With over 40 years of experience as the most popular flooring in North America, it’s hard to deny that there are many advantages of vinyl flooring. Although there are many new flooring options now available to homeowners and decorators, vinyl flooring remains the number one choice, not only due to the cost but also the wide variety and way in which it is easily maintained. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a look at the numerous advantages that come with choosing vinyl flooring.
1) Vinyl Flooring Quality
Like anything you purchase, in terms of home renovation or otherwise, you’re going to get what you pay for. In that sense, there are many low-quality vinyl flooring products on the market, and since it is the least expensive flooring option in general, you have to be careful when looking for the flooring you want to purchase.
With that in mind, low end vinyl is going to be very thin, with a very shallow layer for wear placed over a vinyl or felt backing. The pattern on low quality vinyl is printed on with a rotary printer, while the top is a clear layer of vinyl. These pieces last less than ten years, and can be prone to breakage or tearing in high-traffic areas.
High-quality vinyl has the pattern and color permeating throughout the sheeting, and the wear layer is much thicker – which is why many good vinyl manufacturers will warranty their product for up to 30 years. This kind of vinyl flooring is an excellent dirt repellant, resists scuffing, and is heavier in general.
2) Vinyl Flooring Installation
Another advantage of vinyl flooring is that there are newer varieties of flooring that can be easily installed and replaced: vinyl-backed flooring can be secured onto the floor by only placing glue along the edges, and can be replaced by breaking the edge seals and ripping the floor out. Otherwise, peel and stick vinyl flooring tiles come pre-glued and ready to be placed down.
All you as a homeowner need to do is take the paper backing off, position your tile, and lay it down – no gluey mess, no hassle. The only major work in this process is ensuring that the surface you’re laying the tiles on is impeccably clean to ensure a tight fit. It’s also more manageable than purchasing large pieces of sheet vinyl, although sheets can be relatively hassle-free if using a template to fit the flooring down.
3) Vinyl Flooring Maintenance
The only thing that vinyl flooring typically needs is regular sweeping or mopping. Abrasives are not recommended on vinyl floors, since they’ll destroy the wear layer and leave marks – but otherwise, dirt and messes are easily cleaned with a broom, mop or rag. When sealed, the flooring is almost impervious to water and moisture – avoiding any future issues with mold and mildew under your floor!
4) Other Vinyl Flooring Advantages
With a near-infinite variety of colors and patterns to choose from, vinyl flooring has the advantage of being able to provide a functional, inexpensive floor that can conform to the theme or décor of whatever room you’re installing it in.
Your best choice is to go with one of the high quality – but fortunately, still low-cost – vinyl flooring options that last for at least 30 years. Since the manufacturing and disposal of vinyl is considered to be rather harmful for the environment, a choosing long-term vinyl is also the most environmentally friendly option.
Installing Vinyl Flooring
You need all the necessary tools and materials before starting the project. Sheet vinyls, adhesive, straight edge, utility knife, floor roller, trowel and tape measure are the necessary tools and materials when installing vinyl flooring. In order to purchase the necessary vinyl sheet for your room, you should measure the actual length and width of the room. In this way, you may estimate the necessary dimensions of the sheet vinyl.
Preparing the room is another important step of the process of installing vinyl flooring. The first step is removing the furniture, appliances or if it is the case, the toilet. The doors should be taken from their hinges and the floor should be removed with a pry bar. You may insert a small piece of wood behind the bar, in order to protect the wall and in order to provide leverage while prying the trim away. You should also remove the nails from the walls with the help of the pliers.
The floor surface preparation is another important stage in installing vinyl flooring. Concrete slab should be clean and dry, with no holes or cracks, so that the installation process would be simple and easy. The bumps of the concrete may be removed with special tools; small sledgehammer and masonry chisel.
If such problems characterize your concrete, then wearing safety glasses is necessary. If instead of concrete you have an old vinyl flooring, then you should inspect if it is in a good condition and no problems would interfere in case of laying over it a new vinyl flooring.
Rough texture and some possible imperfections of the old vinyl flooring can be solved with the help of a coat of embossing leveler. In this way, the surface will be smooth and perfect for the new flooring. In the case the old vinyl flooring is damaged, it should be removed, so that the new vinyl flooring would not be affected.
Underlayment may be necessary if the floor is uneven, buckled, embossed or cushioned. The new floor may have the imperfection of the old floor, be it the case of bumps or dips. The cover of the old floor might be covered with a new layer of plywood underlayment, in case the already mentioned methods are impractical. In this way, the process of installing vinyl flooring will lead to great results – no hindrances and no imperfections will appear later.
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