Vinyl flooring can be applied on top of other coatings with a practical and fast installation and even without breaking. The vinyl floor can be a sensible idea to be installed on an existing ceramic floor. Although this idea seems strange to you, you can give it another texture and another style in a simple way, also without making significant expenses or major restructuring.
Types of vinyl flooring
Two types of vinyl flooring are in stock :
Flexible vinyl: This is characterised by rolls from 4 to 20 meters in length. It is convenient when laying and provides a smooth finished surface. A negative aspect of this floor is that it does not withstand heavy weights because you must consider the importance of the furniture you will place on it.
Rigid vinyl: This has a resistant material of any other type, they are generally wood fibres, and the surface is covered by vinyl. These are more resistant than those mentioned above.
As for its size, we can find vinyl floors with square shapes such as ceramics. We can also find it on the market in rectangular strips. And based on the design, some designs emulate materials such as stone or wood in the best way, going from plain to colourful, with unique and combined methods. They can also have different thicknesses ranging from 2 to 5 millimetres thick. Therefore, the 3-millimetre ones are recommended since they are resistant.
Vinyl flooring installation method on ceramic flooring
The cleanliness of the lining to be replaced is also essential. Before installing the vinyl, it is recommended to remove traces of glue and paint from the surface to prevent the new coating from showing marks after installation.
If you have cracks, we recommend chipping away at the subfloor and redoing it. For unevenness and undulations of up to 10 mm, the self-levelling will solve the problem with rapid drying with a single layer, providing excellent mechanical resistance and dispensing with the sanding of the surface. In addition, it must be free of moisture to achieve a better installation. Taking this into account, we recommend that you follow the following steps:
- Measure the surface of your space and calculate the amount you will need. This will save you money and avoid unnecessary material.
- Place levelling compound to cover the joints or spaces and unevenness that may previously exist on the floor. This is recommended when the height difference is not greater than 2 millimetres.
- Proceed to sand the levelling mass with the finest sandpaper you can use. This will help you correct any imperfections.
- Place the adhesive. It is recommended that you do it with a notched trowel, preferably a water-based cement since this allows you to correct any imperfection in time when laying the floor.
Currently, vinyl floors show a technology that makes them very striking in the decorative market; This is because they are made with much more resistant materials. They provide excellent quality and a variety of designs that give the environment a special touch. They are practical when it comes to being installed. In addition to withstanding humidity traffic in various areas and you can easily clean them.
We hope that these tips will be of great help to you so that you can add another touch to it with this versatile coating.
Characteristics of the vinyl floor on ceramic?
Composed of PVC, mineral fillers, plasticisers, pigments and additives, the vinyl floor is a light and flexible covering that, compared to ceramics and other cold feet, stands out for its comfort and practicality.
It adds much more to internal environments than the welcoming appearance of wood: it also provides thermal comfort, excellent acoustics and even more pleasant tactile experiences.
In addition to these advantages, the installation is one of the factors that most differentiates it from other materials. In the case of porcelain and ceramic tiles, for example, after setting the pieces on the subfloor, it is necessary to wait at least 72 hours to start the grouting stage, which also requires another three days to dry.
Already vinyl can be ready for use in less than two days and presents a practical and clean laying, being possible to install on ceramics – an excellent alternative for those who want to renovate the floor of their house but do not want to break the current coating and are looking for reform with less dirt.
How to install vinyl flooring over other types of flooring?
In addition to installing vinyl flooring over ceramic and porcelain tiles, there are other types of coatings in which overlapping with vinyl is possible. Still, it is essential to know the characteristics of the current floor well to be sure.