The Types of Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is sometimes known as luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl planks (LFP) when in the form of tiles or long planks. Its outstanding durability and easy maintenance make it a more cost-effective choice over the long term.
Sheet vinyl flooring consists of a continuous sheet of polymer materials manufactured in widths of about 6 to 16 feet. Because it comes in large rolls, sheet vinyl has few seams – or no seams, in smaller rooms – and is much better at repelling water.
Vinyl Composite Tile
Vinyl composite tile (VCT) is a mixture of natural limestone, filler materials, thermoplastic binders, and color, all fused together into solid sheets, then cut into tiles. It is an easy, quick way to make over any room – and it’s a favorite for any flat and level surface.
Why is Vinyl So Popular?
Vinyl flooring has been around for more than 100 years, invented initially to replace the original resilient flooring material, linoleum. In the 1940s, vinyl flooring became very popular for areas where resilience, durability, and water-resistance was important. Bathrooms and kitchens have always been the prime areas where vinyl flooring products are used.
Vinyl flooring is very resistant to water and easy to clean and maintain, making it a low-cost, low-hassle flooring choice.
The Composition of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring became a truly viable flooring material with the introduction of PVC (poly-vinyl chloride), a synthetic plastic containing carbon, hydrogen and chlorine. In traditional sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles, the flooring material is a composite product, with a layer of PVC bonded to a fibrous core, and covered over with a printed design layer and a tough, clear wear layer. The distinction between high quality and low quality lies in the thickness of the products and the toughness of the wear layer.
Vinyl flooring today can take several forms, including sheet flooring, vinyl composite tiles, and a newer product, known as luxury vinyl tiles or planks (known as either LVT or LVF). Whatever type of vinyl flooring you choose, vinyl has several distinct advantages:
The Advantages of Vinyl Flooring
- Durability. Vinyl flooring is a surprisingly tough material, even though it is slightly soft underfoot.
- Water resistance. The main reason that vinyl flooring is popular in bathrooms and kitchens is because it is resistant to moisture, steam, and humidity. Water is largely unable to penetrate the surface of this material to do damage to the subfloor, although it can be slightly vulnerable at the seams.
- Easy maintenance. Vinyl flooring is very easy to clean. It is resistant to dirt, stains, scratches, and punctures, although it can be pierced if heavy furniture legs are not outfitted with protective pads. It may also yellow slightly if it is exposed to constant direct sunlight (although high-quality products have UV protection). Be aware that rugs containing rubber backing may cause a chemical reaction that can stain vinyl.
Need Help Deciding?
Each type of vinyl flooring can be judged according to a number of criteria, and your choice may boil down to which characteristics are most important for your situation. Check out these articles, “Compare Sheet Vinyl Vs Vinyl Tile,” and “Luxury Vinyl Plank That Looks Like Wood,” for a breakdown of all the details so you can make the best choice for your family!
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Davis Floor Covering has hundreds of samples of many types and brands of vinyl flooring in our Fort Smith showroom at 3401 S. 79th St. (behind Vic’s Tires Goodyear on Rogers Avenue). Stop by anytime, or contact us now for more information and a free quote!