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Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide

Vinyl flooring comes in a legion of colors, patterns and design options. It is affordable and easy to clean, making it a fantastic choice for your flooring project. At, we've developed flooring buying guides to assist you when choosing vinyl. Our flooring professionals, who include certified installers and retail flooring sales managers from across the globe, have contributed to these guides to help ensure that your flooring experience is smooth sailing from beginning to end.

NOTE: Using This Buying Guide
To navigate through the Buying Guide, click "next" at the bottom of each page or use the tabs at the top of the section. For your convenience, you also have the option to print the complete Vinyl Buying Guide as well as our helpful checklists and worksheets.

This guide contains all the information you need to know to decide if vinyl flooring is right for your home. Convenient checklists and worksheets are also provided as guidance while you read through our Vinyl Buying Guide and gather information specific to your flooring project.

Topics in this Guide

Vinyl Flooring Basics

We'll start with the basics of vinyl flooring and take a look at things to consider when planning installation like vinyl floor care, maintenance and durability. We'll help you decide if vinyl flooring is right for your home and your lifestyle.

About Vinyl

  • Your Environment
  • Room–by–Room Practicality
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Basic Care

Questions to Ask

What do you need to know when considering vinyl? In this section you'll find a helpful list of questions to ask yourself and a flooring sales or installation professional before purchasing and installing vinyl flooring.

Types of Vinyl

From twelve foot wide sheet vinyl to vinyl tiles, from rotogravure to inlaid patterns; this section covers everything you'll need to know to choose a vinyl floor you'll love for years to come.


Learn what accessories help vinyl maintain its stability.

  • Underlayment: The right underlayment will stabilize and protect your vinyl floor.
  • Adhesive/Glue: In most cases, adhesive will be used in vinyl installation.

Installation Questions

Whether you're planning to hire a professional experienced in vinyl flooring installation or go the "do it yourself" (DIY) route; this section will help you avoid common mishaps in the installation process.

  • Professional Installer vs. "Do–It–Yourself"
  • Helpful Tips
  • Installation Questions

Where to Buy

Is it best to purchase your vinyl from a local retailer or an online retailer? In this section we've broken down some of the advantages and disadvantages of both options.


Everything from the type of vinyl flooring to its construction and wear layer affects the price of your flooring project.

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