The vinyl tiles and planks market has grown drastically recently due to their affordability, quality, and easy maintenance. Thanks to the latest technologies in manufacturing LVT, this vinyl flooring option offers incredibly realistic designs resembling wood, hardwood, stone, or ceramic, but at much lower prices and with better replacement prospects. So with hundreds of different styles and textures to choose from, how can you be sure to make the right choice? While trends in interior design might help you pick the best look for your home, what should you do when it comes to installing the vinyl tiles?
4 DIFFERENT TYPES OF TILES AND PLANKS - GLUED OR FLOATING
First things first. Generally speaking, there are two main types of vinyl plank flooring from an installation point of view. On the one hand, you have the LVT that is fixed to the ground with glue or self-adhesive, which means you need to wait at least 24 to 48 hours after installation for the glue to cure. On the other there are the floating vinyl planks and tiles which do not require any kind of glue or adhesive and which can be used immediately after installation. The first category comprises self-adhesive vinyl planks and glue-down vinyl flooring, while the latter consists of vinyl click flooring and loose lay vinyl flooring. Now, let’s quickly see what each of these four installation systems mean.
Self-adhesive vinyl tiles and planks
Self-adhesive vinyl planks and tiles already have 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.
Removal: easy to remove individual tiles by warming them up with a blow-dryer, cutting them in smaller pieces and removing them carefully.
Glue-down vinyl flooring is intended for gluing, but it requires getting the special vinyl glue separately. The adhesive is first applied to the ground and then the vinyl tiles or planks are fixed to the adhesive layer. Therefore, it's generally recommended to leave this installation to a professional.
Removal: hard to remove.
Interlocking vinyl planks and tiles
Interlocking vinyl planks and tiles have special tongues and grooves on their edges so that adjoining tiles just click together in place. This is very similar to the click systems found on parquet and laminate flooring most of us are familiar with.
Removal: entire row must be taken apart to remove an individual tile.
Loose lay vinyl planks
Loose lay vinyl planks and tiles do adhere to the ground, but that is due to the high friction coefficient of their special bottom layer. They get an extremely strong grip of the subfloor, but they are removable and reusable and do not leave any residue behind.
Removal: easy to remove individual planks by cutting them in smaller pieces and carefully pulling them up.