Vinyl flooring is the fastest growing product in the flooring industry. Modern vinyl features beautiful colors, crisp details, and even surface textures for the most realistic look possible. Vinyl also offers superior water resistance, making it an excellent choice for wet environments like kitchens and bathrooms. Combined with its durability and easy maintenance, it’s not difficult to see why more and more buyers are choosing vinyl.
Manufacturers have gone primarily to cushioned products with wider widths to reduce the number of seams. New innovations in backing have made today’s cushion vinyl floors more resistant to rips, tears and back staining. Most residential sheet flooring offers no-wax performance and a wide variety of colors and patterns–more than any other flooring product and generally speaking, cushion vinyl flooring is the most economical of all flooring choices. When choosing sheet vinyl flooring, special consideration should be used if you have an asphalt driveway. Asphalt can react to certain conditions and transfer into the vinyl resulting in permanent staining. Also special care should be used when moving or dragging heavy objects across the cushioned flooring as it often results in permanent damage to the surface.
Some products are designed to help you reduce subfloor preparation costs. Next to ceramic tile, vinyl flooring installation demands properly prepared sub-flooring. Most cushion vinyl products are thin and when they are installed with a full spread of adhesive over a poorly prepared subfloor, irregularities can telegraph through. New products designed for perimeter or loose lay installation will greatly reduce the effects of subfloor irregularities while lowering subfloor preparation costs. In fact, many of these products can be installed over your existing floor.
Luxury Vinyl Products
Manufacturer’s have raised vinyl flooring to a whole new level when it comes to luxury vinyl product offerings. New technologies have led to greater realism in design and structures every bit as rugged as older inlaid products, and all of this without giving up the easy no-wax maintenance that is desired.
Luxury vinyl planks are often used when trying to copy hardwood, as the planks mimic the look of cut hardwood. Luxury vinyl tile is often used to replicate stone or to create a complex pattern. Luxury vinyl sheet is commonly used in areas subject to moisture, such as the bathroom and/or kitchen.