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What is the difference between flexible and rigid vinyl floors?

Flexible vinyl floors are vinyl floors of the first generation. They are also called "LVT" floor (Luxury Vinyl Tiles).

 

Initially, flexible vinyl floors were only available as "dryback" (glued) floors. When installing such floors, you must always level out first (level the subfloor). Then apply the floor strips to the subfloor with glue. This is a sound installation method, but a fairly complex, time-consuming and costly job.

 

In the next phase, the same flexible vinyl floors were also put on the market in a slightly thicker version with an integrated click system for a floating installation (as is the case with a laminate floor or floating parquet). This should allow an easier installation. However, because it stays a "flexible" product, there are a number of restrictions regarding installation:

 

Installation in direct sunlight is not possible: when a flexible floor panel heats up, it becomes even more flexible and als expands a little bit. It tries to push the other panels away into the expansion joint, but this doesn't work out well since it stays a flexible panel. As a result, the floor panel comes up at the weakest point in the floor: the ends slightly raise. In case of floating floor coverings with less flexible panels, this problem doesn't arise: the panel expand and pushes the other floor panels away so that the expansion takes place in the expansion joint.

 

Flexible vinyl floors

 

Floorify

Contain plasticizers.

 

The core of Floorify rigid vinyl floors contains no plasticizers.

 

The subfloor must still be perfectly flat, otherwise you will see the linings of the subfloor through it. When installed on an existing tile floor, you will for example see the underlying joints over time. Equalisation is therefore always recommended.

 

Floorify rigid vinyl floors can be installed on almost any surface without preparation (no leveling required). WIthout risk of seeing the underlying joints or other irregularities after a while (see installation instructions for details).

 

Weak click system

 

Extremely strong click system: no risk of open joints when the floor covering cools off. Use of a softer, more smoothing and sound-absorbing underlay is perfectly possible.

 

Installation in direct sunlight (eg veranda) or exposure to heat gives problems. When a flexible floor panel heats up, it becomes a little bit more flexible and it also expands. It tries to push the other panels away in the expansion joint, but that doesn't work out well because of the flexibility of the floor panel. As a result, it raises up to the weakest spot in the floor covering and the ends are thus raised a bit.

 

Installation in direct sunlight poses no problems. WIth a Floorify floor that heats up, the floor panel expands (very limited) and push the other panels away so that the expansion takes place in the expansion joint.

More questions? Contact a Floorify sales outlet