Buyers Guide To Vinyl Flooring

Thinking about buying vinyl flooring? It would be a great choice because whether you prefer a classic or modern design to your home, there are many vinyl options out there to choose from. From sheet vinyl to luxury vinyl tiles, the design possibilities are endless. If you’re looking into what flooring would be best for you, this buying guide to vinyl flooring is the perfect place to start.

What Is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring is a synthetic flooring material that is durable, affordable and easy to install. With a durable wear layer, vinyl can withstand the demands of a busy home and makes the floor easy to maintain, as well as helping it to resist scuffs and marks. Vinyl flooring is impervious to water, making it popular for kitchens, utility rooms, playrooms and bathrooms where splashes and spills are frequent. 

It comes in countless designs, replicating the latest wood, stone and even marble floors, as well as more unusual and fun designs that can bring an added dimension to the home. Also known as cushion flooring or lino flooring, vinyl brings comfort and warmth to your home and it’s extremely practical. It works beautifully with water-based underfloor heating and your feet will love the soft feel of vinyl underfoot.

Types Of Vinyl Flooring

Explore the different types of vinyl flooring there are, all available at Leader Floors:

Stick on Vinyl Flooring

Self adhesive vinyl tiles are a great way of updating the floors in your home for an affordable price. They are quality, durable and can withstand the foot traffic that comes with a busy home. 

The stick on vinyl flooring here at Leader Floors is ideal for rooms with larger spaces. The glue down installation method involves the use of an adhesive to stick to its base.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Also known as LVT, luxury vinyl floor tiles are multi-layered, waterproof, resilient tiles available in either rigid or flexible tiles or planks. They are highly durable, easy to maintain and come in a wide choice of designs and styles from traditional and classic, to trendy designs. It’s made up of a series of layers, flexible and thin enough to cut through with a knife. This highly durable product is a great way to add warmth to your home, like carpet, but with the practicalities of a tile. Based on either a click or glue fastening, LVT flooring is an easy option for the avid DIYer or those on a tighter budget as you can install it yourself.

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Rather than a thin layer of flexible vinyl, vinyl plank flooring is a much thicker flooring material that is fabricated in long planks with a modified tongue-and-groove connection system that snaps together, often known as click-lock. They are water-resistant, easy to install and easy to maintain, thanks to their innovative design.

Click System Vinyl Flooring

Click system vinyl flooring is a great choice for areas where there is high foot traffic because it’s robust and designed to last. The clicking system allows for installation in areas where water may be present including bathrooms and kitchens and you won’t have to worry about water damage to the subfloor. Vinyl click flooring can also be installed over underfloor heating if you are lucky enough to have it. The click system combines the practical benefits of traditional glue down flooring with the ease of a click installation, meaning there is no glue required, like with laminate flooring.

Pros And Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Pros:

  • It looks great. Vinyl flooring hasn’t always had the best reputation but luckily, with innovation, you’re able to find excellent options that replicate real stone and wood.
  • It’s easy to maintain. Water-resistance and a thick wear layer is a great combination that doesn’t require too much maintenance. A regular damp mop and the occasional hoover is usually all that’s required.
  • It’s comfortable underfoot. Unlike floors of wood, stone, or tile, vinyl is softer underfoot, which means it’s more comfortable when you need to stand for a while.
  • Easy to install. Vinyl flooring generally comes in the form of tiles or planks, which makes it easy to install without the help of a professional.
  • Waterproof. Some types of flooring made from vinyl are completely waterproof. There are different classes of vinyl suitable for different areas in the home.

Cons:

  • Price point. Good-quality vinyl flooring is one of the pricier of the budget-friendly options.
  • Cheap vinyl doesn’t last. Poor-quality products dent, scuff, and scratch with ease (and that’s with average household foot traffic).
  • Doesn’t feel like wood or stone. Better-quality options may look like wood or stone, but they don’t feel like them. The texture remains that of vinyl, no matter how convincing the appearance.

Do You Need Underlay For Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring doesn’t always require underlay. If you’re laying your vinyl on a level and smooth floor, a well-cushioned vinyl will be find alone. However, click system vinyl flooring may need underlay to prevent issues arising from an uneven floor.

Maintaining Vinyl Flooring

The level of maintenance needed depends on where your vinyl flooring is laid. If it’s in a kitchen or playroom, there are likely to be more spills and more dirt and debris build up. Luckily vinyl floors are easy and simple to clean and maintain. And if you do need to give your vinyl flooring a deeper clean, there are many specialist cleaning products that you can use. Here are a few tips for maintaining your vinyl flooring.

  • Vinyl flooring is most likely to get damaged just after installation. Before you begin moving your furniture into the room, make sure you remove all debris, then sweep and vacuum the flooring to get rid of any dust leftover from the installation.
  • Keep sharp objects away from the surface and avoid sliding or dragging anything across it. Messy floors and debris can cause damage to vinyl over long periods of time, so make sure the surface is cleaned regularly.
  • Ensure all furniture legs are smooth and won’t mark your vinyl by fitting felt covers to casters and feet for added cushioning that will protect the surface of your vinyl.
  • Never push, pull or drag heavy furniture across your vinyl flooring as this can damage the surface. Instead, always lift or wheel in any sofas, tables or chairs, as this will prevent scuffing and other marks from occurring.
  • When Vinyl comes into contact with rubber for prolonged periods it causes a chemical reaction that leaves a permanent yellow stain at the point of contact. Such stains cannot be removed through cleaning and it is important therefore that your vinyl floor does not come into sustained contact with rubber. Be aware that common household items such as bicycle and pram wheels, latex or rubber backed mats and rugs, the soles of shoes and slippers may contain rubber and should not be left standing on a vinyl floor for prolonged periods.

We hope this guide has helped you understand the excellent benefits of vinyl flooring. 

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