Advantages of Vinyl Flooring
Tuesday September 16, 2008
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Do thoughts of high prices and high maintenance have you hesitant about upgrading your floors? Well, you might want to consider vinyl flooring as an option. Vinyl flooring is economical and relatively easy to install and maintain. In addition, it is extremely durable and more affordable than most flooring options.
When choosing your new floors, color obviously plays a role in your decision. Vinyl flooring comes in an assortment of colors and patterns. In addition, it is often made to look like other types of flooring. Talk about opening up your decorating possibilities!
Vinyl can be installed over ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood, or even non-cushioned vinyl flooring. Furthermore, it is noted for its stability and water resistance, which makes it a great choice for practically any room in a home.
Currently, there are two types of vinyl flooring, printed and inlaid. Printed vinyl flooring uses colored inks that are printed onto the flooring sheets. Inlaid vinyl flooring, on the other hand, actually has color particles pressed into the vinyl sheet.
The following are the advantages of vinyl flooring:
Vinyl is a member of the "resilient floors" family, along with cork and linoleum. Resilient floors are known for their ability to "give" or "bounce back" upon impact. This makes them more comfortable underfoot for longer periods of time than several other types of floors.
Very Low Maintenance
With vinyl flooring, there is no need to purchase expensive products and equipment to clean your floors. For clean up, all you have to do is sweep regularly and use a damp mop to keep your floors sparkling. Spills can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth.
Quick and Easy Installation
Installing vinyl flooring yourself is very doable and, obviously, can save you money. Vinyl flooring comes in sheets, tiles and planks - tiles come in 12" squares, while planks measure 3" x 36". Vinyl tiles and planks (especially the self-adhering kind) are a favorite of the do-it-yourself (DIY) set, and can be mixed and matched to create different designs and patterns. The other option is sheet vinyl, which normally comes in 6' to 12' rolls and, in most cases, is best installed by professionals.
Vinyl floors are generally covered with one of three wear layers (surfaces) to help them withstand scuff marks, stains, dirt and grime.
1. Vinyl no-wax is recommended for areas with very light traffic and very little exposure to dirt.
2. Urethane finishes are normally used for areas with medium to heavy traffic. They are more resistant to stains, scratches and scuffs than vinyl no-wax floors.
3. Enhanced Urethane is the most durable wear layer. Vinyl floors that have an enhanced urethane wear layer withstand heavier traffic, and wear and tear. In addition, enhanced urethane keeps its original luster longer than the other types of coating.
When you take into account all that vinyl flooring has to offer, it's well worth considering as an option for your next new floor.
Talkback – Leave a commentThere are 4 comments
This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that vinyl flooring is more comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. I'm replacing the flooring of my kitchen, and I'm still trying to decide what material would be the best. I spend a lot of time working in the kitchen, so I'll definitely look into installing vinyl for the sake of comfort. Thanks for the great post!
Thanks for sharing all these details about Vinyl flooring. I would like to know more about the topic. I hope your site have a lot to offer me.
I love vinyl. It is easy to take care of and when it gets dirty from the shoes that my kids drag around (they need to pick up their feet) I can just wipe away the dirt and grime. Its a great floor for my kitchen because I can see everything that is on it. It doesn't mask a mess very easily, like crumbs or food particles from cooking. I just take a rag and wipe it up if I drop something on my light colored vinyl-probably why you can maybe see everything?. If you're looking for a floor that masks dust or mess like crumbs stick with a carpet. don't go vinyl.
Very interesting read. I'm curious how the "enchanced urethane" is enhanced. Can anyone shed some light on this?