Those faded plastic vinyls are no more
Most of us has at least one relative that, fairly proudly, used to have vinyl floor tiles, usually in the kitchen, stuck down to a wobbly floor. That is the picture that comes to mind when you think of vinyl floors, those horrible little plastic tiles that just wouldn’t stay down.
Fast forward to now, and you would be pleasantly surprised at the latest ranges of vinyl floors. Gone are the days of vinyl floors that would fade or lift.
Now you can even choose from luxury vinyl tiles to planks with a variety of finishes that include wood, stone and all manner of modern patterns.
Even the installation offers you a wider variety of options, vinyl floors can now be purchased with your specific installations preference in mind:
- Dry-back luxury vinyl tiles can be stuck down with adhesive
- Click-system luxury vinyl tiles clip together with a tongue-and-groove joint
- Loose-lay luxury vinyl tiles can be pressed down without any need for adhesive.
What’s good about vinyl flooring?
All these choices for one!
Vinyl floors are strong, durable and easy to clean. Also, it is slip proof, a good heat insulator and moisture-proof. Installation is easier than ever before with the different options available.
The finish comes in an even greater variety of choices to be made! Vinyl tiles became popular in the 1920s exactly because they were so durable and affordable, now they are popular again for the
same reasons, but with some extra perks like realistic wood finishes.
But what about warmth
Luxury vinyl tiles has become one of the fastest growing flooring categories, with the technology for this flooring option being reconsidered greatly! A lot of research and development has gone
into the redesign of vinyl flooring, which has resulted in you having a lot more flexibility with your floors, you can now even use luxury vinyl tiles with your radiant underfloor heating.
Contrary to what you may think, luxury vinyl tiles are actually a cold floor covering once it is installed on a cold subfloor, so underfloor heating is certainly a good choice!
Installing radiant underfloor heating with your vinyl tiles
With luxury vinyl tiles your basic radiant underfloor heating installation best practices are all that is required. Of course, it is still advisable to get a professional to correctly do the installation for you, however here are your basic steps of installation:
- Prepare the sub-floor – Clean the subfloor to ensure that there are no debris that could damage your radiant underfloor heating. If the floor is damaged or uneven, treat the floor to a layer of self-levelling screed after you have laid down the heating cables.
- Test the heating element – Do a quick test with a multimeter to ensure the heater is operational
- Install the underfloor heating element – Lay out the heating wires according to the installation plan
- Place the floor sensor – This is an important step, as the floor sensor will continuously monitor the floor temperature, you want to be sure that this is correctly placed
As with laminate floors, the heating element must cover 90% of the floor area and the maximum temperature should not exceed 27ᵒC. The temperature can be regulated with an intelligent thermostat, which can be pre-set to ensure that the heat does not go over the maximum allowed mark. Your floor sensor will monitor the floor temperature and regulate the heat so as not to damage your new luxury vinyl floors.
Now that you know which luxury vinyl tile system you want, and you know that you want underfloor heating, obviously, you even get to choose between the different heating options:
- If you are planning the floors for a new building, why not consider hydronic underfloor heating
- For electric underfloor heating you can look at some more options like:
- In-slab cables
- Low voltage heating wire
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