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Vinyl FAQ's

What is vinyl flooring?

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). Vinyl flooring offers many options. It is available in sheets or in tiles. It can be made to resemble other materials like stone, ceramic tile or hardwood. It can be designed to present a variety of looks, including checkered, deco, retro, traditional, or upscale contemporary.

How is vinyl flooring made?

Vinyl floors are composed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and are made in layers (typically four). The bottom layer is the backing. It provides added strength. The thicker the backing is, the more durable the product is. The next layer is the printed design layer, which is covered by a protective wear layer to protect against impact damaging. The top layer is a sealed urethane layer to protect against surface damaging.

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.

Can sunlight fade the color of vinyl flooring?

Yes, all vinyl floors are likely to fade in the constant rays of direct sunlight. Closing your window blinds or drapes on sunny days will help protect your vinyl flooring.


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