Vinyl Resilient/LVP Choices
Vinyl flooring options
Your style is reflected throughout your home for all to see; in the chairs you bought for the living room and in the artwork displayed on your walls.
Your style lives and expresses itself from room to room, indoors and out.
It goes without saying then that your unique style will also be communicated through your flooring.
To help you find your style of vinyl, we’ve created these pages.
Because the number of vinyl choices, textures, patterns, colors, and price points can intimidate even the most experienced shopper.
Knowing the basic types can offer a firm foundation upon which to begin your vinyl flooring shopping journey. Vinyl flooring is available in two basic types: sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles/planks. Sheet vinyl rolls are typically 6′ or 12 ‘ in width. Luxury vinyl tiles and planks are rapidly increasing in popularity. These can be glued down or the individual tiles/planks are joined at the edges to float over the subfloor.
When it comes to Improvements, Vinyl is Never Final
Today’s vinyl flooring has significantly improved from that of yesterday.
Long gone are the shiny, plastic-like floors that easily dented and ripped.
Now there is a broad selection of fashionable patterns, colors, and textures that offer durability and easy maintenance.
Many of these stylish new vinyl products emulate the look of slate or ceramic tile, natural stone, and can fit into any budget.
Traditionally, vinyl flooring has been found in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room areas.
It is common now to find luxury vinyl tiles/planks throughout the house.
This is because vinyl is a functional, practical, and fashionable option for active households.
Vinyl is also known to be cushiony and warm underfoot compared to natural stone or ceramic tile.
Now, thanks to innovations in design and performance, vinyl flooring is at home in any room in your home. So factor that into your flooring project.
Are You Replacing the Floors Tomorrow? Use Vinyl Today!
If you are thinking of replacing your flooring in the future, keep vinyl in mind.
Vinyl floors are much easier to remove than a grouted ceramic tile or natural stone floor.
This could actually save you time and money in the long run if and when replacement is a possibility.
What You Should Know About Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks
Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are available in flexible or rigid styles. All share water-resistant characteristics. The flexible tiles and planks are often used in commercial settings because they are easily replaceable if damaged.
Rigid luxury vinyl tiles/planks can have stone polymer composite (SPC) rigid cores or wood polymer composite (WPC) rigid cores. SPC is more durable and WPC is somewhat softer and warmer underfoot.
In terms of product selection alone, many versatile colors, patterns, and textures are available to you.
When shopping for performance, today’s LVP and LVT offer superior resistance to stains, scuffs, scratches and water damage. That’s worth noting if you live in an active household with kids or pets.
More importantly, cleaning these products is a breeze.
Size Dictates the Sheet Vinyl Pattern
Vinyl patterns and sizes affect the overall appearance of your room
When selecting a sheet vinyl pattern, you should consider the size of the room and the size of the pattern.
The decorating rule of thumb still applies to vinyl flooring in relation to room size and color.
Lighter flooring colors will make a smaller room appear larger, while darker colors absorb the light creating a more intimate setting.
When working with vinyl flooring pattern sizes, a smaller pattern works well in smaller areas or in rooms where the pattern will be visually interrupted with pieces of furniture or a kitchen island.
However, remember that larger flooring patterns can sometimes actually visually expand a room.
Keep Fabric and Wallpaper in Mind
When considering vinyl flooring styles, you’ll also want to consider any printed fabric on your furniture or wallpaper in the room.
If the fabric or wallpaper is a large-scale print, you’ll want to look at smaller patterns for the floor.
Conversely, if you have a small-scale pattern in the fabric or wallpaper, you’ll want a larger pattern for the floor.
Don’t Be at a Loss About Gloss
Vinyl flooring products come in a selection of gloss levels to suit your needs.
Generally speaking, the lower the gloss level, the more forgiving your floor will be to the daily wear of foot traffic. Choose your gloss level accordingly.
- In fact, no other floor covering category offers you the selection, styling, ease of maintenance, and value as a vinyl floor!
- Thanks to some great advances in styling and technology, vinyl floors have been changed forever.
- Vinyl flooring can now realistically mimic the look and textures of real ceramic, stone and wood grain patterns
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