Vinyl FAQ


About Vinyl

The durability, practicality, and value of vinyl flooring has made it a popular choice in a
variety of residential and commercial installations. However there is a basic question
that you will have to answer when choosing this material for your own job. Do you want
the vinyl in sheet, or in tile form?

Each option has its inherent advantages and disadvantages making either appropriate
for different locations. The decision you make should be based on the type of
environment it will be installed in, the level of traffic it will have to endure, and the kinds
of hazards and staining agents that it will be exposed to.

Characteristics of Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Impermeable to Moisture: Probably the biggest advantage of sheet vinyl over tile is
the fact that it can usually be installed in just one or two solid, unbroken pieces. That
means that you do not have seams running between individual pieces. Seams are like
vulnerable chinks in the defensive surface of your floor, through which small particles of
water can seep to do unspeakable damage to your subfloor. With sheet vinyl you just
have to make sure that the material is secure at the edges of the room, and that any
overlapping pieces are sealed and bonded using adhesive and heat.

Design Options: With individual tiles you have to try and create a composite design
across your floor. In some cases you will be able to effect a mosaic pattern.

That is not so with sheet vinyl flooring. In sheet form printed vinyl can be inscribed with
almost any pattern, color, or image that you desire. This is printed right into the surface
layer of the floor covering, and is then installed directly into the room without having to
worry about assembly. With solid and composite vinyl tiles you will have fewer specific
print options, but will be able to create large, unbroken patterns of random color across
the entire installation.

Characteristics of Tile Vinyl Flooring

Replaceable: If a sheet vinyl floor is severely damaged with a scratch or a stain your
only option is to either replace the entire floor, or remove the affected area and replace
it with a patch. This patch will have seams that will make the floor water permeable, and
which will disrupt the unbroken pattern of the colors in the vinyl.

Cleaning a Vinyl Floor

With tile vinyl floors, when an area on the surface gets damaged you can simply remove
and replace the tiles. Removing vinyl tile is a matter of heating the adhesive beneath it,
and then pulling the tile up and scraping away the bonding agent below. From there you
can replace the tile with another for a repair job that will be completely integrated into
the rest of the floor.

Patterns and Design Options: While sheet vinyl allows creativeness with different
printing styles, tiles allow you to be the creative one. That is because individual pieces
can be mixed to create elaborately colored designs which will match and contrast
across the entire surface of the floor.

With Vinyl tile you also have the option of cutting individual pieces down into other
shapes and sizes. With a square piece you can easily measure out consistent
rectangles, or even triangles, to get really creative with the flooring installation process.

Realism: One of the main reasons why people purchase vinyl flooring is the fact that it
can be printed to look like a variety of natural floor surface coverings, including
hardwood, natural stone, and ceramic. While sheet vinyl can be printed with these same
colors, when you purchase individual tiles you have the option of having grout installed
in between the pieces. This will not only give you a more authentic dimensional hard tile
look, but it will also make the application feel more real underfoot.


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