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Vinyl Flooring FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions.

How can I choose the best vinyl for my situation?

The biggest variable to consider when choosing vinyl is the thickness, and it will pay you to invest in the thickest vinyl floor you can afford. The very thickest grades of vinyl offer the substance and durability of laminates without the vulnerability to water. They also offer dimensional detailing that can mimic hardwood and ceramic very well. Thicker vinyls will also do a better job of hiding seams and other surface imperfections in the subfloor.

Which is better, laminate or vinyl?

Laminate floors are stiffer than vinyl because they are made with a hard wood core, so laminates hide imperfections in the subfloor better. They also have a harder wear layer, so laminates resist scratching and denting better than vinyl. The wood core makes laminates more vulnerable to damage from water and other liquid spills than vinyl, however. Because vinyl is made completely of vinyl, which is water resistant, it will not cup or warp when exposed to water.

Is vinyl good for households with children and pets?

Vinyl is an excellent choice for homes with pets and children because it is so easy to clean and resists stains. It will hold up in muddy entryways and in kitchens where frequent messes occur. It requires little care once it’s installed, making it a forgiving floor that’s easy to live with. Vinyl is also relatively soft and sound absorbent, providing a comfortable surface for playing and helping to quiet the chaos in your home.

Where can vinyl be installed?

You can install vinyl anywhere in your home because of its superior water resistance and durable construction. It is suitable for kitchens, baths, entryways, basements, mudrooms, laundry rooms and more.