There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to flooring. Whether you are deciding on a replacement material for your existing home or planning head for your new construction build, you want the end result to be perfect. For many, their first thought is of hardwood flooring — it’s classic, it’s beautiful, and it will likely last a lifetime. However, solid hardwood and other highly esteemed materials like stone or tile have their drawbacks, cost being high on that list.
For those looking into more affordable options, you have likely come across vinyl flooring. It has a reputation for being cheap, and it is certainly budget-friendly, but new advances have also allowed it to become a great alternative to your first-choice materials. Read on to learn more about vinyl flooring, and see it for yourself at the Gateway Design & Home Center in Loveland!
What Is Vinyl Flooring?
First things first — what is vinyl flooring? In essence, it is a cousin to laminate. Not only is it constructed with layers in a similar fashion, but it also has the ability to mimic the colors, patterns, and textures of other materials. Unlike laminate flooring, however, vinyl is fully synthetic, and contains no form of wood.
The top coat layer of vinyl adds shine and protects the layers beneath.
The wear layer is made specifically to protect the printed pattern in the layer below. As the name implies, it is intended to stand up to years of wear and tear.
The pattern layer is what gives vinyl flooring its color and, as you might expect, pattern. This is a printed image that is often used to imitate wood, stone, or tile.
The cushion layer adds bounce and texture.
The final layer is the base layer, which adds support. In laminate flooring, this is made with wood, but vinyl flooring is completely synthetic.
Styles of Vinyl
There are a number of materials and styles that are included under the umbrella term of “vinyl flooring.” The specific kind of vinyl flooring you are considering for your project will determine a number of factors, including cost, design, and mode of installation.
Sheet vinyl is made in large sheets that can be simply laid down over a subfloor or glued down. It’s typically made of PVC, fiberglass, foam gel, and urethane. Installation is simple, and can be done quickly and without seams, but it should be done by a professional. Implemented well, sheet vinyl flooring is often more water resistant than other types.
Vinyl Tiles and Planks
A very common form of vinyl flooring is tile or planks — this type is often found in commercial businesses and schools. It replicates the look of ceramic tile, but it doesn’t require any grout. It simply has to be glued down. Vinyl tile is clean and durable, and it can be used in high-moisture areas.
Another style of vinyl flooring you may come across is woven vinyl, which is typically made of vinyl-covered fiberglass strands woven together. It is soft, naturally springy, and easy to clean. When it comes to installation, woven vinyl can be laid loose or glued down.
Find Your Flooring Match Today
Are you interested in using vinyl flooring for your next project? Contact Gateway Design & Home Center to learn more! With a personal consultation, we can help you determine which material will work best for your needs, as well as narrow down the wide variety of color and style options available. You can also keep an eye on this blog for more information, as we will dive into the advantages, disadvantages, and details of using vinyl flooring in future blog posts.
Jump start your project today, and call Gateway Design & Home Center!