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Vinyl Flooring Guide

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Types Of Vinyl Flooring

 

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Vinyl Flooring: What is it?

 

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for any homeowner looking to update their flooring without breaking the bank. It's durable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles and colors.

 

Although vinyl has been around for generations, today’s technology has created luxury vinyl tile with modern, trendy options that mirror natural stone and hardwood flooring with realistic-looking textures and great visual depth. And since vinyl flooring is well equipped for high moisture areas and high traffic areas, you really can have these attractive looks throughout your home, But with so many different types of vinyl flooring on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your home. Let's explore the different types of vinyl flooring available and their unique characteristics to help you make an informed decision.

 

Types of Vinyl Flooring to Consider

 

Once you’ve decided that vinyl is right for your home, it’s time to explore the different types of vinyl to see which is the best fit. Think about whether you want your vinyl flooring to resemble hardwood, stone, or tile. Since all vinyl floor types are relatively easy to install and suitable for a variety of conditions, let your design creativity run free.

 

Think vinyl flooring is right for your home? Let's explore the different types of vinyl flooring available:

 

  1. Vinyl Plank
  2. Vinyl Tile
  3. Vinyl Sheet
  4. Luxury Vinyl Tile

Let's take a deeper look at the different types of vinyl flooring available:

 

1. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring: The Look of Hardwood with the Benefits of Vinyl

 

Vinyl Plank is designed to give your floors the appearance of hardwood floors without the cost. Vinyl planks offer much greater stain resistance and are much easier to maintain than traditional hardwood planks. They can authentically mimic different wood species, colors, and textures. Unlike natural wood, vinyl planks are waterproof and can be sealed to completely prevent moisture from seeping through the floor. Shop Vinyl Plank 

 

2. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): Stylish and Affordable High-End Looks

 

Luxury Vinyl Tile or LVT is the perfect choice for design-conscious shoppers. It captures the same stylish trends found in natural stone and hardwood planks. From traditional, rustic, and exotic woods to modern industrial designs inspired by both reclaimed and petrified wood, you can find the genuine look you love at a valuable price. Similarly, LVT can deliver the high-end looks of travertine and marble without breaking the bank, but it's also warmer and softer under-foot. Shop Luxury Vinyl Tile

 

3. Sheet Vinyl Flooring: A Durable and Low-Maintenance Option

 

Vinyl Sheet flooring is a single roll of flooring usually 6 to 12 feet wide. Vinyl sheet tile limits the number of seams dramatically and is therefore a great choice for high-moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens. With improved printing technology over the years, sheet flooring can provide stone, tile, or hardwood visuals. Vinyl sheet is durable, affordable, low-maintenance, and can be installed over concrete, tile, wood, old vinyl, or underlayment. If you require extreme durability from your sheet vinyl floor, go with inlaid vinyl: it's thicker, more durable, and hides scratches better.

 

2.  Vinyl Tile Flooring: An Easy DIY Option for Any Room

 

Vinyl Tile is a great type of flooring for do-it-yourself projects. It consists of individual squares of various sizes that, when assembled, give the appearance of stone tile. One of the benefits of having individual tiles is that they're easier to replace when one is damaged. Vinyl tile flooring can also be used to arrange a pattern, which will further enhance the resemblance to ceramic tile and stone. With peel-and-stick installation, you can easily complete these transformations using vinyl tile. You can add grout to fill between the vinyl tiles to make your ceramic visual even more realistic.

 

Choosing the Right Wear Layer for Your Vinyl Flooring

 

No matter what format or style of vinyl you choose, you need to choose a sturdy wear layer if your tile is going into high-traffic areas. The wear layer is the urethane-based top coat and finish of vinyl flooring that provides defense against scuffs, dents, scrapes, and stains. The thicker the wear layer, the more durability your vinyl floor will provide over time.

 

Among the different types of the wear layer, vinyl no wax is the entry-level surface that offers some resistance to scuffs and stains. Urethane is more durable and low maintenance compared to vinyl no wax and has more resistance to black heel marks and most household chemicals.

The large selection of designs, formats, and colors of vinyl makes it easy to find a style you love. 

 

Designing with Vinyl: A Wide Selection of Options

 

The best part about designing with vinyl is that the large selection of designs, formats, and colors all but guarantee that you will find a style you love. 

 

Installing Vinyl Flooring: 

 

Have you been putting off finishing the basement for years now? The ability to install below grade and the overall easier installation means you can get the job done with minimal stress.  Professional installation is a great way to ensure that your new vinyl flooring looks great and lasts for many years. If you're considering installing vinyl flooring, it's worth investing in professional installation to get the best possible results. Our professional installers have the training, experience, and tools necessary to install vinyl flooring properly, ensuring a high-quality installation that will last for many years.

 

Choosing the right type of vinyl flooring for your home depends on your budget, style preferences, and lifestyle. Whether you're looking for the look of hardwood or tile, there's a vinyl flooring option that will meet your needs. 

 

When you’re ready to get started, just contact your local Carpet One Floor & Home store to work directly with one of our helpful flooring experts and let the vinyl journey begin! Click here if you are ready to start your next flooring project!