Whether you are planning on laying vinyl flooring yourself or if you intend to hire a professional to do the job, there are a number of things that you will need to know before you get started.
Making the decision to use vinyl flooring is a popular one. Vinyl flooring is durable, resistant to water and stains, and more importantly affordable. Vinyl flooring comes in two different varieties: tile and sheet. Tiles come in two different sizes, either 9 x 9 inches or 12 x 12 inches. The sheet variety comes in either 6 foot or 12 foot sheets. While both tile and sheet options are popular, tiles tend to be easier for “do-it-yourself-ers” to work with and can be less expensive than sheet flooring.
Vinyl flooring is very easy to clean and also absorbs noise from foot traffic, so it is a popular option among homes with pets and/or children. It is also available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you will have plenty of options to match your home’s décor.
While vinyl flooring does have its advantages, some homeowners and professionals admit that vinyl flooring does have its disadvantages, too. Sharp objects and heavy loads do numbers on vinyl flooring; therefore items like high heeled shoes should not be worn on vinyl flooring.
Also, vinyl flooring tends to absorb light and can fade over time, so experts suggest not using vinyl flooring in rooms that will receive direct sunlight.
All vinyl flooring will come with a cushion back creating the actual thickness of the floor’s surface once it is installed. Experts suggest using thick cushioned vinyl flooring for rooms like the kitchen to create a semi-softer surface if items are dropped on it frequently.
One downside to thick cushioning, though, is its tendency to show dents more often. To counteract this, chose thick cushioned flooring that has a pattern or texture, so that dents will not be as visible.