Vinyl flooring may be ideal for your home
Vinyl flooring certainly has come a
long way since it came to the US market in the 1930s. Technological
innovations such as digital photography, embossing, and improved
seaming, together with countless functions and easy installation,
make it one of the most popular floorings around. If that isn't
enough, it comes in an almost unlimited variety of patterns and
colors, from wood, stone, and tile look to colorful geometrics,
checkerboards, herringbones, chevrons, and more.
Your options in vinyl flooring
As the name implies, vinyl sheet
flooring comes in large sheets with widths of six, 12, and sometimes
even 13-feet; or as vinyl composite tiles (VCT). With few, if any,
seams, some find vinyl sheet to be an advantage in the bathroom
because moisture can't seep through. Some also find the lack of seams
to make installation easier since there are no seams to line up.
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a more
advanced version of the original, being five times thicker and
multi-layered. All vinyl is durable, but this can withstand the
heaviest foot traffic; at the top is a robust, transparent melamine
wear layer to protect the floor from scratches and scuffs. On top of
that is a urethane coating that adds shine and further protection.
While both vinyl sheet flooring and VCT
can be glued, vinyl can also be installed by the loose lay method,
where the sheets hover over the subfloor without nails or glue; VCT
also comes in a peel and stick version. Luxury vinyl can be installed
as a floating floor, which is fast and uncomplicated, making it a
favorite among installers. Here, the pieces click together, mat, and
then hover over the subfloor without nails or glue.