|Vinyl (Resilient) Flooring
What is resilient flooring? Unlike old-fashioned linoleum or vinyl flooring, today's resilient flooring is a highly engineered combination of polymer materials. This combination enables a manufacturer to produce a wide variety of flooring colors, designs, textures and sizes.
The evolution of today's vinyl flooring is the result of years of innovative research and development, and state-of-the-art product technology. Vinyl flooring products have been engineered to perfectly fit your home and lifestyle. Versatile, durable, easy to care for, and available in an unparalleled selection of colors and styles, no other flooring product offers you so many options.
WHY VINYL FLOORING
Vinyl offers you hundreds of color combinations with varying degrees of texture. Vinyl is generally a more cost effective way of decorating your home than, say, ceramic tile or hardwood.
Vinyl or Resilient floors, as the name implies, have some "give" or elasticity when you walk across them. They are often used in kitchens and baths because of their good looks, resistance to moisture and wide variety of colors and textures.
When you look at the color combinations the worlds top decorators have put together it's difficult to pick just one. Below are some points to consider when you are selecting a vinyl floor for your home.
Flooring selection: Your floor should complement rather than dominate the other elements in your room. If your room is simple, consider a floor with a stronger pattern. If your room has a more distinct style, the floor should pick up on the existing colors and
Color: Resilient floors are available in a wide range of the latest colors trends for home design. Choose one of these colors to add interest and design excitement to your room. You might want to select a color family that coordinates with your countertop, wallpaper or the paint in the room.
Traffic Pattern: What type of room will the floor go in? Are there doors leading
directly to the outside of your home? Do you have kids or pets? Higher traffic areas such as kitchens are best served with each manufacturer's better or best lines.
to the appearance of your floor.
Design and Style: Choose your floor to coordinate with the style you like. Whether your home is traditional, country, or contemporary, your floor can make a statement. For traditional or country/ colonial decors a rustic ceramic look would be appropriate. Crisp geometrics are more likely to be used in contemporary setting. Polished marbles and ancient stones with inset designs have a beautiful look for traditional design.
CONSTRUCTIONS OF VINYL
There are two different constructions of sheet vinyl: inlaid vinyl and printed vinyl with a durable protective coating or wear layer.
Inlaid vinyl's color pattern goes all the way through the sheet vinyl. It is by far the more durable of the two choices.
Printed vinyl is usually less expensive and though offered in many top qualities, will usually fall short of the durability found in an inlaid product.
There are 3 types of finish offered on vinyl flooring.
No wax wear surface (Vinyl No-Wax) which requires frequent washing and polishing to keep it shiny.
Urethane – more resilient to scratching keeping its new appearance for a longer period.
Enhanced Urethane which is the most resistant and only needs the odd sweep and occasional wipe.
Sheet Vinyl – Sheet vinyl is sold by the square yard or square foot. Sheet vinyl is manufactured in 12 foot or 6 foot widths and is sold in one piece. The vinyl is rolled out in the room then adhered to the subfloor.
Vinyl Tile or Plank – Vinyl tile and plank are sold by the square foot. Each individual square (tile) or strip (plank) is installed individually. Vinyl tile and plank offer flexible and easy installation with low costs and excellent maintainability. Interpretive patterns and colors look stunning in full field installations and extraordinary in cross-product and multiple color combinations. Design options are unlimited with vinyl tile and plank patterns and colorations.
WEARABILITY / DURABILITY OF VINYL
Wearability : is an important feature of vinyl and should be seriously thought out before putting vinyl in a busy work area. The wear layer is a guideline as to how many years you can expect a floor to last. Wear layers are broken-down into mil-layers, which are (1/1000") thickness. Wear layer usually range from 8mil-25mil, with 8 mils being an entry-level floor, while 25 mils would be considered a commercial grade. A rule of thumb is the number of mils will give you the maximum years you can expect that floor to still be an acceptable floor covering in your home.
COLOR AND PATTERN
Picking color and pattern for your families' lifestyle should be your first concern. A white floor with little or no pattern may make your room look beautiful right after washing it but if you have 2 dogs and 3 children how practical is this choice?
Pattern matches: increase the ability to alter a room beyond what it might have looked like with solid or non-descript flooring. Always follow the manufacturer's printed pattern matches on sheet vinyl to avoid seams that do not line up correctly. Remember the bigger the design the larger the pattern match will be on that floor. Some floors have a color match as well as a design match.
Vinyl manufacturers have made great strides in altering the look of a vinyl floor. By adding depth and dimension to their designs they are now able to create a more realistic stone or marble pattern offering unlimited design options.
Sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, and vinyl plank are all very easy to keep clean. Vacuum or sweep the floor with a soft, clean brush to remove any loose grit and dirt as necessary. Occasionally, around once a week, mop the floor with a damp mop using a vinyl floor cleaner recommended by your floor covering retailer.