Everything You Need To Know About Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring has been enjoying a return to vogue as more and more homeowners and businesses are discovering the material’s stylish and affordable advantages. Take a look below to learn everything you need about the secrets behind vinyl’s rising star.
What’s So Great About Vinyl?
Vinyl offers several advantages over other tile types that have helped build its appeal throughout the years. First, vinyl floors are low-maintenance and easy to take care of so you don’t have to worry about water damage or causing a streak by walking the wrong way.
Second, vinyl is extremely durable and friendly to foot traffic, making it an excellent choice in both residential and commercial uses.
Third, developments in vinyl have allowed it to mimic the appearance of other flooring types, including wood and stone. This means you can enjoy the look of grain wood or marble floors without having to worry about the maintenance hassles that normally come with.
Lastly, vinyl is a very cost-effective option for flooring, making it easy to do projects large and small without straining the pocketbook.
Types of Vinyl Flooring
Waterproof WPC: The acronym stands for ‘wood-plastic composite’ and the full name leaves no guessing as to why it’s popular. WPC is most commonly used to replicate the look of wooden floors while still offering the strengths and water-resistance of vinyl.
Luxury Vinyl Planks/Tile: The ‘luxury’ part of the name distinguishes these flooring options from the older, less reputable types of vinyl. LVP and LVT are of much higher quality than earlier models and include a protective coating to better promote long-lasting floors. Incidentally, WPC is a subcategory of luxury vinyl planks.
Rigid Core Vinyl: This type of vinyl emphasizes being tough and rigid, allowing it to be used on surfaces that would be too uneven for other types of flooring. Vinyl flooring that uses rigid core technology is able to resist waves and ‘ripples’ that would otherwise result from uneven subfloors.
Vinyl flooring is fast and simple to install
Whether floating, interlocking or sticking down, many people choose to DIY this project with satisfying results. If you do hire professional installers, your project will be done fast with minimal mess or inconvenience. You can replace sections as needed depending on the type of vinyl product, yet it’s exceptionally wear resistant so that you can count on many years of value before any part of your floor needs replacing.
Loose Lay: As the name suggests, loose lay vinyl flooring is a type of plank that is designed to fit together snugly without the need of interlocks or glue. All you have to do is place the planks down over the subfloor and ensure they are flush with the wall. This ease of installation means loose lay vinyl flooring is extremely popular with the DIY crowd as the only tool you need is measuring tape.
Groutable Tile: Grout is one of those things where you only notice it if the job’s done poorly—or if its missing entirely. Although vinyl tiles can be made that don’t require grout, it’s hard to truly replicate the look of ceramic or stone tiles without it. That’s why groutable vinyl tiles exist: so you can get the full tile experience while still enjoying the resilience and style benefits of vinyl.
Click Planks: A click plank floor is similar to loose lay except the planks are designed to ‘click’ together, sort of like a jigsaw puzzle. The biggest advantage to using click plank vinyl flooring is that there is no need to prepare the subfloor—you can even install click planks over top of existing tile.
Vinyl is an extremely versatile material that works well in any environment. One of the major reasons for this is that vinyl flooring is waterproof and does not absorb moisture. This is why vinyl tile is particularly valued in bathrooms, kitchens, and yes, basements, since there is no risk of a spill or flood compromising the tile. Vinyl surfaces are also resistant to foot traffic, making them perfect for any homeowners who like hosting or simply enjoy having friends over. As an added bonus, vinyl is better at trapping heat than ceramic, porcelain, or cement floors, letting you enjoy that extra bit of comfort. The only catch is that vinyl is not as good at handling large weights as some other types of flooring. Typical furniture won’t be a problem but you should double-check the specifications of the brand you’re buying if you have anything unusually heavy.
No discussion of vinyl flooring is complete without mentioning the material’s biggest strength: it’s ability to mimic other materials. The surface of a vinyl floor is printed-on, meaning it can be styled to look like wood grain or high-class stone or anything in between. The effect is extremely realistic and vinyl can even copy texture to a certain extent, further improving the result. Hardwood and stone floors are generally more expensive than vinyl, making the latter a more cost-effective way of getting the same look.
What is it about vinyl flooring that makes it such a great option for home renovations?
Vinyl flooring is one of the most sought-after options for floors because of its attractive designs, its resiliency, moisture resistance, ease of maintenance and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, because it is synthetically-created, vinyl flooring can come in practically any colour, pattern or style. It can be easily incorporated into your home space to enhance or match the décor and atmosphere. If you want to go bold, vinyl can do that. If you want something more subtle, vinyl can also accomplish it. There are very little limitations to what aesthetics vinyl can create.
Commercial spaces lasts twice as long as carpet or other materials
Hotels and different high traffic zones may replace their carpets every 5 or 6 years, whereas vinyl can perform at least double that time in a high-traffic setting. Being low-maintenance, it requires no chemical cleaners and less water overall to keep it clean.
Luxury vinyl tile mimics any luxurious surface
This is one of the key selling features for vinyl flooring. Today’s luxury vinyl tile looks far different than the “linoleum” of the past. You can effectively mimic nearly any luxurious surface to complement your business’s design and brand feel. You can also customize unique patterns, prints and images to personalize your floors with inlaid floor design. Whether you want the real look and texture of hardwood, ceramic tile, or stone, LVT can create the effect, flawlessly. Any style you could imagine completing your space at a fraction of the budget- that’s the benefit of vinyl. We think vinyl floors are going to continue rising in popularity as the technology for quality manufacturing and the multitude of applications grow.
Vinyl is also loved for its simple yet highly advantageous features
Although vinyl flooring can look identical to wood, stone and ceramic tiles, its material is much more durable than most of these traditional flooring options because of a special wear layer on its surface. To further boost its durability, vinyl flooring can be used in areas with moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms because it contains a protective antimicrobial layer that resists mold and mildew. It is also much easier to install and maintain in comparison. Finally, unlike the other flooring options, Toronto vinyl flooring offers relatively more softness and comfort to your feet. If you are interested in using vinyl for your flooring, you should consider which type of vinyl is most suitable for your home since not all vinyl flooring is made the same. There are three different options on the market: sheets, tiles and planks.
Vinyl is not likely the first word to come to mind when you think “Eco-friendliness” but the modern version is greener than initial impressions suggest
Remember that one of vinyl’s top strengths is its ability to mimic the appearance of other materials, so you can enjoy top-quality wooden floors without having to cut down extra trees. Vinyl floors are easy to clean with just elbow grease and don’t require harsh or polluting chemical solutions as part of their regular maintenance. Vinyl is also remarkably durable and allows homeowners to save resources that would have otherwise gone to replacing or refurbishing tiles. Lastly, a number of vinyl manufacturers enjoy the LEED credit for Low-Emitting Material, meaning they aggressively pursue minimal volatile organic compounds that could otherwise compromise air quality.
Laying wood planks in your bathroom is just asking for trouble and tiling your living room in ceramic will garner plenty of odd looks
In contrast, vinyl is remarkably versatile and can be safely employed in any part of the house. Homeowners who use vinyl flooring in Vaughan know that the material is 100% waterproof, which makes it excellent for kitchens, bathrooms, and any other rooms where the floor is likely to get wet. The inner core of a vinyl tile is well insulated and effective in extreme temperatures, allowing it to serve effectively in a variety of hot and cold climates. The variety of designs and colours available also mean that vinyl is effective for both residential and commercial establishments. Lastly, vinyl floors come with a selection of different finishes that can be chosen to adapt it to a variety of traffic and pressure conditions, making vinyl ideal for supporting heavy furniture or high-volume travel.
Part of “why vinyl” is how easily tiles can be made to look like other materials
Detailed wood grain, smooth marble, and carved stone are just a few of the high-end flooring types that vinyl tile can mimic. This versatility means home and business owners can enjoy luxury style at reasonable prices and it also allows interior designs to be realized that would be too costly otherwise. Wooden floors in a kitchen or bathroom would be far too expensive to keep maintained—but vinyl flooring with a wood finish is much more flexible and significantly easier on the pocketbook. Additionally, printed vinyl is extremely DIY-friendly, which means flooring contractors aren’t mandatory and you can save on installation if you feel handy.
Vinyl sheets are typically available as large, wide rolls that are six- to twelve-feet wide
They are extremely easy to install in any size or type of room and offer all the benefits of vinyl flooring. Vinyl tiles are individual square pieces that are imprinted with special designs. These are easy to install and can be laid to form a unique pattern. Vinyl tiles are a very popular option for bathrooms and kitchens. Some designers suggest laying the tiles diagonally for a unique contrast or in a checkerboard pattern for more depth. The types of designs and colours can be customized to anything you like for your space with vinyl tiles.
Vinyl planks are very similar to hardwood or laminate. This kind of vinyl flooring is most-recommended for living rooms and bedrooms. Similar to the vinyl tiles, planks can also be laid in patterns to give a sense of uniqueness to your home. WPC vinyl planks or SPC vinyl planks are other forms of vinyl flooring that are considered to be luxury vinyl. They are made from a mixture of wood, plastic and vinyl. WPC and SPC vinyl offers high durability, is waterproof and comes with a specially designed click-and-lock installation system. When deciding on the flooring for your home renovations, consider choosing vinyl flooring as your choice for an aesthetically pleasing space that is unique, cost-effective and beneficial in multiple ways.
Great option for cottage living
For cottage owners, vinyl flooring can prove very resilient and last a long time before needing repair. Other flooring options bring challenges in unheated cottages, or they are not practical for the realities of cottage living:
- Hardwood is a beautiful natural material, but drastic changes in temperature and humidity can cause it to crack making it a risky choice for unheated cottages
- Flooring materials that require grout will not last as long because the grout expands and contracts with environmental changes making it unstable
- Ceramic tile, in addition to being grouted, is very cold, hard, and subject to cracking
- Carpeting is cozy but requires regular vacuuming and can easily become stained
Whether you’re seeking contemporary or classic, personalized or practical, vinyl flooring can suit your commercial space for years to come. We welcome you to contact the floor experts at Chestnut Flooring today. We’ll be happy to provide a tour of our expansive showroom and answer any questions you may have.
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