First of all we try to explain what PVC floors are. What are made of, what are the raw materials that form a PVC floor and what production methods are used. Which PVC floor is better to choose? Let's see together:
WHAT IS PVC FLOOR
The name "PVC FLOORS" is really very generic and brings together a huge variety of floors. They are all called this because the main raw material with which they are manufactured is PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). Within this macro-category there are many subcategories but, to simplify, we can group them all into three large sub-categories. Let's see what pvc floors are and in which categories they are divided.
THREE TYPES OF PVC FLOORS
PVC floors can be in cloth (roll), tile or slat (parquet type) format. Regardless of the type of format, the uses also change because there are PVC floors that are born to be mainly furnished (LVT) with the best , others that have technical characteristics that make them suitable for commercial and industrial use, up to the karst PVC floors, that is, so robust that they can also withstand the passage of forklifts and the weight of machinery for goods handling or production.
IS THE PVC FLOOR WATERPROOF?
PVC floor is basically a vinyl floor, so it does not absorb water easily. If the floor is made of homogeneous PVC, it can rightly be said that it is practically waterproof, if it is a heterogeneous floor, it depends!
The difference between the homogeneous PVC floor and the heterogeneous PVC floor is that the first (homogeneous PVC floor) consists entirely of the same mixture, from its surface to its underlying part. On the other hand, heterogeneous floors consist of several layers, assembled together, resulting in the fact that, in a heterogeneous PVC floor, the surface will be totally waterproof, while the underlying layer could also be waterproof or slightly absorbent. What makes the difference in this case? If one of the layers below has a porous consistency, it will absorb. Water absorbed by a PVC floor usually does not irreversibly damage the floor, but much depends on the amount of water and frequency.
Can the PVC floor also be put in the bathroom? Yes, whether homogeneous or heterogeneous, pvc floors can normally be put where there is water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, changing rooms etc. The heterogeneous floors, however, cannot be put inside the shower or outside.
Can I also put the PVC floor in the bathroom? Yes.
If the PVC floor gets wet it spoils? Normally not.
If I have a bottom with moisture can I put the pvc floor? No, you need to do a steam barrier background first.
Because if a PVC floor resists water I can't put it on a damp subfloor? Because then the water is not above, but comes from below.
THE PVC FLOOR AND THE ASCENT HUMIDITY
So, if the PVC floor is waterproof, can I also put it where there is ascent moisture? You can't put a heterogeneous PVC floor on a damp bottom or where there's ascent moisture, because the underneath the floor would absorb the rising water vapor, ruining the floor. Even gluing the floor would not help, because the pressure of water vapor would push it and over time it would make bubbles and melt.
Ascent humidity is a problem that should always be solved, before laying any type of floor. Where it is not really possible, it is better to adopt the solution of a special sheath, which forms a barrier to moisture. In some cases you can opt for a tile PVC floor with special grooves to make the humidity "run".
ARE PVC FLOORS DANGEROUS?
This is a very sensitive and complex subject. When asked if PVC floors are hazardous to health, we had to answer. "Yes and No!" but then it is necessary to understand why they could be and why in fact in Italy (like many other European countries) they are not.
We cannot address this question superficially, so we refer to the reading of this very thorough article.
SUPER DURABLE PVC FLOOR
The PVC floor can also be made of self-locking tile. If you are looking for information PVC tiles, you need to know that the PVC floor can cover industrial-type surfaces, or pave the interiors of warehouses, sheds, hangars, workshops etc. There are PVC floors, specially designed to withstand very heavy loads and strong wear. These are the industrial PVC floors, with hoo