The history of vinyl being used for flooring goes back to just after the end of World War 2 and by the early 1950’s, it went on to replace linoleum with its lower price, and water resistance. Vinyl’s advantages are many, with its affordable price, great protection and durability, all along with a broad selection of different patterns and designs.
Other things to consider are:
- Its great resistance to any types of dents and scratches
- Easy to clean
- Range of designs and choice of texture
- Wide selection of tiling or sheeting
- Most people nowadays when hearing the words “vinyl flooring”, will automatically think about linoleum, (or ‘Lino’ as it was called). But, modern vinyl flooring has come a long way since the days of lino.
- Modern vinyl flooring, provides an economical and highly adaptable home flooring option.
- Manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), you will often see it in people’s hallways, kitchens and bathrooms.
- The two main types of vinyl flooring tiles are the standard tiles and self-sticking type. If you are deciding on which type to use, you should be careful and take your time to compare the material options to find the most suitable tiles for the space in your home or office.
1 - Standard Vinyl Flooring Tiles
- Standard flooring tiles are made from thin, square tiles in different colours and patterns.
- This kind of tile is the cheapest type of vinyl flooring, but are not as easy to fit as others.
- If you are going to buy and fit these tiles, you must cover your floor with a special glue.
- The glue must be left in place until it begins to harden, and then you can place the tiles in the pattern you want.
- If you lack experience, this type of fitting can be messy and it might need some cleaning up.
2 - Self-Sticking Vinyl Floors
- Known as “self-sticking vinyl flooring tiles,” these are a much easier choice for the DIY home or office owner.
- These tiles are somewhat more expensive than the other type, but they are a lot easier to fit.
- Self-stick tiles already have glue on the back of every tile, and there's no need for any more glue.
- When it’s time to lay them down, you just peel off the backing paper, place them into position and push down on top.
The Third Choice - Flooring Planks
- Along with the other two mentioned above, there is also the flooring plank.
- This vinyl plank flooring is similar in length to traditional wood flooring, but made from the same material as the vinyl flooring tiles.
- Plank flooring displays a unique finish, which makes them much easier and cost friendly for generating a stone or wood-like finish.
- The planks also have channels down the edges so that the planks can be snugly placed together without the use of any glue.
With such a great choice, very soon your home will be looking just like you’ve always wanted!