Vinyl Styles

From chairs you bought for the living room to the artwork displayed on your walls, your style is reflected throughout your home for all to see . Your style lives and expresses itself from room to room, indoors and outdoors. With that in mind, your style will also be communicated through your flooring.

Vinyl Flooring Types
Types of vinyl flooring

 

Typically found in the kitchen, bath or laundry room areas, vinyl has become an affordable and popular choice for flooring. Because the number of vinyl choices, patterns, colors, textures and price points can intimidate even the most experienced shopper, knowing the basic types can provide you with a firm foundation upon which to begin your vinyl flooring shopping journey.

 

Why Should I Consider Vinyl?

  • Advanced from the vinyl of yesterday
  • No more shiny floors that easily dent and rip
  • Broad selection of fashionable colors, patterns and textures
  • New products emulate the look of natural stone, slate or ceramic tile
  • New products can fit into any budget
  • Practical, functional and fashionable
  • For active households
  • Known to be cushiony and warm underfoot
  • Easier to remove than a grouted ceramic tile or natural stone floor
  • A potential time and money saver if and when replacement is due

 

Types of Vinyl Flooring

There are two general categories of vinyl flooring: plank and sheet.

Plank Vinyl Flooring

Plank vinyl flooring is usually 4-6 inches wide and 3-4 feet long. It often feels and looks closer to real hardwood flooring, while providing more durability than hardwood flooring. The disadvantage is it needs to be sealed to be waterproof.  

Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Sheet vinyl flooring comes in seamless 6-12 foot sheets and is commonly used in areas known to be exposed to water daily, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

 


What to Consider Before Choosing Either Type of Vinyl

There are many types and brands of vinyl out there. Here are a couple of pointers to help you choose the best vinyl to fit your home.

 

Grades and Layers

  • You get what you pay for
  • More expensive gets you more versatile patterns, colors and textures
  • Premium wear layers offer superior resistance to stains, scuffs and scratches
  • Premium wear layers are enhanced with aluminum oxide providing resistance to scratching
  • Better wear layers make it easy to clean
  • Better products = better performance

 


Size of The Pattern

  • Consider the size of the room and the size of the pattern
  • Lighter colors will make a smaller room appear larger
  • Darker colors will absorb the light for a more intimate setting
  • Smaller pattern works well in small areas or in rooms where the pattern will be visually interrupted with pieces of furniture
  • Larger patterns can sometimes actually visually expand a room

 


Other Considerations

  • Consider any printed fabric on your furniture or wallpaper in the room
  • If fabric or wallpaper is a large-scale print, use smaller patterns for the floor
  • Small-scale pattern in the fabric or wallpaper, use a larger pattern for the floor
  • Selection of gloss levels to suit your needs.
  • Lower the gloss level, the more forgiving your floor will be

 

 

Considering New Vinyl Flooring?

If you are considering putting vinyl flooring in your home or have further questions, please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you choose the best vinyl to fit the style of your home.

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