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!