Vinyl flooring is a synthetic floor covering which can be used in any room in the house – including the bathroom and kitchen. The reason for this is that it is water-resistant and waterproof – to the extent newer forms of vinyl flooring can actually be immersed in water, dried out, then reused as good as new again! The older versions of vinyl have a felt or fabric backing that isn’t waterproof, but the newer style vinyl flooring is produced entirely from polymer.
This newer style of vinyl flooring also comes in 12-foot wide sheeting, so there’s no seams for water to get through either.
Types of vinyl flooring
Both sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles contain a fibreglass layer which is coated in PVC vinyl and some form of plastic. It can then be printed on and embossed. Afterwards more layers are added, together with a polyurethane finish.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) consists of either tiles or planks which can be joined together to form an entire floor (simply ‘click and lock’). The vinyl is thicker in LVT than normal vinyl tile, ranging in width from 1.5mm to 5mm and has a very strong core.
LVT has a high-definition photographic layer, which forms the design. This could be of marble, terracotta, wood etc. The result is an LVT flooring which, at first glance, resembles a natural material, such as hardwood or stone. Although, of course, it’s much more durable than the real thing. It’s also possible to form attractive contemporary designs with LVT, such as chevron or herringbone patterns, making it an idea lounge and bedroom flooring too.
Advantages of vinyl flooring
In addition to its impressive water resistance credentials, vinyl is also incredibly easy to keep clean. Sweep with a brush, use a mop to wipe or vacuum – it all works well to ensure a sparkling floor. You can even use tough chemical cleaners on it.
The see-through urethan layer on LVT also makes it extremely stain-resistant. This low-maintenance aspect makes vinyl a great choice for family homes or commercial areas such as shops, gyms, leisure centres etc. It practically goes without saying that it’s ideal for high-traffic areas.
You’ll usually also get a good warranty on vinyl flooring – up to 20 years isn’t unusual.
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