Vinyl floors of all types have many advantages over other types of flooring for specific applications. It is generally much cheaper than hardwood and works much better in situations with moisture issues (bathrooms, kitchens, entryways, basements) and is considered pet friendly. And while vinyl was once considered flimsy, that is no longer the case with the advent of luxury vinyl floors, which are often almost indistinguishable from hardwood or hardwood floors.
Each type of vinyl floor comes in a variety of styles and quality categories, not to mention different installation requirements. Some features to be aware of:
: Regardless of the type of vinyl flooring you are considering, compare the overall thickness of each product. Thicker vinyl, tile, or plank are generally best for walking comfort and are likely to last longer.
: Most vinyl floors are constructed in layers for strength, and the top wear layer should always be the thickest. Look for a wear layer that is at least 5mm thick.
Die Cut or Inlaid Pattern
: The surface pattern of a vinyl floor can be created in a number of ways. The cheapest is a single layer printed design, while the more expensive and durable products have an inlaid pattern covering the full thickness of the vinyl. This makes the floor more resilient.
: If you're concerned about slip resistance, look for a flooring product with a texture that provides a firm grip underfoot. Luxury vinyl or vinyl composite tiles are usually better in this regard; Vinyl wrap is more slippery when wet.
: Different types of vinyl floors may have different underlays that may require different installation methods. Some mounts are self-adhesive and others are not. Straps are padded or rigid, and the type and quality of the strap affects the performance and price of the product. Lined base layers (plastic or cork) are quieter, warmer on the feet and insulate better.
Things to consider when planning on installing vinyl flooring
1. Room type
To understand if a particular floor type is right for your home, ask yourself what room it's installed in. Is it prone to moisture and humidity like a bathroom or kitchen? For your basement: Vinyl floors are suitable for rooms that are regularly exposed to moisture. That means you don't have to worry about spills, water or moisture, making it the perfect solution for virtually any space.
Consider footfall when using a space. If you are looking for a floor covering for high-traffic environments, it is best to choose a vinyl with high abrasion resistance. When you need a vinyl floor for a low-traffic space, the thickness and top layer don't really matter.
2. Hybrid, luxurious or traditional
There are three basic types of vinyl floors: hybrid, luxury and traditional. Their properties, such as water resistance, ease of cleaning and durability, vary as they each have different structures, construction and manufacturing processes.
3. Style and design goals
- Hybrid Vinyl: This tough, hard-wearing grade has the look of luxury floorboards. It stands out from the rest because it is made with a rigid limestone core for durability and impact resistance.
- Luxury Vinyl: This type offers a more realistic look by mimicking the look of wood or natural stone. It comes in the form of boards of different thicknesses.
- Traditional Vinyl: Cushioning underfoot provides a much softer underfoot feel. Fortunately, this does not affect the lifespan. It usually comes in sheets, making it easy to install in most rooms, and it's also the cheapest option.
The versatility of vinyl flooring means it can be installed in rooms with a variety of decor styles. Advances in technology have allowed manufacturers to create beautiful textures and mimic other materials like hardwood, tile, and concrete.
If you prefer vinyl tiles, you can choose between standard slat widths or order custom slats. Square and beveled edges are available.
Whatever your style, you'll be amazed at how vinyl floors can completely transform any room.
4. Sheet or tiles
Vinyl floors come in two forms: tile and slab. Available in 9 or 12 inch square sizes, the tiles can mimic the look of ceramic tile and cost a fraction of the price of slabs. Alternatively, luxury vinyl tiles simulate the look of real wood or stone and are available in planks 7" wide and 48" long. Vinyl records, on the other hand, are 6 to 12 feet wide and should lie flat on the floor. They are extremely easy to install and waterproof.
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