Useful Information Before Installing Vinyl Flooring

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Useful Information Before Installing Vinyl Flooring

A collection of various vinyl floorings

A variety of vinyl styles that you can choose from

If you’re a smart vinyl shopper, you’ve probably checked out the other sections on vinyl and may be getting close to buying this popular and versatile flooring product.

You may have learned that the vinyl flooring of yesterday is long gone and fresher, better performing vinyl flooring is underfoot today.

In this section, we’ll introduce you to product insights, construction points, performance considerations, and installation tips about vinyl flooring you should be aware of before you buy.

We’ll also provide a list of possible additional costs you should keep in mind; costs that go beyond the basic price per square foot.

Today’s vinyl flooring offers wall-to-wall benefits

The vinyl offered today is significantly different than the vinyl of yesterday.

Advances in construction and aesthetics have led to the production of fashionable products that are both durable and affordable.

You should know that many of the popular patterns today are inspired by nature, including those that mimic the exquisite look of natural stone and hardwood.

With an abundance of patterns and new techniques of texturing the surface, very realistic vinyl looks have been achieved.

Vinyl Flooring Brings to Mind the Layer Cake

Vinyl is constructed of several diverse layers: the wear layer, an inner core consisting of a foam, the printed or decorative layer, and a vinyl layer, and a backing.

Don’t Automatically Pick Thick

When selecting your vinyl flooring, thicker is not always the best pick.

It’s the density of the inner core that helps your floor resist tears, gouges, rips, and indentations.

Above all, Concentrate on the Top Layer

Understand that the quality of the wear layer, which is the actual surface layer of the floor, will determine how your floor will stand up to scuffing, staining, and scratching.

For example, a urethane wear-layer will help with stain resistance.

We recommend you consult with us about the wear-layer that’s right for your home and lifestyle.

Study and Know Local Traffic Patterns

When selecting the best vinyl for the rooms in your home, consider the types of activities that will take place and the room’s foot traffic.

Ask us to review with you the manufacturer’s warranty and performance characteristics of the specific products that you are considering.

Installation of vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring installation process

Here’s the Line on Seams

Because sheet vinyl comes in 6’ and 12’ widths, seaming may be needed depending on the area to be covered.

Certain patterns will hide seams better. For example, tile patterns with grout lines are better able to mask seams.

Additionally, seam sealers may be visible in contrast with various vinyl textures and finishes.

Be aware that it is your responsibility to maintain caulking in heavy water-use areas.

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    Get on Top of the Bottom Line. Know the Entire Cost of Ownership

    The “cost per square foot” of your vinyl flooring is just one component of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no ugly surprises, and the vinyl you select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the overall cost of your floor covering project.

    Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur:

    • Furniture removal/replacement.
    • Demolition/disposal of the old floor covering. Depends on the existing floor covering, this can be a costly item; also, be sure to include the cost to dispose of the old floor covering.
    • Subfloor preparation. Depends on the condition of the subfloor, it may necessitate additional work.
    • Product delivery.
    • Vinyl installation. Determine the cost per square foot to install it.
    • Materials needed to complete the installation. Your new vinyl floor may require additional materials to install it properly.

    Vinyl is one of America’s favorite floors due to its unbeatable offering of design choices, durability, and value. With the added knowledge from this section, we hope we’ve made it a popular possibility for your home.

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