Referred to as “resilient”, vinyl is much more than old sheet flooring. New technology has created hundreds of products that simulate the beauty of tile, wood and stone floors. Vinyl withstands the daily stresses that high traffic can put on a floor. It is also very easy to maintain, making it a popular choice for basements, laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
Just recently, Luxury Vinyl Tile, or LVT, that mimics wood, tile and stone looks is being used in basements as an alternative to carpet. This provides an attractive antimicrobial, water-resistant and easy-to-maintain surface.
There are many flooring options that use the extra durable vinyl foundation. You’ve likely seen it in your childhood classroom, local supermarkets and neighbor’s basements alike. While luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) are by far the category leaders, you can’t forget about the tried-and-true classics:
--Roll & Sheet Vinyl
This versatile and functional flooring is easy to clean and maintain. Although its price fluctuates with the cost of oil, it is generally very affordable. Roll and sheet goods come in 6’ or 12’ widths and in many colors and designs.
--Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT)
Vinyl composite tile (VCT) is a combination of limestone particles and vinyl. It is most often used in commercial and institutional flooring projects; school classrooms and hospital hallways. Very rigid in its core, it is an extremely durable flooring option to use.
This type of flooring is beautiful, durable and affordable. Vinyl floorings, realistic of ceramic or natural stone is complemented by its long lasting resilience. This type of flooring is great to use in high-traffic areas where durability and ease of maintenance are an important addition to your home. Vinyl flooring is available in sheets either 6' or 12' wide or in tile format. Depending on the room size and the look you want to achieve, either style may be appropriate for your needs. Since vinyl flooring is glued directly to the sub-floor, it is imperative that the sub-floor is in great condition. It is difficult to hide sub-floor imperfections with vinyl flooring.