Vinyl Construction – The Process of Making Vinyl Floors

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Vinyl Construction – The Process of Making Vinyl Floors

While home consists of what’s under your roof, such as furnishings, family, and friends, don’t forget what’s under your feet.

Floor coverings have a huge influence on your home and home life. In this section, we explain how vinyl is made.

This information can be very beneficial because it enables you to understand the product’s core materials and evaluate its performance aspects: why certain vinyl floors wear better and longer.

Understanding how vinyl is manufactured can also make you a smarter and informed shopper, help you better determine the vinyl value and keep you inside the boundaries of your budget.

Rotogravure Construction: Take your imagination out for a spin

Vinyl construction by way of rotogravure printing

Rotogravure printing which a popular design in vinyl flooring manufacture

The manufacture of vinyl flooring relies on highly sophisticated techniques, complex methods, and precise systems.

The rotogravure printing process is the most popularly used method for making residential sheet vinyl floors.

It offers you limitless possibilities in pattern and design.

This process involves a print cylinder spinning around while the vinyl’s core layer known as the gel coat passes underneath.

The cylinder systematically prints different colored ink dyes to create the pattern.

After the print dyes are set, a clear wear-layer is applied to the surface.

The appearance retention of a rotogravure vinyl flooring is dependent on the durability of the clear wear-layer.

Wear-Layer: the “Make It or Break It” Area of Vinyl Flooring

The wear layer in vinyl flooring

The wear-layer in vinyl flooring.

The wear-layer is absolutely vital to the performance of your vinyl floor – key to its lasting potential.

The thickness of the wear-layer varies with each vinyl flooring collection, or series, and is generally measured in mils.

The thickness of a mil is about the same as a page in your telephone book.

So a 10-mil wear-layer would be comparable in thickness to about ten pages of your phone book.

Generally, more expensive vinyl floors have thicker wear-layers.

Your expectations for how long your vinyl floor will look new and fresh are determined by the wear-layer’s performance.

To help you comprehend wear-layer construction, we must define what the performance characteristics are that we are looking for in a vinyl floor.

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    These performance characteristics can be divided into these areas:

    • Easy to clean
    • Resists staining from normal domestic products
    • Stays looking like-new
    • Easy to clean up spills
    • Doesn’t show scratches easily

    The easy to clean characteristic directly relate to how tough it is to remove soiling and other marks from the floor’s surface.

    When a floor starts looking old and drab, it is usually due to the hundreds of fine hairline scratches in the wear-layer.

    These fine scratches come from grit, dirt, and sand on the wear-layer surface.

    However, there’s good news. The new generation of vinyl floorings has all the ingredients to resist showing wear and staining. Plus, all the style, beauty, and value to certainly put vinyl in the running as a possible flooring for your home.

    Vinyl/Resilient Advantages

    • In fact, no other floor covering category offers you the ease of maintenance, selection, styling, 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 wood grain patterns, real ceramic, and stone.

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    Vinyl/Resilient Advantages

    • 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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