Vinyl is among the most versatile of floor coverings. Resistant to stains and a breeze to clean, it’s a longtime favorite for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms or mudrooms and children’s playrooms. Vinyl has the durability to keep it looking great for years. It’s sometimes referred to as resilient because it naturally resists stains and provides the greatest quiet and comfort of any hard-surface floor.
Today’s vinyl comes in such an exciting rage of dramatic colors and subtle shades, designed with geometric shapes or impressionistic swirls, that it can provide the ultimate decorating solution for every room in your home, at a reasonable cost. Vinyl is more versatile than ever and can even look like stone, wood
or ceramic tile.
- Wearlayer Thickness
- Density of the wearlayer affects wear performance
- Generally, the thicker the wearlayer, the more resistant the floor will be against wear.
- Overall Thickness
- The thickness of the floor determines many of its performance characteristics
- Thicker resilient floors provide more indentation resistance, more cushioning and comfort underfoot, more noise dampening and more insulation.
- Wearlayer Type
- Urethane - offers the best performance to inhibit wear, stains, asphalt tracking and scuffing
- Vinyl - offers good performance against wear and staining
- Gloss – High or Low?
- The lower the gloss level, the more forgiving the floor will be to the daily wear of foot traffic
- For high activity areas, a floor with low to medium gloss is recommended.
- Warranties – compare these qualities in manufacturers’ warranties
- Ability to clean easily
- Discoloration from mold or mildew
- Gouge, rip, tear, indenting
- Wear out
- Scuffing, scratch resistance
- Warranty longevity
Six design elements to consider as you choose vinyl flooring
- Compatibility – Select a floor that coordinates with other objects in the room, like cabinets, countertops and fabrics.
- Color – Choose a color that you're comfortable living with and that complements the style of your room.
- Light Sources – Light affects how a floor looks. Consider the size of the windows and the direction they face, as well as the artificial lighting in the room.
- Atmosphere – To make a room appear light and airy, choose lighter colors. To make it feel warm and cozy, use darker tones.
- Pattern and Scale – Select a floor pattern with a scale that works with other patterns in the room, as well as the size of the room itself.
- Traffic Pattern – For high-traffic areas such as kitchens and entries, select the best quality floor you can afford to ensure it will meet the demands of your lifestyle.