Why Choose Resilient Vinyl?
Vinyl is one of the most versatile materials used in flooring. It is highly resistant to mold, mildew, and moisture. One of the most affordable flooring materials out there, vinyl is easy to install over most existing flooring, and it’s easy to maintain. Sheet Vinyl is warmer and softer underfoot than real tile, stone, or wood.
For residential use, vinyl is available in a few different formats, including sheet vinyl, solid vinyl tiles, and luxury vinyl tiles/planks.
Sheet vinyl generally comes in 6′ or 12′ wide rolls. When installed, this single sheet of vinyl is rolled flat and cut to the shape of the floor. As with wall-to-wall carpet, if the floor is too large for one sheet, a additional sheets are added, which creates seams where the sheets meet.
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the ultimate in high-end vinyl flooring, offering a more affordable option to costly flooring materials such as natural stone and wood. Using advanced 3D imaging technology, a photograph of the natural material is transferred directly to the tile. Each tile is then uniquely embossed to match the appropriate texture. The final product, which is approximately 1/8 inch thick, is made of several layers, including a protective wear layer (mil layer) and often a urethane layer for added durability.
Floors do a great job of realistically capturing the textures and rich grains of the natural materials they replicate. Most tiles include beveled edges and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The wear layer and its thickness are important indicators of how well a vinyl floor will stand up to daily use. There are basically three types of wear surfaces to consider:
Vinyl no-wax is a clear vinyl top coating. The least durable of the three surfaces, no-wax vinyl requires periodic polishing to retain its luster.
A urethane-coated finish provides greater durability and resistance to stains and daily wear without the need for polishing.
Enhanced coatings used along with urethane finishes provide the greatest level of protection. Floors with an additional aluminum oxide coating, for example, provide outstanding resistance to scratching and are far more durable than flooring with a urethane layer alone.
Your Resilient Vinyl Choice
Resilient vinyl flooring includes a wide range of flooring options, with some of the more expensive products offering greater realism and enhanced performance. As with any flooring choice, when evaluating vinyl flooring options, it’s always best to factor in your lifestyle. Considering your unique needs will help you make a selection that best matches performance and design.
Now grouped into a category called “resilient flooring,” today’s vinyl floors are manufactured using the latest advances in flooring technology.
The choices you want
Vinyl is a versatile and affordable type of flooring that can easily match any type of décor.
From modern styles and colors to traditional, vinyl flooring comes in many different colors, patterns and sizes to change the way your home looks.