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Vinyl Sheet Floor in the kitchen

Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Vinyl is a specific type of plastic. Vinyl sheet flooring is a product made by layering different materials, including vinyl. The most common type of vinyl floor consist of 4 layers: a felt, fiberglass or vinyl backing; a core layer; a decorative layer with the flooring pattern; and a final “wear layer” on top that protects the flooring from scratches and scuffs.

What is the Vinyl Sheet Flooring ?

Vinyl sheet flooring is often used as an alternative to natural stone and ceramic tile, especially in rooms like kitchens, laundry and bathrooms that are more susceptible to moisture. The layered construction provides stability, cushioning and a protective finish for durability.

“Resilient flooring” is a term used for flooring that has some elasticity to it. This is the case with vinyl – it is a firm flooring product with a bit of “give.” The terms vinyl and resilient flooring are often used interchangeably. However, it’s important to note that there are some non-vinyl, resilient flooring options, including cork, rubber and linoleum. If you have questions specific to any resilient flooring product, a Floor Store associate would be happy to help. Give us a call or stop by today.

Vinyl is not only available in sheets, as a matter of fact, it also comes in planks, tiles or a variety of options to express your own personal creativity.

Vinyl flooring can be installed in any room in the house, including rooms at, above or below grade (ground level). It can also be installed over almost any type of subfloor (concrete, wood, vinyl), as long as the subfloor is smooth and level. If the subfloor has imperfections, they may show through the vinyl.

Vinyl and Linoleum are not the same, while both products are examples of resilient flooring, they are actually manufactured from completely different materials. While vinyl flooring consists of vinyl, felt and fiberglass, linoleum is made from natural materials such as linseed oil, tree resin, cork dust and wood flour.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Floors

Advantages:

  • Vinyl sheet flooring is waterproof.
  • Stands up well to heavy foot traffic.
  • It is the most budget friendly option from the vinyl category.
  • Comes in a broad range of colors and patterns, including a variety of wood and stone like grains.
  • It is easy to maintain.

Disadvantages:

  • Vinyl sheet floors do not stand up well to heavy loads and can be damaged by sharp objects.
  • Colors can fade with exposure to too much direct sunlight.
  • Floors can be damaged by high temperatures.
  • Relatively tricky to install since it comes in one big roll.
  • Looks cheap compared to other vinyl products available today.

How to Care for Your Vinyl Floors

Sometimes beauty requires more maintenance than it’s worth. That’s not the case with vinyl flooring. Help keep your new vinyl looking great by following all manufacturer recommendations. Cleaning vinyl can be simple:

  • Sweep up spills, crumbs, dust, and dirt into piles.
  • Use a vacuum without beater bars or mechanisms which could scuff your floor at least once a week.
  • If mopping up a mess, avoid using harsh chemicals. Consult manufacturer recommendations if you’re unsure. A mixture of water and mild soap can work wonders for vinyl.
  • Avoid buffing machines, steel wool, scouring powder, and steam mops. Get a professional advice if you’re ever unsure.

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