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Vinyl is one of the most affordable, resilient flooring solutions available. And depending on the surface you choose, materials costs can be up to 70% less than other flooring materials. Easy installation, versatility, low maintenance and high durability make vinyl a popular flooring choice.
Easy, do-it-yourself installation can save you the expense of hiring a professional installer and further reduce your initial costs. Vinyl flooring can be installed as either sheet or tile:
Vinyl offers a variety of colors and patterns to match your decorating style. With proper surface preparation, it can be installed over any standard underlayment, concrete, old ceramic tile, wood or non-cushioned vinyl flooring. Stability and water resistance make vinyl a good choice for any room at, above or below grade level.
No-wax surfaces and easy cleanup are also advantages of vinyl flooring. Regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping are all you need to keep your floor looking bright and new. Spills are no problem, simply wipe them away with a damp cloth.
Aside from obvious color and pattern variations, the biggest difference between vinyl tiles is the surface coating, or wearlayer. Tiles are covered with one of three surface coatings to resist dirt, stains and scuff marks:
There are two types of vinyl flooring: inlaid and printed.
The backing is the final element of a vinyl floor, providing additional moisture and mildew resistance. Backing also provides the resilience that vinyl is noted for and determines the type of adhesive required for installation. In general, a thicker floor is a better floor.