Vinyl flooring comes in sheets, tiles and planks. The evolution of vinyl, introduced to the residential market around 1940, has brought about a totally different look and feel from early products. Patterns and textures mimic traditional counterparts like stone, porcelain, and wood or go modern, boldly. Manufacturers have introduced vinyl flooring that meets new indoor health standards (no or low off gassing of volatile organic compounds), and is environmentally friendly. Easy to clean, regular vacuuming or sweeping, with the occasional wash with soapy water to remove stains, will keep the color and texture through the warranty period. Abrasive cleaners should not be used, and ammonia and bleach will strip the finish. Typically, vinyl flooring is used in kitchens and baths, but is ideal for mud & utility rooms, finished basements, playrooms, meeting rooms, commercial spaces, and even family and living rooms - using vinyl plank. Depending upon the type of vinyl flooring, the location, and the installation, you can do it yourself or hire a professional installer.
|Sheet vinyl is cost-effective and beautiful.|
|Vinyl tile mimics stone without the cost or care.|
Vinyl tile and plank: Sizes start at 6" squares and go to 24". The manufacturing is similar to sheet vinyl but the pieces come out harder and stiffer. They can be glued down or joined at the edges and 'floated' over the sub floor. Vinyl planks are embossed strips of 3 and 4 feet long, that have the appearance of wood plank. They do look and feel like wood for a fraction of the cost! Many commercial spaces use vinyl planks since they have significantly higher durability and ease of maintenance over a wood floor counterpart. Tiles range from $1.00 to $8.00 per square foot uninstalled.
|Gorgeous and durable vinyl plank floors.|
Woven vinyl is made when strands of fiberglass are
encapsulated in vinyl, and woven into soft, textured sheets. They are naturally springy due to the weave, and the patterns and resulting textures are gorgeous. The cost per square foot is $4.00 to $5.00 with installation being extra.