Why Choose Vinyl?
From do-it-yourself projects to commercial flooring jobs, vinyl is often the best option for new flooring because of it ease of installation, durability, comfort, and spill resistance. In addition, it is one of the easiest floor coverings to clean and maintain, especially when using vinyl tiles. Vinyl is also a very budget-friendly, affordable flooring option when comparing to other types of flooring tiles such as hardwood, laminate, stone or ceramic.
Vinyl tiles are 12' x 12' squares of vinyl, or PVC, which come in two types, inlaid and printed. Printed is cheaper, but also less durable. Vinyl flooring comes in an unlimited array of patterns and colors, and is a convenient way to add design and style to your floor by varying the colors and patterns of the vinyl tiles as it is laid down.
Vinyl tiles usually come as peel and stick squares, and are very simple to install. Sheet vinyl comes in rolls, and is fused at the seams with heated seam tape when installed. It can be installed over wood or concrete, but care must be taken when installing to protect the under-layers and gluing from moisture. This can be accomplished with a layer of building paper to act as a moisture shield underneath the vinyl flooring.
Vinyl tile are especially great because, when installed correctly, they are relatively simple to replace if they get damaged. Vinyl is a durable, moisture resistant flooring, but it is possible to nick or scratch it especially if you move heavy objects over it. Also, it may fade in sunlight over a period of years, requiring some replacement tiles or sheeting to restore its appearance. To prevent loss of color, be sure to avoid cleaning products with a solvent base, which will dull the gloss and shine of the vinyl. Regular sweeping, and occasionally mopping with water is usually all that is needed to clean a vinyl floor. For heavily soiled floors, you may want to add to the water a mild detergent such as dish soap, or other floor cleaning product recommended by your flooring specialist.