the substrate. Otherwise you will start to sweat a lot, because you are constantly busy fetching water, but at the same time you should actually stir again, so that the putty does not dry up.

In addition, the power of the drilling machine must not be overestimated . Many a drill has given up the ghost when mixing putty.

If in doubt, better use an agitator.

Filling of vinyl floor surface

The most important thing:

  • The levelling compound must be stirred properly – otherwise granules will form on the surface
  • The levelling compound must be evenly distributed
  • avoid “piles”
  • “wet in wet” work. Under no circumstances should the filler material dry on the edges.
  • The amount of water must be kept to 100% – simply read/comply with the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging

Prepare the vinyl floor substrate: Smoothly sand down the levelling compound

When the entire surface has been filled and then allowed to dry through, it must still be sanded clean.

To do this, we take a single-disc machine (with suction) and place a coarse grinding disc underneath (grain 24 or 36). Now we drive the complete screed with it and remove last unevenness as well as granules etc.

A good single disc machine costs well over 1000,- Euro. It is therefore advisable to borrow them from the local DIY market. As a washer you need a grinding wheel with very coarse grit – K24 or K36. This can also be purchased from the rental service.

Afterwards everything still has to be sucked off. The substrate for our vinyl floor is finished.

Continue with the laid vinyl flooring using the vinyl cutter.

The most important question first:
Floating vinyl flooring or better to glue?

On the basis of our relevant experience, we advise against a floating installation of vinyl flooring in almost all cases.

A floating vinyl floor that has deformed due to temperature fluctuations
A floating vinyl floor that has deformed due to temperature fluctuations 😀

Many manufacturers of vinyl floors write in their installation guidelines that the floor must not be installed under windows with strong light incidence or rooms with high temperatures.

What has this fact to do with the question “floating or glued installation“?

Most (click) vinyl floors for floating installation are made of solid vinyl, which can deform even at summer temperatures. Under windows with a lot of light, this happens particularly quickly.

This manifests itself in the formation of “hills” (convex deformation) and can push the ground upwards in the middle of the room.

This can cause doors to no longer open (!) or the floor to become irreversibly deformed. In our experience, therefore, in almost all cases floating installation is to be avoided.

If one also considers the Prices for vinyl floors, incl. Laying coststhe floating installation offers no price advantage compared to the much higher quality and more durable glued version.

Laying vinyl floor floating: advantages

  • fast installation
  • also feasible for laymen
  • very cheap for self-publishers

Floating installation of vinyl flooring: disadvantages

  • High susceptibility to heat
  • Danger of jointing
  • Danger of setting up the individual elements
  • No price advantage over a (much higher-quality) bonded installation by a service provider

The glue vinyl flooring is not the easiest, but the best way to obtain a stable and durable floor covering. However, the preparatory work must be carried out very precisely so that the vinyl flooring can be perfectly glued to the substrate.

The following methods are available:

  1. a full-surface bonding by means of adhesive and tooth filler
  2. gluing with a self-adhesive covering

You can find out right away how vinyl flooring works and what the differences are between the two methods.

Floating vinyl floor piles up
Another floating vinyl floor that would have been better glued 🙂

Prerequisites for successful bonding

Certain conditions must be met in order to glue a vinyl floor in such a way that it lies evenly on the floor without leaving any marks. This includes a clean, cementitiously filled and smoothly sanded substrate. You can find out how to prepare the substrate perfectly here.

If the subfloor is not perfectly levelled and sanded, the vinyl floor may, in the worst case, have dents or waves after gluing.

Then all the effort was in vain… 🙁

The different types of bonding

1. Full-surface bonding

For full-surface bonding, is applied to the well-prepared substrate with a toothed trowel dispersion adhesive (a wet adhesive), on which the 2 to 4 millimetre thick vinyl planks are then laid.

With the so-called “full-surface gluing“, work is always carried out in paths that correspond to a multiple of the width of a plank. What exactly is meant by this, you can see in the following video.

For this purpose, the wet adhesive is applied to the substrate over a large area over the entire width with precision using a notched trowel and, after allowing the adhesive to flash off briefly, placed in the adhesive bed. When gluing full-surface vinyl flooring, work must be carried out quickly, as the wet adhesive no longer adheres properly after 30 to 40 minutes.

How much adhesive apply?

In addition, neither too much nor too little adhesive should be applied to the substrate to achieve optimum adhesion. If you glue a vinyl floor, you do this with a so-called toothed spatula. These are available in different versions. Depending on the size of the “teeth”, different amounts of adhesive are applied. You can find out exactly which tooth size you need from the manufacturer/dealer of your vinyl floor.

The advantages of a glued vinyl floor

Glued vinyl flooring offers numerous advantages, namely this:

  • Solid vinyl is firmly bonded to the substrate, making the floor covering very stable and resistant. This is also the reason why it is used in the shop building as well as in the fair– and event area, among others.
  • Even in the case of underfloor heating, the adhesive vinyl flooring is the best solution, as the low installation height and the firm connection of the floor covering to the substrate enable a direct heat transfer.
  • A glued vinyl floor satisfies the highest demands and offers good room acoustics.

If you want to have a vinyl floor glued as a tenant, you should first obtain the permission of the landlord in order to be legally on the safe side.

2. Vinyl floor with self-adhesive underside

When bonded with a self-adhesive coating, the back of a module or plank is already prepared with adhesive, which is protected by a film. This is simply removed when the vinyl floor is glued, and the vinyl plank is applied to the previously primed underbody.

This technique, which is used for the vinyl floor ingeste, is popular with do-it-yourselfers, as it requires no skill with adhesive and tooth spatula. Nevertheless, extreme precision is required, o.g. when creating the first rows.

In order to lay a self-adhesive vinyl floor in a first-class manner , not only manual skill is required. It also takes a lot of time. Trained craftsmen can do the work very quickly. You will find one of our craftsman’s workshops also in your vicinity.

Laying of self-adhesive vinyl flooring

Before the vinyl floor can be glued to the already prepared substrate, it should acclimatize around 24 hours before bonding in the publishing room, so that it can adapt to the indoor climate.

Determining the direction of installation

Since the door is the main line of sight into the room, the laying process starts from here. The first step is the most important one, as it determines that the first row and the rows following it are laid exactly.

To create a straight line, a chalk line can be used:

Alternatively, a floor laser can also be used:

On the back of the plank there is (usually) an arrow indicating the installation direction.

This direction must be adhered to for all planks. The back slide is pulled off a bit and the first plank is placed exactly at the guide.

Then the rest of the film is removed and the plank is pressed to the floor.

Planks that need to be resized are scored with a sharp knife scored and then bent off. The second row of planks is then arranged at least one third offset from the first row.

For solid vinyl, usually no vinyl cutter or similar tool is necessary.

The holes required for the heating pipes are ideally made with a Forstner drill bit (for floating laid vinyl)

With glued solid vinyl, it is possible to square the holes with a cutter, or carpet knife, and break out. At the end, the skirting boards are screwed to the wall.

This is what we need to glue to the vinyl floor:

  • An adhesive spatula
  • Adhesive
  • A sharp cutter knife or a floor laying knife with trapezoidal blade
  • A bevel/angle or metal ruler
  • A line strike/chalk line or alternatively a line laser

Measuring the room before sticking

Before laying the vinyl floor, we have to think carefully about where we want to place our first 3-5 rows.

Typically, this is e.g. an exterior wall, which covers the entire length/width of the room.

We should also measure whether our wall of choice is at least reasonably parallel to the opposite wall. If this is not the case, the end result may be that you need to make diagonal cuts that do not look very nice.

In case of doubt, it is better to measure and average a little more.

Cut vinyl floor properly for installation

Vinyl floors can be cut with e.g. a large pair of scissors or a carpet knife. Professionals only scratch the surface with a sharp knife and break off the vinyl plank. This is the fastest way to install vinyl flooring.

Do not apply too much glue

The adhesive has a limited time in which it receives its adhesive strength.

If you wait too long, the adhesive must be laboriously scraped off the floor. It is therefore recommended to mark exactly beforehand how far the adhesive should be applied.

example:

We want to relocate 5 rows at the same time. Let’s assume a plank has a width of exactly 17 cm. So we draw a marker that is 17 cm x 5 wide (85 cm).

So we apply the adhesive to a track of exactly 85 cm width.

We then lay our first 5 rows of the vinyl floor on the adhesive bed. Then we draw the next 85 cm and so on.

Bonus Tip #1:

After each track that was laid, the flooring should be pressed again.

For this purpose there are, for example, special metal rollers, which are also used for laying carpets. Such rollers can usually be rented from any hardware store.

Alternatively, a board can be wrapped with a towel, with which you can then rub the freshly laid vinyl floor “along“.

Bonus Tip #2:

Even professionals it happens during installation that some adhesive gets onto the vinyl floor.

However, instead of washing it off immediately, it is better to wait until the adhesive has dried.

When washed off, the adhesive only spreads more and is difficult to remove from the joints later. If, on the other hand, it is left to dry, it can usually be removed easily after the vinyl floor has been laid .

Bonus Tip #3

If you need to interrupt the vinyl floor laying for several hours or days, remove excess adhesive from the substrate.

To do this, it is best to take a wooden board with a straight edge and press the excess adhesive flattened on the floor.

This is particularly important in the area of the edges of the vinyl that has already been laid. Otherwise, the glue must be scraped off with a scraper the next day.

A vinyl floor in the kitchen must meet the high requirements of a floor covering in a busy room. Why vinyl flooring is becoming increasingly popular in the kitchen is due to its special properties.

You can find out here which properties bruno wpml characterise a vinyl flooring, what requirements it must meet, especially in the kitchen, and why it meets these requirements.

For all those who are in a hurry, here are the advantages of having a vinyl floor in the kitchen

The advantages of vinyl flooring in the kitchen

Vinyl flooring in the kitchen is characterized by numerous advantages over other floor coverings:

  • Robust and hard-wearing
    The vinyl floor in the kitchen made of solid vinyl is very much more abrasion resistant than most other floors
  • Low noise
    A vinyl floor is particularly quiet and also warm to the feet. This makes working in the kitchen particularly pleasant
  • Moisture resistant
    A vinyl floor in the kitchen is resistant to water and also to other liquids used in a kitchen, which also applies to vapour formation, which cannot harm solid vinyl. If particularly high levels of moisture are to be expected – as in the bathroom – a sealing primer of PU (polyurethane) or epoxy resin can be applied before laying. This additionally prevents moisture from penetrating the substrate.
    Critical areas, for example door connections, are grouted with silicone for water resistance .
  • Easy to clean
    Thanks to the smooth surface vinyl floors are particularly easy to maintain. Drops can be quickly removed from the kitchen floor with a wipe. The vinyl floor is also quickly vacuumed and wiped. It is also possible to use a steam broom on vinyl without deforming your kitchen floor.
  • Flat construction
    Vinyl flooring for use in the kitchen is available in thicknesses from 5 millimetres upwards. It is therefore particularly suitable for renovation work and as a problem solver if there is little space for an additional structure so that doors do not have to be shortened.
  • Interchangeable
    If a floor is damaged or unsightly at one point, individual vinyl planks can be removed from above and replaced. This applies in particular to a vinyl floor in the kitchen made of solid vinyl which has been glued. This is not possible with click vinyl!
  • Harmless to health
    The German Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt), authorities and various testing institutes set very strict limits for vinyl floors in terms of pollutants and emissions. Their compliance is carefully monitored so that consumers have the desired product safety.
  • Design variety
    A vinyl floor for the kitchen is available as an artificial floor covering in all conceivable designs, colours and formats.
  • Installation types for every situation
    There is no floor covering that offers more variations in terms of installation than vinyl floor
Vinyl flooring in the kitchen
Vinyl floor laid in maple look in the kitchen

Vinyl floor in portrait: durable, abrasion-resistant and harmless to health

Today, vinyl flooring is a modern PVC flooring in an unprecedented variety. Different laying techniques and numerous decors make it a high-quality design floor that is excellent suitable for the kitchen.

Vinyl floors are characterized by a high durability and a very low wear and tear.

Solid vinyl in particular is water-resistant and is therefore also suitable for installation in wet rooms. It can even be cleaned wet or with a steam broom. Vinyl is polyvinyl chloride, which obtains its typical properties through various additives such as fillers, stabilizers :

  • Elastic
  • Durable
  • Abrasion

Phthalates were previously used as plasticizers, which was considered to be a concern and also posed a problem in terms of disposal. However, this has changed in the meantime.

Well-known vinyl floor manufacturers in Europe process harmless substances and refrain from using phthalates. This is also due to the strict requirements for floor coverings produced and certified in the EU. Today’s vinyl floors have also shed their dusty image from years past and are available in modern designs.

Requirements for flooring in a kitchen

A kitchen floor is exposed to a wide range of loads and must therefore meet high requirements.

When washing up quickly, doing the dishes and cooking, not only water drips onto the floor, but also other liquids such as red wine, cola, beer or fat splashes.

It is not always wiped off immediately, so that some things are trodden on the floor. It is therefore important that the floor covering in the kitchen is non-slip to prevent accidents. The same applies to cutlery and especially to edged objects such as knives, which may accidentally fall onto the kitchen floor and damage it.

The hygiene also plays a major role in the kitchen. Greasy liquids, scattered crumbs, pieces of vegetables and fruit that may fall onto the kitchen floor during processing must not be allowed to settle in grooves and cracks. The floor covering in a kitchen should therefore be easy to clean and dirt-repellent, so that things that have fallen down can be swept or wiped away quickly and easily.

The right floor covering for the kitchen must accordingly be waterproof, robust, dirt-repellent, non-slip and heat-resistant.

Vinyl floors for kitchens fulfil these properties, because they are practically indestructible, easy to clean, waterproof and, on top of that, comparatively priced. They are also warmer than a tiled floor, for example, and offer excellent footfall sound properties. Vinyl floors for the kitchen are available in various decors and shapes, as yard ware as well as in floorboard and tile form.

Vinyl flooring in the kitchen
Quickly something goes wrong in the kitchen next to it. Vinyl floors have to withstand this.

The right vinyl floor for the kitchen – robust, water-repellent and design-heavy

Vinyl floors are characterized by a particularly low height and are practical when it comes to the renovation of the kitchen floor.

In any case, we recommend full vinyl with a thickness of 3 to 5 millimeters, which is commonly referred to as “PVC strips”.

Vollvinyl has excellent resistance to moisture, so it is not possible to swell the floor, because full vinyl for the kitchen is 100 percent water-repellent plastic.

Another possibility is click vinyl. These are solid vinyl elements with a thickness of eight to twelve millimeters with “groove and spring” for easy clicking, which are also suitable as floor coverings for the kitchen. Click vinyl is not glued to the substrate, but laid loosely on a foam pad or other type of impact sound insulation. Klickvinyl is also available as a full vinyl, which is at least insensitive to water.

Vinyl floors not suitable for the kitchen:

Ready-made vinyl floors on HDF carrier boards are rather unsuitable for the kitchen. These are highly compacted wood fibreboards, the top layer of which is coated with a very thin vinyl layer. The principle is similar to that of laminate floors. HDF carriers are sensitive to water and high humidity, which can cause them to deform.

One of the special advantages of a vinyl floor in the kitchen is the extraordinary variety of design. Vinyl floors for the kitchen are available in wood designs as replicas of oak, beech or maple, but also as ship flooring, in plank look, in herringbone pattern and in stone look. Even those who favour a tile design in the kitchen will get their money’s worth, because vinyl flooring for the kitchen is also available in a tile look.

Vinyl flooring in the kitchen
This retro vinyl floor can’t do anything.

Why a specialist should lay the vinyl floor in the kitchen

Vinyl floors must meet certain requirements in the kitchen. These can only be fulfilled if the flooring is laid by a specialist.

Among other things, the substrate and the barrier primer must be perfectly applied in order to be able to install the vinyl floor in the kitchen. Very precise work in the areas of the joints is extremely important, on the one hand to ensure the tightness and on the other hand for an excellent appearance with very thin silicone joints.

If a joint is applied too wide, the entire flooring appears inferior.

As a specialist company, we not only install your vinyl floor perfectly in the kitchen, but also support you in choosing the right design. Contact us today!

The advantages of vinyl flooring do not only relate to material properties, appearance or ease of installation, the costs are also relatively low.

This article supports you in your search for suppliers from whom you can buy your vinyl floor at a low price buy.

As varied as a vinyl floor is, so different can be the prices.

When it comes to the purchase of a new vinyl floor, a lot of money can be saved by researching and comparing offers and suppliers.

Whether self-adhesive vinyl or click vinyl, whether vinyl flooring in Wood-, Stone- or Concrete look, whether as floorboard or tile – there are various ways to find the right offer for almost any vinyl floor.

Order vinyl flooring cheaply online

The digital age opens up new opportunities when it comes to price comparisons and bargain hunting.

This is no different with vinyl flooring.

Countless online shops offer vinyl flooring at reasonable prices or entice with special offers.

If it is a reputable and certified provider, there is no objection to an online purchase.

On the contrary – ordering a vinyl floor online has advantages, such as the comprehensive assortment, the location- and time-independent selection or the convenient delivery directly to the doorstep.

Concerns about whether the vinyl floor actually fits or pleases don’t matter anymore: Most online shops can request free samples of the vinyl floor before ordering.

Among the largest and most well-known online shops for vinyl floors include, for example:

planeo.com

In addition to vinyl flooring from well-known manufacturers, the Planeo online shop also offers a comprehensive range of products from the “planeo” private label – presented in a clear and structured manner.

The certified Trusted Shop not only guarantees a reputable ordering and payment process, but also offers a comprehensive range of services:

  • Free sample shipping,
  • free shipping within Germany,
  • Free storage of ordered goods
  • 24-hour express delivery
  • telephone expert advice
  • customer-friendly consulting times

Offers in different price categories in combination with regular promotions and sales offer a wide range of opportunities to to find a suitable, good and cheap vinyl floor.

casando.com

A large selection of click vinyl shelves from various manufacturers, some with free shipping, is available at casando.de. This online shop also has the trusted shop certificate, offers free sample dispatch within 24 hours and a specialist telephone consultation.

Should the vinyl floor not meet your expectations, the 123 days valid return policy ensures uncomplicated returns.

floor24.com

In addition to the regular assortment of vinyl floors in various formats and decors, you can discover special offers in the category special items and promotions on floor24.de vinyl floor bargains at temporary low prices.

Other online shops with a diverse selection of vinyl flooring of all kinds are Laminat-Schmiede.de, vinylonline24.de, deinetuer.de and many more.

Cheap vinyl flooring from the DIY store

If you prefer to choose your new vinyl floor personally and if necessary want to take it with you, you are well advised in DIY stores.

From Obi or Hornbach via BayWa or Globus up to Hagebaumarkt, Toom or Roller – almost all well-assorted DIY stores have large floor departments with a wide range of different vinyl floors from various producers.

The range extends from solid vinyl by the metre, click vinyl in planks or floorboards to PVC tiles in a wide variety of decors and looks.

Discount campaigns, customer cards or stock sales offer the opportunity to get hold of the vinyl bottom particularly cheaply.

But even without special promotions there is always a certain selection of vinyl shelves on offer.

If the do-it-yourself store has an online shop – which is usually the case – this can be used to make a pre-selection of suitable vinyl floors, create a watch list and check availability in the respective store.

This not only facilitates decision-making, but also saves time and unnecessary paths.

Of course, the vinyl floor from the DIY store can also be ordered directly in the online shop.

Buy vinyl flooring cheaply as residual items online

Find vinyl floor ingesses

Especially for repairs or smaller renovations, often only small amounts of the vinyl floor are necessary.

Both online shops and DIY stores usually offer residual items of vinyl flooring at absolute special conditions – the prices are for the most part far below the regular selling price.

This makes residual items a proven alternative when it comes to buying vinyl flooring well and cheaply.