Sticking over tiles with vinyl – what you should consider when preparing

Craftsman lays vinyl flooring

With its high resilience and resistance to moisture and dirt, tile flooring is ideal for rooms with special requirements. In return However, it feels cold, which can reduce living comfort. Visually, it may not be to everyone’s taste.

If they a warmer and more visually appealing surface If you wish, you can use the tiles cover with vinyl. In which cases this is possible and what you should do in particular Preparation for gluing vinyl to tiles should note, read here.

1. Click vinyl or adhesive vinyl: Different methods for laying vinyl on tiles

There are basically two different ways to lay vinyl flooring on tiles. One of them is this one to stick on the tiles. Please note, however, that the durability of the vinyl sheets will suffer if you apply the adhesive vinyl to an untreated tile floor. You can prevent this by: Prepare the surface accordingly and put it in a ready-to-install condition.

Alternatively, you can use vinyl flooring floating above the tiled floor in your kitchen, your hallway or your bathroom. High quality Click vinyl is essential in this case. Only if the vinyl with click system is stable and durable is it suitable for floating installation on tiled floors.

Which Advantages and disadvantages of click vinyl and adhesive vinyl We have summarized them clearly in the following table:

Click vinyl Adhesive vinyl
easy to lay

goes faster

easy dismantling

no chemical adhesives

Higher tolerance of uneven surfaces

can be committed immediately

individual panels can be replaced

Easy to renovate thanks to its low installation height

better room acoustics

high stability and service life

good heat transfer

Panels cannot slip

also approved for wet rooms

Full-surface painting possible

x requires impact sound insulation

x faster damage to the click connections

x minimized heat transfer

x requires a high level of craftsmanship

x requires absolutely flat ground

x Can only be walked on when the adhesive has dried

In the following sections you will learn more about which steps to prepare are helpfulto achieve good results when gluing vinyl records.

2. Adhesive vinyl on tiles: With conscientious preparation you get the perfect result

Vinyl for gluing has an above-average long life span and stays strong even under heavy use reliably in place. However, this only applies if the covering is properly glued. If a tiled floor serves as a base, some are to take preparatory measures.

How to prepare the tile floor for the adhesive vinyl:

Hand with orange glove scrubs the tile floor with a brush.

Thorough cleaning of the tiles is essential.

  1. Inspect the tiles – they should be free of cracks and major differences in height.
  2. Clean the tile floor thoroughly so that it is clean and dry when finished.
  3. Apply a special primer as a base for the filler.
  4. Apply the filler – also known as leveling compound or leveling compound – over a large area and carefully straighten it.
  5. Wait for the filler to dry and then work on the surface with a sander.
  6. Clean the floor again.
  7. Apply in stages Dispersion adhesive onto the surface and lay the adhesive vinyl according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip: If you want to cover tiled floors with vinyl, you need a high level of craftsmanship. It is advisable to place this work in professional hands. The additional costs for installation pay off in the long term, because a professionally glued vinyl floor lasts for many years – sometimes even decades.

3. 4 tips to stick vinyl on tile floor

Laying a new floor on top of an existing one has a high potential for error. With the following Tips for preparation You can prevent later repair work – and thus save time and money.

3.1. Take enough time to examine the tiled floor

Check the condition of the tiles carefully for all reasons Identify cracks and loose areas. This will help you to tailor the following preparatory measures individually. Professional floor layers follow the building standards as part of the subsurface testing DIN 18365. The specifications recorded there describe what the soil must be like: even, sturdy, clean, dry and free of cracks.

A notice: In certain cases it is essential to completely remove the tiles before laying the adhesive vinyl. This is the case, for example, if you have to maintain a low overall height of the floor or the tiles are damaged beyond repair.

3.2. Don’t rely solely on your sense of proportion

The spirit level and folding rule lie next to each other next to different tiles.

Have a ruler handy when checking the soil.

Seemingly minimal differences in height between individual tiles often turn out to be large deviations when measured accurately.

Determine those too maximum height that the new floor can have at the end. You can sand regular doors in condos or houses if necessary. However, if you live in a rented apartment or if it is on your front door, a reduction is usually not possible without further ado. The same applies to glass doors, which are often installed in bathrooms and modern kitchens.

3.3. Invest in the right vinyl flooring

Adhesive vinyl is Available in different strengths and with different compositions. Read the product specifications of your desired item carefully in order to best match the covering to the requirements of the room.

Would you like to use vinyl flooring to cover the tiles in the kitchen, bathroom or toilet? Then this should come from the manufacturer approved for wet rooms be.

A notice: For bonding in areas with high levels of stress Thickness of the wear layer a relevant information in the product description.

3.4. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using all materials

Inappropriate glue, too short a drying time for the leveling compound – many errors during installation can be traced back to one incorrect use of materials attributed. In the worst case scenario, this results in a loose or damaged vinyl floor.

Read it Application instructions for the dispersion adhesive, the vinyl panels, the filler and the special primer therefore carefully. This is the only way to achieve satisfactory and high-quality results.

4. Alternative for rental apartments: Lay vinyl flooring on tiles without filling

If you in a rented apartment live and have to hand them over in their original condition when moving out, gluing is out of the question. For a limited budget Adhesive vinyl is also not an option as professional installation incurs additional costs.

Man laying vinyl flooring to click.

With click vinyl flooring you need a suitable underlay.

With floating click vinyl, you don’t have to be satisfied with your tiled floor. With this method Connect the vinyl planks using a click systemso that the covering rests on the subsurface. With a little skill, you can do this yourself.

The click vinyl should be used for laying on tiles Minimum thickness of 4 mm exhibit. Furthermore, it should equipped with a specially hardened support plate made of stone polymer composite (SPC). be. The stable structure of the so-called SPC or rigid vinyl prevents the tile pattern from standing out.

This is also the case with floating installation impact sound insulation is important. Some insulation mats have one balancing effectwhich is advantageous for smaller unevenness between the tiles.

Tip: For a flawless result with click vinyl, the height difference between the tiles should be a maximum of 2 mm and the joint width should be a maximum of 5 mm.

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