Vinyl Plank Flooring and Vinyl Rigid Planks
Vinyl Plank flooring is an outstanding reproduction of the timber look with the benefits of great function at a more affordable cost. Generally vinyl plank flooring (also known as LVT – luxury vinyl tiles) is supplied in dimensions similar to laminate flooring of approximately 1.2 to 1.5 metre lengths.
The installation of this product requires preparation of the concrete subfloor with a feather coat screed to ensure it is flat and ready for the vinyl planks to be installed on.
The vinyl plank floor is then adhered to the screed giving the presentation of a timber floor. The floor is ready to walk on 24 hours after installation.
Vinyl Plank Flooring has some great benefits over other timber flooring options;
- it is very quiet underfoot unlike the “clicking” sound that can be associated with laminate flooring
- it is softer underfoot than other hard flooring options
- it is 100% waterproof and suitable for installation in wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries
- it is well priced in comparison to other timber flooring options
If you like Laminate Flooring, it is also worth considering Hybrid Flooring
Hybrid Flooring is a great product innovation that has successfully combined the benefits of laminate flooring and vinyl plank flooring with an authentic timber look that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Essentially Hybrid flooring has a core of limestone and PVC that does not absorb moisture whilst being very durable. The top layer is made up of vinyl together with a hard-wearing clear top layer whilst most products also contain a built-in underlay on the bottom of each board. The final result is a “Hybrid floor” with the best benefits of laminate and vinyl plank flooring alternatives.
Traditionally, laminate flooring has a reputation for being noisy underfoot and susceptible deterioration when too much moisture is present. Hybrid flooring is 100% waterproof and much quieter underfoot.
Similarly, vinyl plank flooring has always required a high degree of sub floor preparation followed by a full trowel of adhesive making it a little more of a complex to install. Hybrid Flooring requires little to no subfloor preparation and is installed complete with a built-in underlay in one easy step with no adhesive or additional underlays required.