We mostly find vinyl panelling to be an interesting alternative to wooden floors or laminates. Contrary to the other two products, vinyls are waterproof and they are much more durable. They are also perfect if we have underfloor heating in our home, especially if we are considering the so-called dryback vinyls. Yet vinyl panels are not only applied on the floors. We can use drybacks to make virtually anything: cover the walls and ceilings or create an unusual pattern. Let us have a look at a few creative ways of how to use glue down vinyl panels.
Glue down vinyl panels are well worth the effort
We can apply two types of glue down vinyl panels: dryback panels and self-adhesive panels. There is no need to address self-adhesive panels here. These products are cheap and you can easily find them in your nearest DIY store. Although they are frequently advertised, they are not so easy to lay.
Let us focus on dryback panels instead. Their thickness is 2-2.5 mm and they are very elastic. To lay them well, you will need a well-prepared surface (a floor, a ceiling or a wall). Having a well-prepared floor is crucial to their success. If we have a high-quality floor, our joy is guaranteed. Laid on a well-prepared gluing surface, this type of panelling will create the quietest floor possible. The highest effectiveness of the underfloor heating will come as a special benefit. Professional glues also create anti-moisture insulation which makes it possible to use the floors anywhere around the house, even under the shower. Dryback panels do not require expansion joints, so we do not need to instal door profiles.
Having the best standards of usefulness, the AROQ line showcases some excellent performance qualities of dryback panels. These panels are made for the most demanding and intensively used rooms in residential or commercial premises. The universal colour range of wood and concrete makes it possible to find a suitable floor for any type of space. It was designed and produced with the utmost care, it is warm and pleasant to the touch. Glue down vinyl flooring: as beautiful as wood and as practical as ceramic tiles A collection of multi-layered elastic LVTs: exceptionally durable and 100% waterproof floors.
Three creative ways to use dryback panels
Original floor pattern
The advantage of vinyl panels over those laid in the floating system is that, during installation, we are not limited by the issue of installation and locks. This is why we can use them to lay any pattern. We will only be limited by our own imagination. Dryback panels will be perfect for laying the recently popular herringbone pattern. In practice, we can apply most of the arrangements that so far have only been possible with wood flooring.
Brick pattern which – depending on regional variations – is also called the English pattern or the regular pattern. The panels are laid parallel and shifted along half the length of each other. For the sake of variety, this pattern can be laid diagonally around the room. The parallel layout will appeal to those who favour order and harmony. Thanks to its neutral character, this pattern will make an ideal background for distinctive furniture and additional decorations.
Parallel arrangement of panels will appeal to the fans of symmetry. This pattern creates an impression of absolute cleanliness. Laid in this fashion, dryback panels will give the place a modern and neutral look. We will also get the impression of order and geometricity.
Herringbone is a pattern which has been in vogue for many years. The panels here are laid out in such a way as to create angles of 90, 60 or 45 degrees and form the letter V, more or less pointed. While the classic herringbone will not call for much effort, the French and Hungarian ones will require us to cut each panel to perfection. A floor made in this classic pattern is ideal for large rooms with no carpets, where it will be able to show off its full potential.
Basket pattern otherwise known as squares. First, the panels are connected into squares and then interwoven horizontally and vertically. We can combine two different colours of the panels. This pattern is very eye catching. It evokes the image of a chessboard, so it is sure to appeal to fans of “The Queen’s Gambit”.
The parallel pattern is the basis for the ladder pattern. It consists in interweaving two different arrangements: a single row of perpendicular panels is laid next to a row of parallel vinyl panels. The ladder pattern makes the rooms look larger. Also here, it is possible to apply two different colours of panelling. The pattern catches the eye but does not overwhelm the interior decorations. The ladder pattern will look best in large and bright rooms.
What should we remember when choosing the specific type of vinyl panel arrangement?
The choice of a floor pattern should fit in with the type of a room and its direction. Also important is the layout of the room, the quantity of the furniture and the style of the house as a whole.
Panelling patterns in narrow rooms
Do you wish your narrow hall looked larger? If you go for the brick, ladder or herringbone pattern laid out perpendicular to the direction of the room, you will achieve a visual effect that will make the room look wider. Long and narrow rooms will thus seem to be shorter.
Panelling patterns in short rooms
You can also make the room visually longer. In order to do so, simply lay dryback panels parallel to the short wall of the room. When you use the herringbone, the pointed joint of the panels should be directed towards the short walls of the room.
Panelling patterns in small rooms
If our room is small, choose a smaller format of vinyl panels. The smaller the panel is, the larger the room will look.
A vinyl ceiling? Yes, it is possible!
It is quite popular to use wood in the arrangement of rooms’ ceilings. A wooden ceiling warms up the interiors and gives them a cosy character. Bright wood on the ceiling visually enlarges the room. A wooden ceiling wonderfully corresponds with brick and the rustic, Provencal style and even with the whiteness of minimalist walls. Today, if we want to have a ceiling that resembles wood, we do not have to look for wood lamellae or other natural structures. Rather, we can use dryback vinyl panels, which will create a beautiful “wooden” ceiling. A feature made in such a way will not require bothersome renovation. It will not become infested with microorganisms and – thanks to their antistatic qualities – vinyls will remain clean and beautiful for many years to come.
An entire vinyl wall or perhaps the bed headboard made of vinyl panels
Dryback vinyl panels can also be put on walls. If we carefully prepare the surface, these panels may be a beautiful, permanent feature of each room in our home. Similar to the floor, the methods of laying them are innumerable. There are practically no limits. We can opt for “gluing” the wall, in whole or in part. In this way, we can create, amongst other things, an attractive headboard of the bed, which is sure to warm up the interior of every bedroom. From amongst the decors available in the AROQ collection, we can choose both wooden and concrete motifs. That is why vinyls are also an excellent idea if we want to create a wall imitating concrete. You do not have to resort to burdensome and soiling decorative plasters if there is a vinyl panel close to hand.
You can let your imagination run free when you have dryback panels at your disposal.
Due to its excellent performance parameters, glue down vinyl flooring can be used in busy and crowded spaces, such as offices, restaurants, educational facilities and other public buildings. We can safely use vinyl panels or tiles to decorate the floor in our living room, hall or bedroom. Glue down vinyl flooring is also increasingly popular in bathrooms on account of its waterproof qualities. Dryback panels will also be perfect if there is underfloor heating. They are very thin, so they will not generate significant amounts of heat loss. However, let us not forget about other, original methods of using glue down panels. A vinyl ceiling or a vinyl wall are sure to strongly accentuate an entire room.
You can use dryback panels to conjure up extraordinary and beautiful interiors.