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Why Vinyl Plank Flooring

Browse through this guide to vinyl flooring and understand vinyl better.

Vinyl plank flooring in Australia offers a range of benefits over other forms of flooring. Vinyl is incredibly durable, handling even the busiest foot traffic quite comfortably. Additionally, vinyl plank is comfortable, easy to clean, offers reduced noise transference and is more cost-effective than many other flooring options.

The key benefit of vinyl flooring is that it comes in a range of colours and patterns to match every décor. Nothing is out of reach with vinyl plank flooring.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Pros:

  • Most vinyl planks are backed with a rubber product. When installed, this feature allows for a softer floor with more give. The surface will look like hardwood and have that strong feel, but standing on vinyl for a long time is easier than standing on real wood. Additionally, things are less likely to break when dropped on vinyl, which is good for when accidents happen like dropping a glass.
  • Vinyl flooring is water resistant and some vinyl options are totally waterproof, making it a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl is better at sealing against water damage than laminate and hardwood.
  • Vinyl plank can be installed directly on top of your subfloor, this will make the process quick, cost-effective and easy, provided the subfloor is in good condition and smooth. When removing your old flooring, inspect the subfloor to make sure it’s in a good state before adding vinyl.
  • If you are looking for low maintenance flooring, vinyl plank is the choice for you. The product is long-lasting, requiring only routine cleaning, like sweeping and occasionally mopping, to keep it looking like new.
  • Vinyl is a long-lasting flooring product and can last up to 20 years. Once it’s been installed, you’ll have a great floor for years to come.
  • Thicker vinyl plank generally has excellent acoustic properties. They transfer far less noise to neighbouring rooms or rooms below than a hard surface such as tile would.

Cons:

  • Vinyl products tend to contort to any particles left beneath them during installation. For instance, a trapped bit of dust could eventually become a bump in your floors. As such, you must take extra care during installation to ensure absolutely no particles are left on the subfloor. This can be tedious, but the final outcome is well worth the effort.
  • While vinyl will hold up for many years, you can damage it. Dragging heavy furniture can result in scuffs and gouges that are difficult to remove. If you do rearrange furniture, be sure to cover the feet with felt, or lift the piece off the ground before moving it.

How to Install your Vinyl Plank Flooring

General considerations

Preparation is key to getting the best out of your new vinyl planks – follow these simple steps before starting the installation to get that professional look.

Vinyl plank, like anything else, expands and contracts as it heats or cools. For this reason, it is important to let the planks acclimatise to your home for 24 to 48 hours before installation. The subfloor is the most important part of the preparation for installation and it is crucial that the subfloor is flat, smooth and sound prior to laying your vinyl planks. Make sure that the floor is clean before you start – no dust or grit left on the floor. Pick the longest wall in the room and lay from that wall with the planks running in the same direction as the length of the room.

Loose Lay Vinyl Plank

Loose Lay vinyl plank is, as the name suggests, designed to be laid flat on the subfloor. These planks have a rubber backing with a specially designed high friction coefficient. They get an extremely strong grip of the subfloor, but they are removable and reusable and do not leave any residue behind. Despite this, most manufacturers recommend that the plank be stuck to the floor with adhesive in at least a grid-stick pattern. Vinyl plank is relatively soft and can easily be shaped to go around door frames, cupboard edges, pipes etc.

These vinyl planks are good for domestic use with normal to high traffic, and for Commercial use with moderate to light traffic. The easiest and quickest installation is the loose lay vinyl planks. All you need is a ruler, gloves, glue scraper and a carpet knife for cutting the tiles. Perfect for DIY. See video for installation guide.

Self-adhesive Vinyl Plank

Self-adhesive vinyl plank comes with a pressure sensitive adhesive layer on their back and do not require extra glue. They are installed by simply removing the protective film, positioning the plank or tile, and pressing down.
These vinyl planks are good for domestic use with normal traffic.
Easy to install, but take a little bit longer than the loose lay type due to the peel and stick technique. Perfect for DIY. See video for installation guide.

 

Glue-down LVT Vinyl Plank

Glue-down vinyl plank is intended to be glued to the subfloor. The adhesive is first applied to the subfloor and then the vinyl tiles or planks are pressed into the adhesive layer. The glue is to be applied with a toothed trowel according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Unless you are really good at DIY, this may be something best left to the professionals. Because these planks are glued to the floor, the floor increases their structural integrity and results in an exceedingly durable product. This method can be used on all vinyl planks but is critical in the 2mm to 3.5mm planks.

These vinyl planks are good for all Domestic, Commercial, and Industrial use with all kinds of traffic.

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