Thinking about vinyl flooring for your home or business? Here's everything you need to know to find the best product for your use.
Vinyl flooring is long-lasting and a great way to create a wood-look or stone-look flooring in your home. Forget staining, waxing, and polishing, most vinyl is easy to maintain and clean without all the extra work. All you need is a damp mop and an occasional vacuum to keep vinyl floors looking fabulous. Let’s take a look at all the types of vinyl flooring.
Vinyl planks are our most popular type of vinyl. That’s because they’re low cost but also super durable. You can install vinyl planks three easy ways: glue, interlocking or floating, and loose lay. If you’re looking for a floor that’s super permanent, a glue-down plank is the way to go. It’s super great for high-traffic areas and won’t ever budge.
One of the most common ways to install vinyl flooring is an interlocking, or floating, installation. These planks are made with an interlocking mechanism that snaps together easily. Just simply lock your floor together plank by plank.
If you’re ever worried about replacing a plank, a loose lay installation does not require glue, staples, or any locking system to install. Instead, each plank has a backing that grips the floor. You’ll only have to use tape around the edges of your floor, or glue if it’s high traffic. This makes replacing a plank a breeze.
You probably have an exact image of how you want your floor to look. Lucky for you, there are several different patterns and styles to choose from. For example, a wood look vinyl is very popular and comes in both smooth and distressed finishes. There are also many color variations to match any interior style.
When it comes to plank size, you’ve got choices. Maybe you’ve seen those trendy wide planks that have hit the market. If you love the look, we have it for you!.
Our vinyl tile flooring is versatile, durable and perfect for any room.
Some vinyl tiles are even groutable, for a more finished stone look.
A stone look tile mimics all your favorite natural stone without the heavy price tag and labor intensive maintenance of a natural stone floor.
A wood look vinyl is also very popular and can be bought smooth, distressed, and with color variations. Unlike hardwood, vinyl tiles never need to be refinished or stained, so you can enjoy your floors longer. They can also be found in fun, more colorful patterns for a unique look.
Vinyl sheet flooring is the original vinyl flooring option. It’s what people usually remember when they think about vinyl flooring.
Vinyl sheet flooring usually requires a professional to install. That’s because vinyl sheet flooring requires a specific technique.
Because of this, it can be pretty tricky to install yourself.
Most people use vinyl sheet flooring when covering a larger area since it is less inexpensive than other types of flooring.
WPC Vinyl is one of the newest developments in luxury vinyl flooring. It’s 100% waterproof and can stand up to big messes. WPC vinyl has some great features that make it perfect for a busy household. Let’s take a look.
WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite. This composite core makes the vinyl 100% waterproof.
Because it’s totally waterproof, this luxury vinyl flooring can be installed virtually anywhere. Bath-time splashes and spilled drinks are not a problem for WPC vinyl. The waterproof vinyl will never buckle or swell under liquid spills.
WPC vinyl flooring is typically comprised of four layers to create a durable product.
First, there is the backing layer, the backbone of the plank.
Second, the core. This part is wood plastic composite and 100% waterproof.
Third, the printed vinyl layer. This is where your style and design comes from. It can mimic wood, stone and other natural materials.
And finally, the wear layer, this protects your floors from surface scratches. The thicker the wear layer, the better protection against scratches.
Rigid core vinyl is also known as SPC vinyl flooring. This refers to the stone-plastic composite core in this ultra-dense flooring. SPC is essentially the next step up from WPC.
Like WPC vinyl, rigid core is also 100% waterproof. It’s perfect for messy pets and messy people alike!
Vinyl flooring is a great choice for a modern, durable home flooring.
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What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is a man-made alternative to hardwood floors, offering more
customization, DIY friendliness and durability with less upkeep. With several color and pattern options
that mimic a natural wood or stone look, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are a low-cost flooring solution
with a high return of satisfaction.
Forget about the dated prints and cheap-looking floors you remember
seeing in the 70s. Vinyl has transformed, and it’s better than ever. Now it’s common to mistake vinyl for a
real hardwood floor.
As technology advances, the aesthetic gets closer and closer to natural wood and stone looks. Even better,
all this beauty comes with no extra work. In fact, vinyl floors involve less upkeep and maintenance and
they’re easy to clean.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Pros and Cons
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
Gorgeous wood and stone looks: Luxury vinyl flooring mimics all the most popular colors
textures of solid hardwood and natural stone.
Easy, DIY installation: Save costs and frustration on hiring it out. When installing
vinyl, you are the professional!
Low maintenance: Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and doesn’t require much upkeep like
natural hardwood floors. The thicker wear layer you choose, the more scratch and stain resistant
Waterproof options: You can’t get 100% waterproof with real hardwood. Waterproof vinyl
handles the cleanup for you.
What are the disadvantages of vinyl flooring?
It’s not technically hardwood: This is more of a pride point, how important is having a
real wood floor to you? To the touch, vinyl feels pretty different from the real deal. But vinyl
is comfortable underfoot.
Pricier than other wood-look floors: As you move into waterproof options, vinyl flooring
can run you more than other wood-look options like laminate. But you get what you pay for -
waterproof vinyl is 100% waterproof!
Low-quality products may scratch easily: Vinyl flooring is known for being extremely
durable, but the lower the wear layer, the more susceptible your floor is to scratches or dents.
3 Types of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is available in durable waterproof planks, luxury tiles or large sheet rolls.
Discover the best option for your use and style.
With planks, tiles, sheets and more, vinyl flooring is one of the biggest
categories on the flooring market. But let’s get one thing straight: Vinyl flooring today is not
the vinyl flooring of the 1970s with dated prints and cheap materials. Vinyl flooring today is
full of possibilities, style and class.
In this vinyl flooring buying guide, we’ll discuss the types of vinyl flooring, its uses,
construction, looks, installation and your most frequently asked questions, quickly equipping
you with everything you need to know before purchasing.
Wait, linoleum and vinyl aren’t the same thing? While the styles of
the old days may have looked similar, today’s vinyl floors look far different from
the old-school linoleum. But looks aren’t everything - these two floors are
constructed differently and, therefore, will perform differently.
Appearance: Vinyl comes with more style and color options and will
not fade over time, unlike linoleum.
Use: Linoleum is not recommended for moisture-prone areas, whereas
many options in vinyl flooring are 100% waterproof, making it a great floor
for any room of the house.
Maintenance: Vinyl flooring is low maintenance, requiring no more
than a basic cleaning.
Learn the difference between linoleum vs vinyl flooring in this in-depth guide.