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Vinyl Flooring 101

Helpful information for choosing the right vinyl flooring.

Today’s vinyl offers the look of ceramic tile and hardwood floors with less expense and hassle.

Vinyl tile and plank flooring is a heavy duty vinyl floor made of solid moisture resistant PVC or virgin vinyl. It ranges in thickness from 2 mm to 9 mm and above. As with most flooring, the thicker it is, the more it costs and the more durable it will be. In addition, a thicker vinyl floor reduces the chances of imperfections in the subfloor showing through.

The following are some of the advantages of vinyl flooring.

Water Resistance

One of the major advantages of vinyl is its resistance to water, which makes it highly durable even when wet. Unlike laminates, which feature a wood core, vinyl is all vinyl, which means it is water resistant even at the seams.

Easy Installation

Vinyl tile and plank flooring is one of the easiest floors to install. It can be glued down or installed in a floating style with locking edges like laminate floors. Unlike laminate, it can be trimmed by scoring and snapping, which makes it an attractive project even for the novice do-it-yourselfer. It can be installed over wood or cement floors above or below grade. It may also be installed over existing flooring, but surface imperfections must be eliminated or they may show through the finished floor. Ceramic look vinyl tiles may be installed with or without grout.

Comfortable

Vinyl provides a softer, warmer surface underfoot than ceramic or stone. It is also quieter than ceramic.

Easy to Maintain

Vinyl flooring is very easy to maintain with periodic sweeping and damp mopping. It resists denting and scratching better than hardwood floors and handles wet spills better than laminates.

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