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A Comprehensive Guide to Buying Vinyl Flooring

Chairs on flooringVinyl flooring has come a long way in quality of material and design style since its incorporation into flooring choices many decades ago.

Originally vinyl flooring was most often used for commercial establishments such as libraries and schools. With upgrades in materials, style, and installation techniques, vinyl is now a top pick for flooring. No longer just for commercial use, vinyl flooring can be found in all of today’s home designs.

Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of styles that mimic other types of flooring including wood, marble, and natural stone. It can be installed as tiles, planks or sheets. With the wide variety of different choices, how do you know what vinyl flooring would work best in your home?

Here is a comprehensive guide to help you in your decisions in buying your vinyl flooring.

Why Vinyl?

Vinyl flooring is a good choice for all types of rooms and home designs. It’s a low cost choice if you are on a tight remodeling budget. It’s an ideal flooring for high moisture areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and even basements.

Vinyl flooring is durable, waterproof, stain-resistant and scratch-resistant, too. Clean up is as easy as using a damp mop, wet cloth, or a quick sweep with the broom.

A backing of felt or foam can give vinyl a cushy feel, making it more comfortable to walk on than other flooring such as tile or hardwood. The backing also helps keep rooms quiet by adding a layer of insulation that absorbs sound.

Vinyl is a master of disguises. There are styles that look like other types of flooring such as wood planks, natural stone, ceramic tile, or marble. Vinyl comes in a range of colors and designs for all styles of décor as well.

Tiles

There are several choices in the way vinyl flooring can be installed. These include tiles, sheets, and planks.

The most popular choice for vinyl is tile, also often referred to as “peel and stick” flooring. This is a great choice for easy DIY projects.

Many options for vinyl tiles are self-adhesive and can be cut easily with just a utility knife. Some tile options can be grouted for a more finished and authentic tile look.

Although they can work well in larger areas, tiles are a great choice for smaller rooms including bathrooms, too.

Sheeting

Although ideal for larger areas, vinyl sheeting can be used in any room. Using sheeting in larger areas will minimize the number of flooring seams. This is an important issue for rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.

In these areas, the seams need to be sealed together as tight as possible. This will keep any water, moisture or dirt from getting underneath the flooring material and weakening the adhesive bond.

Moisture getting underneath the vinyl flooring could also potentially cause mold, mildew or bacteria to grow. According to the Center for Disease Control, mold can cause health issues for some people.

The reactions can range from nasal stuffiness for allergy sufferers, to more serious lung infections for people with compromised immune systems.

Planks

Many designs of vinyl planks are made to mimic wood. They come in an array of wood styles and tones such as hickory, oak, and maple. Some of planks, like vinyl tiles, are self-adhesive.

Other types of vinyl planking are floating, with a tongue and groove and lock-in-place design. They can be installed over many types of flooring including cement, wood, and ceramic tile. Vinyl planks can also be installed over other vinyl flooring, as long as the vinyl it’s being installed over doesn’t have any backing or underlayment.

Professional Installation

You’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, loving to putter around your house. Installing vinyl flooring is an ideal DIY project, if you have the time. You also have a family, a full-time job, a home, and everything that goes with your active lifestyle. Hiring a professional can help ease your time constraints and ensure your flooring is properly installed.

With your household projects, you demand only the best. For vinyl flooring installation that meets your high standards, a professional company, such as Pro Floors Utah, can help do the work to meet your standards. We can guide you through the many choices of types, colors, designs and styles of vinyl flooring that works best for each room of your house.

Contact the professional staff at Pro Floors of Utah today. With our extensive knowledge, we can guide you through the process of all the steps of buying your vinyl flooring.

Brandon Brown

I grew up in our families flooring business in Midvale with my parents and grandfather. Over the years I had the opportunity to estimate, sell and install all types of flooring both residential and commercial with my grandfather, father, brothers, cousins and uncles (many of which are still in the business). My favorite part of the business is meeting new people every day and enjoying the diversity of each of the projects we tackle. I guess you could say, "it is in my blood."

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