Advances in material strength and high-quality printing have made vinyl a very appealing alternative to traditional flooring options. Most people are surprised by the quality of designs, colors, quality that vinyl flooring has to offer. Here is what you should know about vinyl tiles, planks, and sheets:
Vinyl tiles are considered one of the best values in flooring due to the variety of styles, colors, and designs available. Some forms of vinyl can be nearly indistinguishable to hardwood or stone flooring by the naked eye. For tile use, more designs mimic marble and granite rather than wood. Vinyl material is backed by a small layer of felt or foam. This makes it much softer and forgiving than other flooring materials such as hardwood or stone tile. As far as durability, vinyl is a tough and incredibly durable material that is dirt and water resistant. It is estimated that vinyl floors can last you a minimum of 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Installation is also very quick. In many cases vinyl tiles can be placed directly over the existing flooring.
Vinyl planks are essentially the same as vinyl tile. The only difference is that vinyl planks are cut differently and allow for many design options. Since planks are larger and more rectangular than tiles, printed designs like wood can be used to give a room a nearly authentic hardwood floor look and feel. Just like other forms of vinyl flooring, installing planks is a relatively quick task as they adhere to most existing flooring surfaces.
Sheet vinyl is a large cut of vinyl material that typically around 12 feet long and has nearly endless design options. From granite tile to cherry wood, it can be printed with incredible quality and installed in a matter of days. Vinyl sheets are made of tough, scratch-proof material and repel dirt and water. This allows the maintenance to be a breeze. Vinyl is allows you to get the high-quality look of stone or wood at a fraction of the price.