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Having a better understanding of the definitions and terms associated with
different types of vinyl flooring can help you when it's time for your flooring project. This section provides a handy guide
of important terminology when it comes to vinyl flooring styles,
construction and wear levels.
Sheet vinyl is most commonly available in 6 to 12 ft. rolls and accounts for 85–90% of all vinyl flooring sales.
Great for quickly covering large areas relatively seamlessly, these floors are very moisture–resistant when the seams
are sealed with chemical bonding or heat welding. There are three types of sheet vinyl flooring:
Vinyl tiles come in a multitude of colors and patterns. These tiles are much easier to repair than sheet vinyl as a tile
or two can be popped out and replaced if damage occurs. Vinyl manufactured to look like wood is available in
plank–shaped tiles. There are three types of vinyl tiles:
There are two types of vinyl flooring construction.
Also called rotovinyl, this is when a pattern is printed directly onto the top layer of the vinyl flooring and then
covered with a clear wear layer.
Vinyl chips or particles on a vinyl backing create durable flooring with colors/patterns that won't wear away.
The wear layer is the top layer of both vinyl sheets and vinyl tile. The wear layer gives the vinyl flooring its sheen
as well as protects the flooring from stains, scuffing and moisture. There are three kinds of vinyl wear layers.
Stain resistant and easy to clean, a vinyl no–wax wear layer protects a vinyl floor's color and pattern. And, as
you may have surmised, it never needs waxing.
Urethane is more durable, stain resistant and easier to clean than a no–wax layer. Urethane never needs polishing
and it keeps your vinyl floor looking brand new longer.
The king of wear layers, an enhanced urethane wear layer outperforms both vinyl no–wax and urethane. It takes
vinyl durability, stain and scuff resistance to a whole new level.
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