Vinyl flooring is created from synthetic material. The base layer in sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles is normally made from fibreglass. It is then coated in PVC vinyl and plasticiser and then the resulting sheet is printed and embossed with a surface print layer. Over this, usually a minimum of one wear layer is applied.
The wear layer is the very top surface that provides its scratch resistant properties, its durability and stain resistant characteristics. It is usually a clear urethane based coating that maintains the original appearance of the floor and provides easy maintenance.
Not so long ago, a vinyl floor was easily distinguishable from a laminate floor. Loosely designed to look like ceramic tile, vinyl floors were usually produced as patterned printed sheets.
Modern laminate flooring can now look surprisingly like just about any material. You can purchase vinyl that looks like stone, ceramic, wood as well as many others. You can now also get vinyl that has 3D characteristics, imitating the grooves and dents commonly found in hardwood floor.
The price of vinyl is roughly comparable to that of laminate. Due to vinyl’s strong water resistant qualities, vinyl can be more beneficial if used in areas of a home where there is more moisture.
Having helped many customers install vinyl flooring in their homes, we can offer valuable advice and assistance with whatever vinyl flooring requirements you have in mind. Please do not hesitate to get in touch as we would be more than happy to help.