Homeowners, contractors, and builders are flocking to vinyl flooring for a wide variety of reasons. The array of options available as well as often being scuff- and waterproof are making it the go to option for both new builds as well as remodels.
Why Choose Vinyl Flooring?
Go back about a decade and a builder or home remodeler mentioning vinyl flooring as an option would have been laughed right out of the room. Over the last few years, though, this type of flooring had made some serious strides.
Not only is this type of flooring often far cheaper than more traditional flooring, such as stone tile or hardwood flooring, but it actually replicates the actual look and feel of the “real” thing. In addition, since this type of flooring is waterproof, there is no need to avoid certain areas of the home, such as the laundry room or under the fridge, where leaks may be a concern.
Something else to consider is the ease in which damaged tiles can be replaced. A small section of ceramic tile could become quite costly and anyone who has had problems with hardwood flooring knows a small section can end up costing thousands to repair.
Types of Vinyl Flooring
Groutable Vinyl Tile – this type of flooring will give fans of ceramic tiles a true run for their money. While the grouting requires a little more work, it also adds a much more realistic look to the flooring.
Vinyl Composition Tile – this is best for high traffic areas, as it is specifically designed to be durable and long-lasting.
Vinyl Plank Flooring – hardwood floors are among the most expensive types of flooring to have installed, so this gives the homeowner a more financially viable option that still offers that very rich look. Early models of vinyl hardwood floors were very cheap looking, but today’s versions are very difficult to tell from the real thing.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring – Whereas the plank flooring is generally in three to four-foot sections, sheet vinyl comes is six to 12-foot sections. This type of flooring is recommended for areas that are more exposed to moisture, such as a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.
Choosing the Right Wearlayer
The wearlayer is the surface coating of the tile. Which option you choose will more than likely depend on where the tile is being used in the home.
Urethane – this will resist scuffing and is good for areas that will see normal to heavy traffic.
Enhanced Urethane – more expensive, but also much more durable. This is recommended for areas that will experience the most traffic or that will have the highest possibility of scuffing, such as a hallway or kitchen.
Vinyl No-Wax – this is meant for areas that will see much lighter traffic, such as a bedroom.
Because of the various dynamics and features of this type of flooring, we highly recommend sitting down with a specialist as your local store to ensure you are getting the perfect fit for the area of your home you are remodeling.