A rich source of design is offered using vinyl flooring at home. Wonderfully used in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries, today vinyl flooring has also entered the living room and bedroom of modern homes as they are available in an array of styles, colors, textures and patterns. The best part of vinyl flooring is that it can mimic other types of floor like ceramic, wooden, tile and even marble. Vinyl flooring is also called as resilient flooring. Delivering excellent comfort and durability, vinyl floors are just perfect for almost any room.
Advantages of Vinyl Flooring
- A wide range of colors, styles and patterns that you can find one that suits your decor and budget.
- Easy to install
- Extremely comfortable
- Stain free
- Low maintenance
- Easy to clean
- Good for any room. The best choice for high-traffic, multiple-use areas.
- Vinyl is a great imposter. It can look like wood, tile, even marble.
Formats of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is available in two formats: Vinyl sheet and Vinyl tile. Both are of the same material but they differ in size, in packaging and installation. Vinyl tile is easier to install and repair than vinyl sheet. Vinyl sheet comes in rolls either six feet or 12 feet wide, with each roll containing a single sheet of vinyl. The sheet is rolled flat and cut to match the shape of the floor it will cover.
Patterns of Vinyl Floor
- Printed vinyl: It is printed pattern of colored inks directly onto the surface of the vinyl, which is then covered with a protective wear layer. Available in a wide array of patterns and colors, and it resists wear. It is less durable and less expensive than inlaid vinyl.
- Inlaid vinyl: Inlaid vinyl is made by injecting hundreds of colored granules in a precise pattern directly into a vinyl sheet. The vinyl sheet and color granules are then fused together so that the colors and pattern are an integral part of the material. Inlaid vinyl flooring offers richer, more vibrant and durable colors than printed vinyl.
Vinyl Wear Finishes or Layers
The wear layer, or finish, is the top layer of the vinyl floor, whether the sheet or the tile. The wear layer is an applied coating that protects the surface and gives it a shine. Three kinds of wear layers are available:
- Vinyl no-wax: A vinyl no-wax coating is stain-resistant. It stays shiny so you won’t need to polish or buff but it is less resistant to scuffs, stains and soil.
- Urethane: A urethane wear layer stays shiny without polishing or buffing. It’s easier to clean, more resistant to scuffs and stains.
- Enhanced urethane: It outperforms both vinyl no-wax and ordinary urethane. It resists scuffs, scratches and household stains better, is easier to clean and provides a longer-lasting shine with no polishing or buffing.
Selecting a Vinyl Floor
Now that you have made up your mind to go for vinyl flooring in your home, it is necessary to take into consideration certain factors to make your purchase more effective:
- Room Size: Keep in mind that rooms look smaller if the flooring is dark and larger if you choose a light color.
- Floor pattern: A smaller pattern works best in small rooms. On the other hand, to make the room feel more spacious, you might use a larger pattern.
- Floor format: When choosing between sheet or tile formats, the most important factor is the look of the floor. If you prefer a highly patterned design, vinyl sheet may be a better choice. For a checkerboard pattern, vinyl tile may be perfect.
- Look of the floor with your wallpaper or fabrics: Think about the wall paper, and furnishings in the room. Give a contrast look. That is, if the wallpaper has a large pattern, you should probably choose a small floor pattern for the floor. Fabric or wallpaper with a small pattern can look beautiful when paired with large patterned flooring.
- Floor finishes: Vinyl flooring comes in a range of finishes and gloss levels. The lower the gloss level, the more resistant your floor is.
- Vinyl floor thickness: You should go for a thick wear layer and not thick flooring. That’s the top layer determines how well your flooring will stand up to traffic, as well as rips, tears and gouges.
- Quality: You should buy vinyl flooring where the retailer gives you warranty.
- Cost: “Cost per square foot” is just one component of the overall price tag for new vinyl flooring. Ask your retailer to calculate the total cost of your floor-covering project.
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