Resilient Vinyl

When you were a kid, more than likely you played on the vinyl tile in the kitchen and perhaps even the living room and your bedroom. Vinyl has been America’s option for years and years. But today, vinyl is different. It’s not the same as it was when you were practicing the latest dance steps. (Or maybe you still do.)

It’s now called “resilient flooring” and the technology is vastly different from the old days. No more shiny plastic-looking floors that would scratch from just about anything. Today’s vinyl is more often matte finished, easy to take care of, tough as nails, unlike the forerunners of yesteryear. Today’s floors are available in tiles, planks or sheets, an endless variety of patterns, designs and colors and they can often be mistaken for stone, wood or even ceramic tile.

Why Choose Resilient Vinyl From Your Local Vinyl Flooring Company?

You’ll find vinyl in most kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms because it’s so resistant to mildew, mold and moisture. You can install vinyl over most other flooring and it’s the most affordable flooring option on the market. And the underlayment makes it much more cushiony and warmer than all of the other “hard” products, like stone, wood or real tile.

Check the Quality

So how can you tell the difference between the low quality options and the real resistant flooring? It involves knowing the products and the way that they are each manufactured.

Printed or Inlaid Vinyl

There are two types of vinyl flooring: printed and inlaid.

With the printed type, designs are printed on a paper topcoat, which is placed directly on the thin vinyl surface. It’s then covered with multiple layers of clear vinyl or urethane that produces a protective wear layer. This is the most affordable variety, but is not as durable.

Inlaid vinyl floors provide the color and texture surface by placing tiny vinyl granules on the backing, which forces them up to the wear surface. The result is a much heavier, durable floor because vinyl is used throughout the thickness of the flooring. And since the color goes through the material from the bottom to the top, any chips or scrapes are hardly noticed.

Formats

Vinyl Flooring CompanyIn the home, vinyl comes in solid vinyl tiles, sheet vinyl and luxury tiles and planks.

Sheet vinyl comes in 6’ or 12’ wide rolls and the single sheet of vinyl is rolled flat and cut to fit the shape of the room. If the room is larger than the sheet, additional sheets are cut, which results in seams. There are three types of sheet vinyl: vinyl-backed, felt-backed and modified loose-lay. Felt back is the most used and adds an extra layer of padding and strength and is applied with adhesive. Vinyl-backed is the least popular and is applied with adhesive at the edges only. Modified loose-lay has a fiberglass back for strength and is applied with double-face tape.

Solid vinyl tile (SVT) is available in 12” by 12” inch squares or in strips of three. SVT typically includes a photographic print coating placed between the backing and a clear layer of vinyl. These tiles usually include an adhesive back and are installed over a smooth surface. Tiles can be installed over old flooring if it is clean and in good shape, but they should not be installed on top of old tiles. In this situation, a sub floor is recommended. If you are applying vinyl tiles without adhesive backing, you’ll need to spread an adhesive over the existing floor or sub floor first.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the top-of-the-line in vinyl flooring but is more affordable than stone or wood. A 3D photo is applied directly to each tile. Embossing then gives it it’s texture. The final tile has a protective layer, and usually a urethane layer. They usually have beveled edges and come is all shapes and sizes. Wood planks are usually 3-4 feet long and others are available in large squares that can even be laid with grout. There is a price to be paid for this realism compared to traditional vinyl.

The All-Important Wear Layer

The thickness of the wear layer is all-important when determining the durability of the vinyl floor. Wear surfaces come in three types:

Vinyl no wax is a clear vinyl top coating and is the least durable, no-wax vinyl and requires polishing.

urethane-coated finish is more durable, resists stains and withstands daily wear without polishing.

Enhanced coatings provide the greatest protection and are much more resistant to scratching and are more hardy than flooring with just one urethane layer.

Your Resilient Vinyl Choices

Resistant flooring provides a huge range of options and the more expensive ones are extremely realistic and offer great durability. Give a lot of thought to your lifestyle and unique needs before selecting your flooring product. Be sure to choose the best option that matches up. Call Harris Flooring-The best vinyl flooring company.