When you begin shopping for a new floor for your home, you will quickly become aware that vinyl is a very solid option in most applications. A vinyl flooring installation, in both sheet and tile forms, is an extremely durable, attractive and affordable material for your home and life.
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is made of a type of plastic called polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a highly useful material used to produce everything from toys to home siding. The material makeup of vinyl flooring gives it a unique resiliency and allows it to “give” upon impact, where other flooring types may dent or crack, and also makes it more comfortable to walk on than other flooring types. These properties make vinyl flooring ideal for high-traffic areas of the home, particularly those with children and pets.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are two types of vinyl flooring: sheet flooring and tile flooring. Sheet flooring is naturally more resistant to liquids, since a sheet flooring installation has fewer seams, giving liquid less opportunity to penetrate to the adhesive layer. However, many homeowners choose vinyl tile flooring because of its more elegant appearance and ability to closely replicate the look of much more expensive and less durable flooring materials.
Although vinyl flooring ranks high in durability, the material doesn’t often stand up well to heavy loads. Its flexible nature can allow for permanent denting under heavy furniture or appliances. If such items are pushed or pulled across a vinyl floor, you can expect ruts or deformation to occur. Vinyl flooring may also be inappropriate for areas that are frequently wet, as puddles and moisture can seep into the seams and cause peeling. Extreme temperatures or direct sunlight can also cause fading of colors or eventual breakdown of the surface layer.
A particular consideration before installing vinyl flooring is smoothness and uniformity of the surface onto which the vinyl is installed. Any bumps or indentations of the substrate surface will eventually be visible through the vinyl.
For a professional look and maximum life expectancy out of your floor, choose an installer with the experience and skills to get it done right. My Affordable Floors is your best option for high-quality vinyl flooring installation in Milwaukeeand the surrounding areas.