Vinyl flooring – an overview
At Floorsmart, we’ve not only witnessed the evolution of various floor types over the last few decades, we’ve watched certain floors soar in popularity because they’ve met the needs of ever-more discerning consumers. One such trend we’ve witnessed is the rise and rise of the vinyl floor, and the consequent demand for vinyl flooring in Ladysmith.
Vinyl floors are popular throughout the home, but especially in the bathroom and kitchen. As an artificial relative of linoleum, vinyl flooring in Ladysmith has gained traction as a go-to underfoot option due to being:
- Great value for money
- Humid climate-compatible
- Durable, given the cost
- Stain resistant, and
- Water resistant.
One of the cherries on the top that those searching for vinyl flooring in Ladysmith have found, is how attractive the modern incarnations of this floor covering is. Gone are the days when affordable meant ‘basic’ or pleasing on the eye. When homeowners have come in for a consultation with us at Floorsmart, they are often pleasantly shocked at the array of decor-enhancing vinyl flooring options we stock or can have delivered.
Vinyl flooring – two options
When consulting on vinyl flooring in Ladysmith, we always advise that there are two options:
- Vinyl sheeting – big sheets are laid down. Installation is easier than in option two, and also has a higher level of water-resistance.
- Vinyl tile – if you’re in the market for vinyl flooring in Ladysmith and have the budget, consider this option. It costs a little bit more than the sheets, but mimics the look of a tile more closely.
Vinyl tiles – a closer look
At Floorsmart, we are transparent about what each flooring option is like, and expertly qualified to assist. We want to make sure our consumers have a realistic expectation of what they are purchasing. Your home is your sanctuary – and you have to be happy with it. You also need to know what the exact ambit of your investment is, and how long it will last.
There are two kinds of vinyl tile. ‘Rotogravure’ vinyl tile floors cost less than inlaid floors. One issue to be aware of here down the line is that after being exposed to prolonged foot traffic and wear and tear, the top coating of vinyl can wear thin, exposing the layers below. That’s because the tiles have a wafer-like coating of vinyl on top. This is then coloured with paint, also vinyl. Finally, a protective coat in the form of an upper layer of coverage is placed on top.
To make inlay vinyl tile, many layers of the same colour of vinyl are fused together. Unlike with rotogravure tiles, the colour integrity is therefore maintained all the way through to the back. This has the obvious advantage that even when the top layer wears away slightly, the layers exposed underneath have the same colour.
Where are vinyl floors of most practicality?
Due to their durability, vinyl floors are often installed in offices or other commercial spaces where high foot traffic is the norm. It provides a static-free, neat floor space option that works out well cost-wise, given the expense of floor fittings for big spaces.
In the home, it is just as desirable. Being static-less, it won’t attract pet hair and is easy to clean. And, it won’t break the budget. There is no need to fear how it will hold up in humid conditions, and you don’t need to opt for something else in the kitchen or bathroom.
We’ve seen the demand for vinyl flooring in Ladysmith escalate especially in the case of remodels. More and more, they are being used as a go-to to replace existing underfoot coverings such as carpet.
Vinyl flooring installation – here’s what you need to know
Ever heard the ominous saying, what lies beneath? In the case of installing your vinyl flooring in Ladysmith, that would be accurate, because it all comes down to what is already there.
The surface below has to be smooth and even. Given the nature of what you’re fitting on top, any lumps and bumps will be bound to protrude. This will simply detract from the appeal of the finished look. The same is true of dips and indentations. Concrete or plywood that has been evenly sanded usually make for the best sub-surfaces below vinyl. Plywood will give you a better feel underneath though, and will also be warmer. The concrete is fine but it must be smooth.
The second critical thing to note is that it is not desirable to have more than two layers of vinyl on top of each other. So, when opting for vinyl flooring in Ladysmith, don’t put one layer of vinyl on top of another – to be followed by yet another. The majority of manufacturers don’t recommend laying new vinyl on more than one layer, and won’t give quality guarantees to this effect.
Remember too that the quality will be impeded from another point of view: The patterns, colours and textures of the vinyl below will eventually show through the layer above, as the top layer wears thin.
Vinyl may seem easy to install but having done this for decades, we prefer doing the installation ourselves as we can troubleshoot pitfalls, being so intimately acquainted with the material. DIY kits are available if you feel up to the task of installing your vinyl flooring in Ladysmith yourself. However, we are also happy to recommend other professionals to ensure your get that glossy home decor magazine look and finish.
To maintain your functional, fractionally-priced vinyl, keep it free from sharp objects. Also, shield it from harsh, excessive sunlight. Remember that this kind of environmental exposure will fade your new-look floor. Also, don’t use it on an outside area such as a patio or deck. Wipe up spills as soon as you can even though your floor is water-resistant. As with any floor, the better you look after your vinyl flooring in Ladysmith, the better it will age and give you a return on investment.