Understanding Viny Flooring

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The new trend in vinyl flooring has opened up so many decorating possibilities adding to its endurance, easy care and improving the floor’s appearance. The amazing benefits of vinyl is its added cushion providing less impact on heavy traffic areas, preventing scratches or damage from the rays of sunlight known to cause fading in most materials.  An additional improvement is its moisture resistance, helping to prevent mildew and mold in kitchens, laundry and bathrooms. To understand today’s improvement of vinyl flooring you need to know the manufacturing processes responsible for developing a better product with an increased flexibility extending its life cycle.  The secret ingredient is called plasticizer used to improve the floor’s characteristics, including its innovative pattern capability for replicating wood, tile or stone, creating high quality flooring used in both commercial and residential designs. Today, vinyl is available in sheets, tiles and planks with several options of top coat finishes.

As with all home designs, meeting with an experienced contractor is always recommended.  Buyers should be prepared to ask questions and understand the limitations or restrictions in selecting vinyl flooring that fits best your lifestyle and budget.

Design

The latest advancement in vinyl flooring technology is customized designs, making a distinction in the flooring market.  There are two types of flooring; printed and inlaid.  Printed floor patterns use a paper top place directly on a thin vinyl surface covered with layers of clear vinyl for a smooth and protective coating.  Technology brings a new perspective with 3D enhancements, basically taking an image and applying it the vinyl capturing real life details.  Inlaid vinyl is created by placing tiny vinyl granules on the backing and forcing them forward to the surface.  It creates a more textured appearance and the added thickness increases its endurance. Like most wall to wall flooring, decorative baseboards are used to finish the edges.

Installation

Depending on the area of installation, there are several vinyl flooring methods for installing the selected pattern and styles of vinyl planks, boards or even tiles. The most popular method is known as floating and vinyl can be glued to subflooring like concrete or existing wood floors.  The vinyl doesn’t really float it snaps together piece to piece very much like wooden floor planks or individual tiles.  Besides the appearance and ease of installation, benefits of vinyl are its costs and lower maintenance compared to real wood flooring.