If your desire for beauty is driven by budget and practicality, resilient vinyl flooring is the answer to your decorating prayers. You can get the look and durability you want at a price that won’t break the piggy bank.
Vinyl flooring, also known as resilient flooring because of its memory (ability to bounce back), was developed for lasting performance, to withstand heavy traffic and for easy maintenance (it is very easy to clean).
How’s your subfloor?
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the vinyl flooring, or a new subfloor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with us and, if subfloor work is necessary, that it be done by us. It is important that the subfloor be as clean and level as possible. That helps insure your new vinyl flooring will be beautiful and well supported.
What do I do after the Installation is done?
Don’t rely on furniture or appliance wheels and don’t drag your appliances back in place over your new floor! Lay down a piece of thin plywood and move the appliance over the floor on the wood, or use furniture sliders made specifically for this purpose. It will save you a lot of tears — as in the kind you cry.
Don’t mop your floor for about five days. The adhesives need time to cure.
Check the condition of all the casters or rollers on your furniture before setting them on your floor. Replace any worn ones.
Protect your vinyl floor by covering the legs of furniture with felt protectors.
What are the advantages of vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is good looking, affordable and versatile. It is appropriate to use vinyl anytime you want to cover more square footage at a more economical cost. It typically is available in large sheets. Therefore, a vinyl floor can be installed with few seams. Quality vinyl flooring is durable, is not affected by surface moisture (like hardwood flooring), is stain resistant, and can look good and last for decades. It is relatively easy to clean and maintain.
What are the disadvantages of vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring often uses water-soluble adhesives and is not recommended for areas that may be exposed to water for an extended period of time. Vinyl flooring can be ripped or gouged by sharp objects and if so, they cannot be fully repaired (sometimes the damage can be hidden or covered). Vinyl floors are not the ideal choice for areas that receive a lot of sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause their color to fade.
Where can vinyl flooring be installed?
Above, below, or on grade, vinyl flooring is suitable for any indoor setting. It is popularly used in bathrooms, basements and spaces that receive heavy foot traffic. You can install vinyl flooring over concrete, hardwood, or plywood. Installing vinyl flooring over existing vinyl is also an option, but we do not recommend doing so over two or more pre-existing layers. A smooth subfloor is necessary because any imperfections beneath the vinyl may show through.
What is the average lifetime of a vinyl floor?
The lifetime of vinyl flooring varies widely because differences in the quality of the product greatly impacts its longevity. Vinyl flooring generally lasts from five to 30 years. How well you care and maintain your floor will also impact how long it lasts.