How to Choose, Install and Maintain Your Vinyl Floor

Vinyl flooring is an affordable and durable way to mimic more expensive flooring materials and styles like wood, marble, or porcelain.

Available in plank, sheet, or tile, advances in vinyl design have resulted in a multitude of color options, embossed surfaces, and natural effects.

"Vinyl flooring is a great, cost-effective way to add color, design, and character to an environment without compromising safety or quality," says David Snazel, Carpetright's hard floor buyer.

"In recent years, there have been many developments in design and styles that mean that the effects that vinyl can create, such as tile or wood, are incredibly realistic."

Why You Should Choose Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is exceptionally durable, making it a very popular choice for high-traffic areas, bathrooms, and kitchens.

"It is a great option for busy families with children, as it is very durable, moisture-proof, and slip-resistant, but it is softer and warmer underfoot than laminate," explains David.

When choosing a vinyl floor, it is important to consider the quality of the design and the details.

To ensure that it effectively replicates elements in wood, stone, or porcelain, consider the knot and grain pattern, the color and gloss of the finish, and the reproduction of natural imperfections such as cracks and grain.

Vinyl sheets, sheets, and tiles: what's the difference?

Laminate vinyl flooring is the most economical option due to its relative ease of installation. Available in a wide range of designs, laminated vinyl covers most floors in one piece, with very few seams.

The smooth surface is waterproof and comfortable for walking. Care must be taken when placing the vinyl sheet as the wrong cut cannot be undone.

Also, breaks or damage cannot be perfectly repaired.

Vinyl plank flooring is most often designed to look like real wood or stone; more expensive options often have textured, slip-resistant finishes and beveled edges.

Vinyl planks are attractive and resistant to wear and can be used in areas not recommended for wood and, with the right glue, underfloor heating.

Vinyl is softer than stone and ceramic, making it more comfortable on your feet and more tolerant of anything that falls on it.

Vinyl tiles are very similar to laminated vinyl, except for size. The tiles will arrive individually cut, invariably installed with adhesive or occasionally with a removable liner.

Vinyl tiles are very light and easy to work with; Usually, no more than a knife is needed to cut them, and the self-adhesive vinyl tiles make installation especially easy.

How to install vinyl flooring

Vinyl floors need to be laid on a clean, flat surface, so you may need to allow subfloor preparation, which will cost more and take longer.

This is not a step to be overlooked, as the quality of the screed will affect the appearance and longevity of your vinyl floor.

'Whenever possible, it is best to have a professional measurement and adjustment floor as it will ensure that all measurements are accurate.

Any mistakes made are likely to incur additional costs, which can negate any savings you might have made by selecting affordable vinyl, ”says David.

How to clean vinyl floors

This is relatively easy, as vinyl is made to be durable and resistant to heat and moisture, so it is generally easy to clean.

David says: 'Warm water and mild soap are usually sufficient to remove stains, but baking soda can also be used on stubborn stains.

Loose debris, dust, and dirt can be removed regularly with a soft vacuum cleaner or soft brush. '

We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to install vinyl flooring:

Source: Fix This Build That

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