vinyl flooring exampleThere are various kinds of flooring options available in the market today and one of the most viable and cost effective among them is vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is a variant of linoleum and it is stain and water resistant, making it an ideal choice for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, entryways and more.

Types of Vinyl Flooring

As an overview there are four kinds of vinyl flooring – sheet flooring, tile flooring, plank vinyl flooring, and luxury vinyl tile. Sheet vinyl flooring is laid in sheets in 6 or 12 feet wide; the seams are sealed and makes a continuous floor. Tile vinyl uses square tiles in sizes 9″, 12″ and 16″. Some of the luxury vinyl tiles come with decorative strips that are laid between the tiles providing a “grout” appearance. The third type of vinyl is plank vinyl that comes in widths of 2 1/4 up to 6 inches and 36 inches in length. The planks provide wood appearance for applications where moisture or use prevents wood or laminate products.

Luxury vinyl tile is a newer type of vinyl flooring that simulates many types of flooring, including hardwood, ceramic tile, marble, stone, and more. Luxury vinyl is available with many options including floating floor installation.

A continuous sheet vinyl floor can have an edge on water resistance over tile or plank flooring.  However it is the tile or plank that gives the floor unique character. There are so many improvements in styling and design in vinyl products.  If you have questions about the newest designs or are considering this for your home, be sure to contact us at 630-653-6100.

What are the key things to know about vinyl?

Vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring options available today. It can tolerate heavy traffic, making it an ideal surface for places with children or pets. There are a broad range of colors and patterns which make it easy to find the right look to match your room decor.

However, vinyl flooring is rather soft and can dent and scratch with relative ease so be sure to take this into account for your home. Additionally, vinyl flooring has a tendency to fade if exposed to sunlight for extended periods.

Quality of Vinyl Flooring

While buying vinyl flooring or any kind of flooring, quality is the most important factor. So how does one judge the quality of a vinyl? To decipher this, let us first understand the construction of a vinyl. Vinyl has seven layers which consist of the wear layer, the printed layer, an inner core consisting of the foam, vinyl layer and a backing. The inner core protects vinyl flooring from rips and bends while the wear layer is the contact layer which is prone to dents and scratches. So, ideally, higher the density of inner core, the better the vinyl flooring.

The design professionals at Floor Coverings International of Wheaton & Naperville can help you make the ideal choice in vinyl flooring. Give us a call at 630-653-6100 to schedule your free consultation today.

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