How To Select The Perfect Vinyl Floor

ProSource | 9/13/2015 | Product Information

Vinyl is one of the most resilient, versatile flooring options available, which makes it a great choice for just about any room in your home, from the entry and laundry room, to the bathroom and kitchen.

But there are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best vinyl flooring for your home. Vinyl comes in different styles and surface coatings that you’ll want to consider depending on which room you’ll be installing it in, the size and make up of your family, and whether or not you have pets.

Rooms that see less traffic, such as a bathroom, might not need a heavy duty wear layer, for example. But if your vinyl flooring will be installed in a kitchen or mudroom where there will be heavy traffic, or where the family dog comes in and out of the house, you’ll want to consider a more durable option.

Also keep in mind your cleaning style. While you might love the look of textured vinyl, the indented designs can trap dirt and require more effort to clean, versus easier maintenance vinyl.

Most traditional sheet vinyl consists of four layers: a urethane wear layer to resist scratches and scuffs, a protective clear film layer to protect against rips, a printed design layer and a structural vinyl backing layer for strength and durability.

The Wear Layer

Aside from color and pattern, the biggest difference among vinyl floorings is the surface coating, or wear layer. There are three types of coatings made to resist dirt, stains and scuff marks.

Vinyl No-Wax is good for areas with light traffic and minimal exposure to dirt. This coating is fairly easy to maintain with regular washings and occasional polishing.

Urethane is ideal for areas that see normal to heavy traffic. It’s designed to resist heel marks, stains and scrapes and cleans up easily.

Enhanced Urethane is the highest quality surface coating available. It holds up to the heaviest traffic, is made to resist dirt build-up and stains, and offers the greatest scratch resistance. Enhanced Urethane maintains its original shine longer than other coatings and needs less washing. It can be maintained with regular sweeping and occasional mopping.

The Style

Depending on the look you want, vinyl flooring comes in sheets, tiles or planks.

Sheet vinyl comes in a variety of visuals, like stone, wood or leather, but with the comfort of vinyl. It is cut to measurements or delivered in prepared rolls, and is ideal for high-moisture areas like bathrooms because it can be installed seamlessly. It is also softer and warmer under foot than most of the materials it replicates.

Vinyl tile is manufactured to exact dimensions and thickness to give your floor a uniform appearance. They also look more like real tile, but sometimes at a lower cost and less maintenance. Its precision cut makes it easy to replace damaged tiles. The modular tile format also allows for creating patterns in flooring. Luxury vinyl tile mimics the beauty of slate, marble, stone or wood, but offers the warmth and comfort of vinyl. Luxury vinyl tiles are also water resistant and perfect for high moisture rooms.

Vinyl planks are typically offered in four to six inch widths (sometimes wider), and are made to look like real hardwood floors.

The Backing

The backing of your vinyl flooring is another important factor to consider. In general, a thicker floor is a better floor. It will provide more comfort and longer wear, additional moisture and mildew resistance, and the resiliency for which vinyl is known.

They are often more stable than thinner materials and sound better when walking on them.

Design Options

Vinyl flooring offers hundreds of color and pattern options to suit any preference. Review inspiration images and the product catalog for the hottest vinyl trends. Add what you like to your myProSource Project Center.

Next, visit your local ProSource Showroom to view the options for every room in your home. And talk with our dedicated showroom staff about how you can take home samples of your favorite vinyl flooring styles today!

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