A: Vinyl flooring has come a long way…there are patterns which look very much like natural stone and even hardwood flooring. Rather than making a quick selection by thinking your options are limited, take your time and sit with your flooring specialist to choose one of the latest “designer” styles to complement your space.
Use a non-staining vinyl backed mat or woven rug that is color fast. Manufacturer’s labels will usually note if a rug is color fast. Rubber or latex backed mats are not recommended because they can permanently stain your floor.
Good, Better and Best refers to the overall performance of the floor. The wear layer and its thickness play a major part in performance. The warranties are different in each category. This makes it easy for the consumer to choose the correct vinyl flooring for an area.
It refers to an embossing technology that recreates the most realistic ceramic, stone and wood visuals in resilient flooring.
Vinyl flooring is still a very good value for hard surface flooring. It offers a wide variety of colors and patterns that can blend with any décor and is very durable for the cost.
Linoleum was first available in the 19th century. It is made of linseed oil, wood flour, cork, and sometimes ground limestone or other stone additives. Bonded together with dehydrated linseed oil. A pattern could be pressed into the surface and color variations made from natural additives.
Vinyl came into being shortly after World War II as a more economical alternative to linoleum. Since it is basically a plastic product, it is made primarily of processed petroleum. The housing boom of the late 40’s and 50’s established vinyl flooring as a standard.
With the recent consciousness of green products, linoleum is seeing a revived popularity.
Linoleum. It is made from linseed oil, wood flour and cork, all renewable resources.
Urethane, because it takes the place of wax based product that protects the floor and it creates a nice shine without buffing.
We have a wide range of styles in vinyl flooring. One of the newest trends in vinyl flooring is Luxury Vinyl Tiles. Luxury vinyl tiles provide exceptional durability for a busy household. This is a great transitional product for consumers that like the look of ceramic tile but without the cost of ceramic tile. LVT also provides a beautiful wood look without the maintenance.
Yes. Several manufacturers offer loose lay vinyl flooring options.
The gray color is the result of excess moisture possibly from a leaking toilet.
Linoleum was invented 150 years ago. It is made from natural raw materials such as linseed oil and wood products. It is very durable but requires special maintenance.
Resilient and vinyl flooring are the same, they are different terms used to describe the same type of flooring.
Yes. Resilient flooring is very durable and an excellent choice for high traffic areas containing moisture such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.
The more expensive vinyl floors and tiles have better resistance to staining, scratches, gouges and tearing. Not only is the performance better, so is the warranty on the high-end vinyl floors. Also, as you go up in quality you will also notice improved styling and more textural realism in these floors.
Many homeowners today choose vinyl flooring for a variety of reasons but mainly because of its durability and versatility. Unlike the flooring of yesteryear, today’s vinyl comes in a wide variety of stylish colors, adding beauty and durability to any room.
Vinyl can be installed anywhere in your home. It can be installed below grade making it a good choice for basements.
Typically the sub-floor is not smooth enough, containing rough marks, nail heads and other imperfections that could be easily transferred through the vinyl. The underlayment provides a smoother platform for a more appealing appearance.
Loose lay vinyl can be laid over existing vinyl flooring without the added expense of underlayment or the removal of the existing floor.
A fiberglass core vinyl is different than a typical sheet vinyl product. It is constructed with a flexible fiberglass core. It provides a cushion of support under foot, which feels much softer than traditional vinyl. It is not only easier to install but can usually be installed with fewer seams because of its ability to be “folded” up walls and around corners where traditional vinyl cannot.
There are many over the counter cleaners you can use when cleaning your new flooring. All of them work well. Our suggestion would be to follow the manufacturers guidelines for the best possible results.
It depends on what room you’re planning to install the vinyl in. The urethane is a layer applied to the top surface of the vinyl that helps to resist scuff marks and gouging, which is great for heavy traffic areas such as kitchens and entryways. For a small water closet that only contains a toilet, the standard vinyl wear layer would certainly be appropriate.
Sheet vinyl can be installed anywhere in your home, including below grade levels (basement). Although vinyl is waterproof, the installation adhesive is water-soluble so you need to make sure you don’t over expose the perimeter of the room and seams to water.
Moisture is the likely culprit. Installation of quarter round in front of the cabinet and caulk along the tub will most likely prevent this.