Sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, luxury vinyl plank, vinyl composite tiles (VCT)
There are many kinds of flooring options available in the market today and one of the most viable and cost effective among them is vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring (commonly miscalled linoleum) is stain and water resistant, making it an ideal choice for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, entryways and more.
Broadly speaking, there are three main kinds of vinyl flooring – 1) sheet flooring, 2) VCT (Vinyl composite tile) and, 3) luxury tile/plank flooring
. Sheet vinyl flooring lays comes in sheets usually 12 feet wide (as seen above); while VCT flooring uses square 12” tiles (the type you might see in a school, supermarket or commercial food establishment) and luxury vinyl (see below) comes in planks that look like wood or tile w/ strips that look like grout lines.
While sheet flooring is more water resistant than tile flooring, it is the tile flooring which can lend give a room the feel of ceramic tile flooring. So for those of you, for whom styling is a priority over durability, always go for tile vinyl flooring. If you have any questions, though, be sure to contact Floor Coverings International in Westchester/Fairfield.
But before you go in for vinyl flooring, you must understand some basic characteristics of vinyl. Let us look at the positives of using vinyl flooring first. The biggest advantage of vinyl flooring is the cost factor. Vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring options available without compromising quality. Also, vinyl flooring can tolerate heavy traffic which makes it ideal for places with pets or children. The broad range of colors and patterns available in vinyl flooring make it a cinch to select the one matching your decor.
However, some vinyl flooring is rather soft and can dent and scratch with relative ease so be sure to take this into account for your Westchester/Fairfield home. Additionally, vinyl flooring has a tendency to fade if exposed to sunlight for extended periods.
While buying vinyl flooring or any kind of flooring, quality is the most important factor. So how does one judge the quality of a vinyl? To decipher this, let us first understand the construction of a vinyl.
Vinyl has seven layers which consist of the wear layer, the printed layer, an inner core consisting of the foam, vinyl layer and a backing. The inner core protects vinyl flooring from rips and bends while the wear layer is the contact layer which is prone to dents and scratches. So, ideally, higher the density of inner core, the better is the vinyl flooring.
The design professionals at Floor Coverings International can help you make the ideal choice in vinyl flooring.
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