Vinyl planks have become a popular flooring choice not just for water prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens but also for common areas and bedrooms. This is because vinyl planking is able to replicate real wood plank (and even stone) flooring for a fraction of the price.
What are Vinyl Planks?
Essentially, vinyl planks (also called luxury vinyl plank - LVP), are long narrow strips of sheet vinyl. This is a flooring material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sold in continuous, large, flexible sheets. Planks are typically 36 or 48 inches long with widths in the 6-inch range. Thickness ranges from 2mm to 5mm. Thicker planks are sturdier and more substantial beneath your feet. A thicker plank can also be used to cover up a mediocre subfloor.
Types of Vinyl Plank Installation
Sheet vinyl also ranks highly for ease of installation. It can be installed over concrete, wooden or any other base flooring with the help of rubber based adhesives. Often these will be in the form of a sticky backing you can simply peel off which is relatively simple enough for you to do yourself.
When Not to Choose Sheet Vinyl
Every home is different, and one installation type may work better than another. It’s a good thing vinyl planks have more than a few installation options.
- Interlocking vinyl planks. Similar to the click system found in parquet, interlocking vinyl planks use the “tongue and groove” method of fitting objects together, edge to edge. Vinyl planks are locked together in order to create a floating floor. The planks are not glued to the subfloor, but instead the weight of the interlocked planks holds the floor in place.
- Glue-down vinyl planks.Intended for high traffic areas, glue-down vinyl planks require a special vinyl glue separately. The adhesive is first applied to the subfloor and then the vinyl planks are fixed to the adhesive layer.
- Peel and stick planks. With peel and stick planks, each plank has a pressure sensitive adhesive layer on the back. To install, simply remove the protective film and press the plank onto the ground.
- Loose lay vinyl planks. Loose lay vinyl planks have a special bottom layer that grips the floor without using any adhesive. They are removable and reusable and do not leave any residue behind.
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