Vinyl flooring isn’t just for mudrooms and kitchens anymore. Because of cutting edge innovations from brands like Metrofloor and revolutionized good looks from Urbanfloor, synthetic flooring is becoming an affordable, durable and versatile choice for contractors and homeowners alike.
But how do you know if it’s the right choice for your home or project? What sets it apart from engineered hardwood or laminate flooring? E Hardwoods & Flooring is here to help you make the best decision for your home and wallet and ensure your satisfaction with your next renovation.
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Vinyl flooring, as its name implies, is flooring that is entirely synthetic (manmade). The hardier types contain a rigid core, which is then coated in PVC vinyl and a plasticizer and printed overtop with the desired pattern. Finally, more layers of clear substance are applied to increase the durability and longevity of the product.
Luxury vinyl plank and tile, such as the kinds sold by Mannington flooring, tend to boast a thicker PVC core than standard vinyl flooring. This means that they’re tougher, last for longer, and are much less likely to sustain lasting damage from physical impact or scrapes. For more information on what puts the “luxury” in luxury vinyl flooring, check out our waterproof flooring blog that further details the differences.
In contrast to vinyl flooring, laminate, despite the synthetic sound of its name, tends to be mostly wood; hardwood is composed entirely of wood. To learn more about the functional differences between these two flooring types, conslt this article from The Spruce, a trusted provider of home-improvement resources.
Luxury vinyl flooring is a great choice for a variety of households—namely, those that don’t have much time to deal with maintenance, are on a limited budget, and want a luxurious look without a high cost.
Due to its synthetic nature, vinyl flooring is completely waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Simply wipe up accidents; there’s no need for harsh, chemical-laden cleaners. SImilarly, provided you get to them in a relatively small length of time, stains are practically a nonissue with vinyl flooring, thanks to its lack of porosity. However, as with any flooring, there is an exception. Our blog on waterproof flooring discusses everything that you’ll need to know about this exception to embrace your vinyl flooring’s potential.
Because vinyl flooring is completely man-made, it tends to be cheaper up-front than hardwood flooring and laminate, which require an investment in wood to make. While all of these flooring types can be affordable over the long-term, the upfront investments required for partially wooden floors is often higher. For families who aren’t in the financial position to cover this cost, vinyl flooring provides a durable and almost identical-looking alternative.
Gone are the days in which vinyl tile flooring had to look manmade. Nowadays many companies work hard to capture the high-end look and feel of hardwood in durable, easy-to-install vinyl flooring. We love Urban Floor vinyl for its highly realistic wood-look overlay, and Casabella vinyl for its unique, affordable vinyl takes on some seriously upscale flooring types. No matter what style your home is—marvelously modern to rustic chic—there’s a vinyl flooring type that can add a luxurious touch to your decor, wowing anyone who sets foot upon it.
DIY flooring is never a feat that one should undertake lightly, as we cover in our blog on the topic—but vinyl flooring is often one of the easiest types to install and one of the most beginner-friendly options out there. It’s frequently glued down on the subfloor with adhesive, making laying it a relatively simple process; provided you do your prepwork right and your subfloor is level, installing your new waterproof flooring should be smooth sailing.
If you have chosen to invest in vinyl for your next project, consider buying from E Hardwoods & Flooring. We are your one-stop shop for top luxury vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring brands.
Peruse our extensive online stock of waterproof vinyl flooring, and do feel free to contact us if you have questions. We’re glad to help you make your next flooring decision!