Vinyl flooring planks are an alternative to natural timber flooring and has been strongly accepted by clients. Residential homes, retail outlets, commercial projects all can benefit from quality vinyl flooring planks.
Vinyl flooring planks come in a wide range of colours and textures, including timber features. The sizes will vary slightly but generally 127mm x 900mm long and they can be purchased in different thickness, 3mm to 6mm approximately.
Not only are vinyl planks available in simulated timber, but the range also covers tile or stone range, Travertine and Sandstone are available.
The installation process
Vinyl planks are hard wearing and in present times, some manufactures have gone to the next level by having an interlocking system on the edge. Other manufactures have straight cut edges and both require attention to detail throughout the installation process.
Vinyl flooring planks can be installed over existing vinyl, timber floors, tiles and concrete surfaces with some preparation required. In all cases a flat – level surface is required, vinyl will bend, however it will be noticeable after installation. Generally a level screed is applied not only to fill the small imperfections out, it acts as a filler in-between the grout lines and adds for increased contact between adhesive and plank.
Some vinyl planks have the adhesive already on the bottom, the plastic wrap is removed and the plank is pressed onto surface. Care should be taken that product are not left exposed to extreme sunlight and heat prior to install.
Generally after the floor is prepared, the vinyl adhesive is either rolled on or trowelled in sections and left a short time to tack off, then the planks are carefully placed and pressed down. Heavy rollers can be used to ensure equal contact and pressure is applied over the section. Most vinyl planks can be walked on immediately after install, allowing for a quick handover.
Cleaning and care of vinyl plank flooring
Most vinyl plank manufactures claim to be scratch resistant and water resistant, however this does not mean water proof. Care should be taken to avoid deep scratches. Sand and grit will affect the floor surface therefore floor mats should be used wiping feet prior to walking on vinyl flooring. Care should be taken around windows, in particular windows that allow direct sunlight through over long periods and cause adhesive issues.
Cleaning the vinyl planks is rather easy, vacuum or dust mop your floors as required and liquid vinyl cleaner is recommend for cleaning up spills. Most manufactures do not recommend steam mops as they may cause damage and void any warranty.
To complete the vinyl planks, scotia, skirting or bead can be used depending on product. After the vinyl planks are installed, skirting can be installed and scotia or bead where required throughout kitchen areas. In some cases a transition may be required where the vinyl planks meet the tiles.
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As with any flooring installation, a quality product will always benefit, you the client, in the long run. Attention to detail and a clear understating of how flooring systems work is what makes Westech Flooring a step above others.