If tiles have become unsightly or have gone out of fashion in colour, the search for alternatives begins when new tiles are not an option.
One way to cover a tiled floor is to use vinyl floors.
But is it at all possible to lay vinyl floor on tiles?
The answer is: It depends, because not every vinyl flooring is suitable for this purpose, and there are also some special features to consider when laying it.
You can find out which vinyl flooring is suitable for laying on tiles and which is not and which special features have to be taken into account here.
Which vinyl floors are suitable for laying on tiles?
There are three different types of vinyl floors, namely solid vinyl, click vinyl and click vinyl with HDF backing, which have different properties and accordingly advantages and disadvantages and which are laid in different ways, so that not every vinyl floor is suitable for laying on tiles.
Is Vollvinyl suitable for laying on tiles?
Solid vinyl is a 2 to 4 millimetre thick plank, commonly known as PVC strip. This is the original and typical floor covering when talking about a vinyl floor, a design floor made of vinyl or design vinyl. Solid vinyl is laid firmly with the subfloor bonded. For this reason, this floor covering is extremely robust and resistant, so that it can even be used in the commercial sector and in shop fitting.
The advantages and disadvantages
The advantage of solid vinyl is that this floor covering is glued to the tiles and fixed to the substrate.
This gives the vinyl floor stability so that the floor does not bounce when walked on and does not rattle. Instead, it feels safe and solid. Full vinyl is also resistant to water and heat radiation. Together with the levelling layer, the solid vinyl flooring achieves a maximum height between 5 and 8 millimetres, so that doors need to be sanded down only slightly, if at all.
The disadvantage of solid vinyl is that due to the careful gluing to the tiles the laying is more costly and therefore also more cost-intensive compared to the click system.
We recommend this variant to our customers when it comes to gluing vinyl flooring on tiles.
Is Klick-Vinyl suitable for laying on tiles?
Unlike solid vinyl, click vinyl consists of 8 to 12 millimetres thicknesses click elements, similar to click laminate. Due to the click system, click vinyl is cut to size with a vinyl cutter and then laid lose on a foam underlay or a impact sound insulation for vinyl and not glued. If the click vinyl consists of solid vinyl, it is at least insensitive to water.
The decisive advantage of Klick-Vinyl is that this vinyl floor can be laid very quickly and with little effort thanks to the click system . That is why do-it-yourselfers can also take on this task. After careful cleaning, the vinyl floor is laid floating on the impact sound insulation, whereby sufficient distance from the wall should be maintained. Once this work is done, the skirting boards are finally attached.
The disadvantage of Click-Vinyl is that the floor, like laminate, can rattle and rock easily on an uneven surface.
Depending on the quality of the click vinyl, the material can warp due to the fact that it is not firmly fixed to the ground due to high humidity or strong sunlight and very high temperatures.
Moreover, click vinyl reacts much more sensitively to water than the glued version with full vinyl. Overall, Klick-Vinyl achieves a high construction thickness, so that together with the impact sound insulation 12 to 15 millimetres can be achieved. Therefore, it is possible that the floor with the newly installed vinyl floor total may become too high, so that opening the door and other constructions in this room are impaired.
Place click vinyl on tiles only in exceptional cases
Even though vinyl flooring floating on tiles can be laid , we only recommend this variant to our customers in justified exceptional cases.
One of these exceptions is the installation of a vinyl floor on existing tiles with underfloor heating. Most vinyl floors are approved by the manufacturers for underfloor heating, but with the restriction that underfloor heating can be limited to a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
Additional values are usually not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. For the maximum efficiency of underfloor heating, Klick-Vinyl is better suited than full vinyl. However, the thermal permeability can be affected by the impact sound insulation.
Is Click Vinyl with HDF carrier suitable for laying on tiles?
Click vinyl with HDF backing is the lowest quality level for vinyl floors. Laminate floors are also made of so-called HDF or MDF carriers, which are highly compressed wood fibre boards. Unlike laminate floors, click vinyl floors with HDF backing are covered with an approx. 1 millimetre thin vinyl layer. However, this construction is very sensitive to water and high humidity.
Once this type of vinyl floor has been exposed to water and has become deformed, it no longer assumes its original shape . The distortions remain even after drying. For this reason, it is not recommended to install Click-Vinyl with HDF backing as vinyl flooring on tiles.
Why only professionals should lay your full vinyl on tiles
Vinyl flooring should only be laid on tiles by professionals for various reasons.
First, the substrate must be cleaned carefully. Subsequently, a special primer is applied, which is either a mixture of epoxy resin with quartz sand or PU primer (polyurethane) with quartz sand. A compensating mass is then placed and the substrate is carefully spat and straightened.
Only in this way is it possible to prevent the structure of the tiles or even the joints from being pushed through and becoming visible through the vinyl floor. These preparatory measures are also necessary because the adhesive for the vinyl floor needs an absorbent substrate to provide sufficient hold and long-term adhesion.
Firstly by filling the surface with filler a smooth and stable surface is created, which is sanded after the drying process to level out any unevenness and to create a flawless substrate free of residue. Only then can the full vinyl floor be laid and glued.
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