Characteristics of Vinyl Flooring

Are you getting worried or confused while choosing a flooring option for your home? Don’t worry as there is vinyl flooring that is very simple, durable and practical. Vinyl flooring is the best choice as it is long lasting and the price is affordable. Vinyl flooring can even be used in kitchens, bathrooms and basements etc. Vinyl flooring has gained popularity in the recent times not just because it is affordable and durable but because there is a wide range of selection when it comes to designs and colors.

Advantages of vinyl flooring:

  • Low cost and long lasting
  • Easy to maintain
  • Moisture resistant
  • Good option for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Usable in heavy traffic areas and commercial buildings
  • Comfortable underfoot
  • Provides good insulation.

Disadvantages of vinyl flooring:

  • Cannot be refinished or polished
  • Can look dull after some wear and tear
  • Sensitive to sunlight
  • Can easily fade or crack

Vinyl flooring comes in two kinds. One is in the form of sheets and the other is tiles. Here you can find the difference between these two and the pro and cons of each type of vinyl flooring.

The sheet vinyl is otherwise known as printed vinyl and the tile vinyl is known as inlaid vinyl.

The sheet vinyl is cheaper than the tile vinyl but not very durable. The tile vinyl is thicker and is more expensive, durable and can be used for residential or commercial purposes. Below you can find the characteristics of sheet vinyl and tile vinyl.

Characteristics of sheet vinyl:

Sheet Vinyl FlooringCost: When compared to tiles, sheet vinyl costs less because they are produced in large rolls without using much labor to cut the material, due to this there is not much of wastage. It is up to the owner of the home to get the cutting done according to the required size.

Water resistant: The biggest advantage of sheet vinyl is that it is resistant to water and moisture when compared to any other kind of flooring. This is because it is usually laid without having grooves, unlike tiles. Basically there are no joints that allow water to seep in and damage the sub-floor.

Design: Sheet vinyl, unlike tiles comes in a variety of patterns, colors and designs you think of. Whatever the design you need, can be inscribed on the sheet vinyl. This printed surface is used as the covering and is installed directly into the desired room. With solid tiles this cannot be possible.

Characteristics of tile vinyl:

Vinyl Tile FlooringChangeable: In the case of sheet vinyl, if a small damage or stain occurs the only option one has, is to remove the entire sheet or remove a part of the sheet and replace it with a patch. This patch can look like a sore spot to your flooring and disrupt the pattern and the color of your floor.

But in the case of tile vinyl, if there is any sort of damage, one can simply remove the tiles and replace it with a new one. Removing a vinyl tile is easy and once the job is done, no one can make out the difference.

Variety of options: Sheet vinyl gives you the actual product, whereas tile vinyl allows the end users to use their creativity and come up with their own design. Tile vinyl gives you the flexibility to create your own designs depending on the colors and the contrasts that suit your taste and décor. You can cut individual tiles in to the desired shapes and get your intended designs. One has to lay out the picture of the design of your floor before you start cutting up pieces and wasting material.

Installation is easy: Installing vinyl sheets can be a tough job as you will need to take perfect measurements cut the sheets properly for them to fit in to your room. A small mistake can cause a lot of wastage of material.

Tile vinyl installation is comparatively easy and the job can be done by first time DIYers as well in a day or two. Each tile has to be laid in a straight line. Any mistake won’t result in a vast damage.

Practical: The main reason why tile vinyl is chosen is that it can mimic a variety of other flooring options that are higher in price, like hardwood, stone and ceramic tiles. When tile vinyl is used you have the opportunity to apply grout in between two tiles giving it a more natural look. With sheet vinyl that is not possible.

If your choice for your flooring is vinyl, you have to take in to consideration the type of vinyl and its cost constraints. If you are looking for high traffic areas like schools, offices or malls your best option is to have inlaid tiles. Sheet vinyl is best used in low traffic areas like bedrooms and baths. You are looking for easy installation then vinyl tiles are the way to go, but if you want something with low cost then vinyl sheets are the best idea.

Characteristics of Vinyl Flooring was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by Jason Valasek

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