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Vinyl Flooring

Transforming your home, office, or any commercial space with the help of vinyl flooring is easy and a cost-effective option. The main reason for the popularity of vinyl flooring among homeowners and interior designers, in general, is the beautiful appearance of the manmade vinyl flooring that mimics natural materials like stone, wood, and ceramic, but also its functionality, the lower price compared to many other options on the market, the durability and hard-wearing power of vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is a particularly common choice for kitchens and bathrooms, where someone would enjoy the beautiful appearance of wood, however, wood can be easily affected by humidity, moisture, temperature fluctuations, high traffic. Such conditions and environment are not that harsh to vinyl flooring, which is a manmade, synthetic material like its cousin linoleum, designed to provide high resistance to moisture, water, other liquids, stains. Besides its hard-wearing nature, vinyl flooring provides very good durability and stamina for its cost. Thanks to the fast development of the vinyl flooring manufacturing industry, nowadays this is a modern, attractive, economical, a high-quality option that ensures versatility and comfort for every space of the house or commercial premises.

Types of Vinyl Flooring

Types of vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring - explore the variety

In general, whenever you are shopping for vinyl flooring, you will find that there are two main types of vinyl flooring. The first of them is sheet vinyl flooring that comes in sheets with different width. The other type of vinyl flooring comes in tiles and tiles can also be different in size. If you are wondering what are the main differences between these two types of vinyl flooring, here are some main things that differ and you want to keep into account when you are making your choice. First of all, the type of vinyl flooring that comes in sheets is more water- and stain-resistant. In addition, this type of vinyl flooring is also way easier to install and you can even attempt fitting it as a DIY project as it does not require any specific knowledge and experience. However, vinyl flooring tiles tend to be the more popular choice among homeowners nowadays, because they mimic the unique look of ceramic tiles better and also comes with a lower price compared to ceramic tiles.

Vinyl Flooring Tiles

Vinyl flooring tiles
Vinyl flooring tiles - attractive beauty and functionality

As we have already said, vinyl flooring tiles are a popular and common choice among homeowners, but also often selected for commercial spaces too. It is because this type of vinyl flooring is very durable and does not struggle with high traffic and everyday use as much as other types of flooring. In addition, vinyl flooring tiles are a great choice for commercial spaces that are usually designed to be very clean and static-free, also easy to maintain and keep spotless. However, vinyl flooring tiles are a good fit for a homey and cosy setting too. Tiles of vinyl flooring are beautiful in appearance and can look as good and stylish as a floor made out of natural materials such as ceramic tiles, stone, wood. A cost-effective option, you can choose this type of vinyl flooring if you are on a budget. Because of its easy-to-maintain nature, vinyl flooring tiles are often installed in commonly used areas of the home with high traffic. A simple and effortless cleaning routine is everything you need to keep your vinyl flooring in perfect condition and appearance.

Vinyl flooring tiles come in two different makeup designs. The first one consists of layers of the same coloured vinyl that are fused together to build up the so-called inlay tile. This type of design has its advantage of looking great for a long time. Since the colour or the pattern go as far as right to the back of the tile, you will still be able to enjoy the look of the floor you have chosen even if a couple of the top layers get worn away with time.

The second vinyl flooring tile design, rotogravure tiles, come on a significantly lower price compared to inlay tiles. It is because the layer of vinyl that is coloured or designed with a pattern is thinner and only on the top of the tile. This pretty much means that rotogravure tiles wear off faster and after time you have to either compromise with the intensity of the colour or completely change the whole floor is you want the fresh, new look.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

Advantages and disadvantages of vinyl flooring
Benefits of vinyl flooring and why to choose it

One of the main advantages of vinyl flooring is its durability and the comfort it ensures whenever it is installed. This type of flooring stands up to high traffic and heavy footfall very well and unlike other options on the market, vinyl flooring will not start experiencing wear and tear quickly. Vinyl flooring is also very comfortable and functional, therefore it is a common choice for commercial premises and also these areas of the house that are used the most, such as the kitchen, hallway, living room, etc. Since vinyl flooring is not prone to water and moisture damages, it is also commonly installed in basements, kitchens, bathrooms. Vinyl flooring is also popular in households with young kids and pets where, for example, wood flooring will get easily scratched and stained. It has sound-reducing properties and is a good option for loft conversion projects and for flats. In case you are shopping for a new floor on a budget, you are most probably going to enjoy the affordable price of vinyl flooring. One more advantage is the fact vinyl flooring is so easy to keep clean and maintain in good condition, no complex and time-consuming routines are needed. Vinyl flooring is versatile and comes in a wide range of designs and colours you can easily match any interior design and add a lot of elegance, style, and beauty to any room.

However, there are some disadvantages of vinyl flooring you should consider. One of them is the fact that vinyl flooring is easily scratched by sharp objects, but then again, sharp objects can easily ruin many other types of flooring too. In addition, depending on the type of vinyl flooring you choose, the intensity of its colour can fade away a bit with time and especially due to sunlight exposure. Therefore, we don’t recommend considering vinyl flooring for outdoor spaces and probably not conservatories too.

Installation of Vinyl Flooring

Installation of vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring fitting explained

Vinyl flooring tiles require a super smooth subfloor surface in order to make sure their installation is successful. Any imperfections of the subfloor will noticeably show up as bumps once the vinyl flooring tiles are installed. This is why, when you choose vinyl flooring tiles, we highly recommend you consider a plywood subfloor that is sanded to perfection. You can also opt for laying vinyl flooring over an old layer of vinyl flooring, but make sure it is one layer only, otherwise, you are not recommended to install layer over a layer. In case you want to layer vinyl flooring over concrete, you should either make sure the subfloor is completely smooth and even, or you can consider laying the vinyl flooring sheets or tiles over a plywood underlay layer that will ensure additional comfort when walking over.

Types of vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring tiles
Advantages and disadvantages of vinyl flooring
Installation of vinyl flooring