The first thing you must definitely know about today’s vinyl flooring is that it is NOT the vinyl of the 70s. Forget the roll-up, plastic looking vinyl. Today’s vinyl has evolved in leaps and bounds, and it almost looks and feels the same as a parquet floor. So you get the look of wood, but the ease of vinyl – the best of both worlds, right?
Vinyl is indeed one of those cleverly conceived products with strong technical properties that you simply tend to love as soon as you start learning about it. One of the most important advantages of this type of floor is that it is 100% waterproof, and it is so easy to clean and maintain, therefore making it hygienic and an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms, play areas and spaces that are prone to humidity. Moreover, due to its technical properties, it is an extremely stable floor, since it does not expand or shrink, and it is shock-resistant. The top wear layer makes it also very resistant to scratches.
Since a floor is one of the things which you install once and needs to withstand the test of time, there are some important things you must know and some factors to consider and compare before you make your final choice:
– Not all vinyl floors are created equal
The construction of the planks and the backing systems may vary, some have residential warranty while others also have commercial warranty making them suitable for intensive use and heavy footfall.
– Is the vinyl you are considering waterproof or water resistant?
Is the plank waterproof or water resistant? Is it UV stabilised to prevent fading? Does the plank have a built-in mold and mildew inhibitor? if you are considering vinyl flooring for a kitchen or bathroom, you need to ensure the floor you are getting is 100% waterproof and not only water-resistant.
– Vinyl comes in various colours and finishes
You might prefer to go for a smooth top finish for a pure, sleek look, usually preferred for a more modern interior (this finish also gives more flexibility to choosing furniture styles and colours, as it is a more neutral option), or a textured finish with visible wood knots and cracks for a more rustic look (this fits perfectly in houses of character or farmhouse style properties to achieve an authentic, more realistic wooden look). No matter the colour or finish, your mind is always at rest that our vinyl is 100% waterproof.
– Compare thicknesses and wear layer as a relative concept of durability.
Basic entry levels usually start at around 2mm, going up to 6mm. Another important aspect to consider and enquire about is the top wear layer composition of the product, as this also determines the overall resistance to knocks and scratches and the general durability.
– Is the product properly tested and certified to proper standards?
A reputable brand develops its product through extensive research and technology, invests in intensive testing and certifies its products accordingly. Backed by genuine guarantees, you can put your mind at rest that you are getting a superior product.
– How is the vinyl you are considering installed?
Vinyl planks can be installed in 2 ways – glued down with an adhesive or with a click system (no glue). The installation method usually affects the overall cost, but it also has a bearing on other factors. A click system allows for the floor to be replaced more easily (or re-used in another room or property) should you move house. The installation is a very important point because this affects the quality of the floor and how satisfied you are with it in the long run. You could have the nicest looking floor, but if it’s not properly installed, it will lead to problems. Always make sure you are getting genuine information about the way the particular product should be installed backed by supplier’s recommendations. This way you will ensure you get the best solution for your room/s, and you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.
– Compare like with like
Prices vary, depending on the thickness, the build and the features of the plank. Ensure you are comparing apples with apples, considering also the installation method and the after-sales service.
In a nutshell, there is no such thing as one type of vinyl suitable to meet everyone’s needs and space and that is why we cater for various types. Our priority is to discuss at length with every client to ensure that one is aware of the different products available, their specifications and what he is paying for. This way, one can rest assured that the right product is installed and that it is just right for one’s needs.