The advantages and disadvantages of Click PVC and (Dryback) glueable PVC

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What is better? Click PVC or glueable (dryback) PVC?

PVC floors, also called vinyl, are the perfect choice for a maintenance-friendly floor. Unlike laminate and wood, vinyl is 100% water resistant and offers the ideal combination with underfloor heating thanks to its low heat resistance. However, when choosing the right floor, a number of questions arise, such as: click PVC or glueable PVC? But don't worry, because we are happy to give you tips about which properties you should take into account when purchasing a PVC floor.

What is the difference between click and dryback PVC?

There are two important differences between a click PVC floor and a dryback PVC floor. A click floor is assembled with a click connection (uniclic or drop lock) and floats above the construction floor. A dryback floor, on the other hand, is glued to the substrate by a professional parquet fitter. Both floor types have their pros and cons, so it's important to consider these carefully before making a choice.

When do I choose a Click SPC-PVC floor?

SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite, which means that an SPC click PVC floor is a floor made of stone dust and PVC. Thanks to the click connection, you can easily install the floor yourself and it is suitable for almost any surface, such as tile floors, wooden floors and more. If you choose a slab PVC floor, the surface must be completely flat, which entails extra work and costs.

A click PVC floor offers a number of key advantages:

  • Firstly, the floor can be laid floating, which means that it is easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • The floor can be laid on construction floors with a slight deviation from the substrate. This allows you to save costs because there is no need for leveling.

The disadvantages of a click floor are:

  • A PVC click floor can be damaged if the construction floor springs too much.

To determine whether your construction floor is suitable for click PVC, you can do the following. Take a long, straight slat (for example a kitchen skirting board) and place it in various places on the construction floor. Measure the space between the slat and the construction floor to determine the height difference. The maximum height difference may be a maximum of 4mm over 2 meters, so pay attention to this.

With larger height differences you run the risk of the click connections breaking. If the height differences fall within the specified margin and the construction floor is sufficiently flat, it is safe to choose the click variant.

When do I choose a Dryback PVC floor?

The floorboards of a dryback PVC floor are thinner, which ensures more efficient heat conduction. In addition, there is no contact noise compared to click PVC. Quality-wise, there is no difference between the two options, even though the dryback is thinner.

A dryback PVC floor can only be installed on a floor that has been completely leveled. This is to ensure that the floor lasts for a longer period of time and to prevent problems. Leveling the floor requires professional knowledge and skills, so it is recommended to have it done by a specialist. Make sure that the house is empty and that the leveling compound can dry for at least 24 hours before you enter the house again. This requires some preparation and can have an impact on your move.

A dryback PVC floor offers a number of key advantages:

  • Firstly, the heat resistance is the lowest, which is nice in these times.
  • There is no contact noise with the construction floor since it is glued.

The disadvantages of a dryback floor are:

  • It is a permanent floor. Removing the floor at a later time becomes difficult and requires extra rigorous work.


If you are looking for a floor that is easy to install and suitable for construction floors with small height deviations, a click PVC floor is the ideal choice. Thanks to the click connection, you can lay the floor yourself and if you move, you can easily take it with you. However, if you are looking for a permanent floor with the lowest thermal resistance for underfloor heating and no contact noise, a dryback PVC floor is the right choice for you. Please note, this floor must be installed by a professional. Regardless of which option you choose, make sure you carefully consider which flooring best suits your specific needs and circumstances.

At Matteo Studio we believe that the choice of the ideal floor should not be based on a financial issue. That is why we keep the prices for all floor types, including installation, the same as much as possible.

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