FAQS

Why Vinyl?

Q: Vinyl – isn’t that the ugly stuff my gran had in her kitchen?
A: Vinyl has come a long way since your Gran’s kitchen, with great strides being made in the design and manufacturing processes. These strides mean that you have a product which looks more real and is a better choice for the quality of your indoor environment than ever before.
Q: There are so many flooring choices out there – why should I choose vinyl?
A: Vinyl has a number of benefits against other flooring types; these include:

  1. Durability – vinyl is used by some of SA’s biggest retail brands where foot traffic puts a serious strain on the floor.
  2. Warmth – vinyl is a natural insulator, so it helps keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, making those hefty Eskom increases a bit more palatable!
  3. Vinyl is a softer material underfoot than ceramics or porcelain tiles, which means that it is less likely to crack/chip, it is less noisy underfoot and is more forgiving when your little one takes a spill.
  4. Maintenance – vinyl is one of the easiest and most cost-effective flooring types to maintain. This does not mean it is maintenance free, but rather that it takes less water and chemicals to clean.
  5. Water resistance – vinyl is unaffected by water. In areas where you may experience excessive and regular flooding, it may be an idea to chat to your contractor about specialised water resistant adhesives, but for the most part everyday spills and cleaning are easily handled.
Q: There are so many flooring choices out there – why should I choose vinyl?
A: Vinyl has a number of benefits against other flooring types; these include:

  1. Durability – vinyl is used by some of SA’s biggest retail brands where foot traffic puts a serious strain on the floor.
  2. Warmth – vinyl is a natural insulator, so it helps keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, making those hefty Eskom increases a bit more palatable!
  3. Vinyl is a softer material underfoot than ceramics or porcelain tiles, which means that it is less likely to crack/chip, it is less noisy underfoot and is more forgiving when your little one takes a spill.
  4. Maintenance – vinyl is one of the easiest and most cost-effective flooring types to maintain. This does not mean it is maintenance free, but rather that it takes less water and chemicals to clean.
  5. Water resistance – vinyl is unaffected by water. In areas where you may experience excessive and regular flooding, it may be an idea to chat to your contractor about specialised water resistant adhesives, but for the most part everyday spills and cleaning are easily handled.

Different types of Vinyl

Q: Are all types of vinyl the same?
A: No – vinyl comes in two basic formats – homogenous vinyl (generally the type used in hospitals and classrooms) and heterogeneous vinyl. At Grounded, we specialise in heterogeneous vinyl, with its unique designs which you cannot find in homogenous products.
Q: Why are some products in a roll and others in a tile/plank format
A: These are different types of products. For residential use, sheet vinyl is generally softer underfoot and more cost effective. Vinyl in tile/plank (luxury vinyl tiles – LVT) form is generally more durable and authentic looking. Installation of both products is relatively technical and requires a specialist.
Q: Why are some products in a roll and others in a tile/plank format
A: These are different types of products. For residential use, sheet vinyl is generally softer underfoot and more cost effective. Vinyl in tile/plank (luxury vinyl tiles – LVT) form is generally more durable and authentic looking. Installation of both products is relatively technical and requires a specialist.

Why Choose Airloom

Q: Why choose Airloom?
A: With a combined experience of decades in the industry, Airloomis well placed to give you the best technical advice for your flooring. In conjunction, we are proud to say that Airloom offers the widest selection of finishes available in the SA market. We choose products that are class-leading both in design and performance. We take pride in products that are safe for you and your family.Finally, Airloom offers you direct access to some of the world’s leading manufacturers of vinyl products, which enables us to fix problems quicker.

Are all vinyls the same quality?

Q: The products look the same – are they the same quality?
A: The manufacturing process required for vinyl is a complex, technical process. Airloom sources exclusively from manufacturers with a wealth of experience in this technical field. We are therefore confident in bringing you the highest quality product from the world’s best manufacturers. To help you make the best call when deciding on your range of flooring, here are some helpful hints:

  1. Is the vinyl made from only the highest grade PVC – in most cases, this should be marked as Phthalate-free, and should not be made from post-manufactured recycled PVC, as the quality and reliability of these sources is not always guaranteed.
  2. Is the vinyl sold internationally? SA can be a dumping ground for low quality manufactured goods as our regulatory environment isn’t as effective as, for example, Europe. It is therefore important to check whether your choice is sold globally, as this will indicate a level of quality.
  3. Is your vinyl tested by recognised European testing agencies? This is particularly relevant when it comes to the emissions generated by the product. Look for a FloorScore or Eurofins stamp of approval.
Q: What is the difference between a stick-down vinyl and a loose-lay system?
A: LVT comes in a few different formats – stick down, loose lay and click. At Airloom, we advocate a stick down system, as this is the most permanent, long-lasting methodology. LVT does have the propensity to contract and expand, especially under fluctuations in terms of temperature. The best way to mitigate against this is to stick the product down with the right adhesive. We believe that loose lay and click products should only be used when circumstances require it, and only after a thorough site inspection.
Q: What adhesive should be used?
A: Using the right adhesive the right way is very important for the overall performance of the product. A wet-set adhesive such as QAR179A and TEC 7070 are suitable for general use. Some contractors prefer a good quality contact adhesive.

Installation

Q: What is the process an installer follows?
A: For best results, the vinyl should be allowed to acclimatise in the room/area it is to be fitted in for at least 24hrs prior to installation. The installer needs to apply product to a level surface free from excessive dust and other imperfections. The adhesive should be applied with the correct trowels. All of these instructions/guidelines are available upon request.
Q: Why is preparation so important?
A: Vinyl takes on the contours of the subfloor; any inconsistencies may become apparent after the floor is laid.
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