Ask the experts: What is vinyl flooring?

Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a low-maintenance, budget-friendly option for anyone wanting to capitalize on look and feel while cutting down on installation time and renovation costs. Whether you’re a homeowner remodeling a private residence, or a contractor building out a new commercial property: vinyl’s versatility and its wide selection of available styles and features means you can get creative with your next project.

What is Vinyl Flooring?

So, what is vinyl flooring? Invented in 1933, vinyl flooring—also referred to as luxury vinyl—is a product comprised of several layers of synthetic plastics sandwiched together to form one high-tech, resilient flooring material. These layers create a degree of durability that makes vinyl an ideal product for high-traffic areas.

The composition of basic vinyl flooring:

  • Layer One : a core layer that, depending on the desired outcome, will provide either flexibility or rigidity to the final product.
  • Layer Two: a design layer that can mimic wood, stone, tile, and other materials to give a distinct look and feel.
  • Layer Three: a surface/wear layer that protects the vinyl from damage.

These layers work together to create an incredibly adaptable flooring product. Other types of vinyl flooring feature additional layers to help with everything from noise control to water resistance, to underfoot comfort and feel. Others include texture to realistically mimic other, less resistant materials.

With vinyl, you can have the beautiful wood or stone floor of your dreams at half the price and none of the upkeep. You can also choose between planks, tile, and sheets to make installation in any room a breeze.

What is Vinyl Plank Flooring? What is Vinyl Plank Flooring Used For?

If you are in the market for a product that mimics hardwood, look no further than vinyl plank flooring. Sold in planks like real wood, these pieces oftentimes come with a tongue-and-groove style edge and can be easily installed over existing surfaces including concrete, tile, wood, and old vinyl.

At Calvetta Brothers, we carry several varieties of vinyl plank flooring with different colors, grains, and textures to give the unique appearance of different types of wood. Whether you’re looking for something simple and modern, or something warm and rustic, there is a vinyl plank product for you.

What is Vinyl Tile Flooring? What is Vinyl Tile Flooring Used For?

If you’re thinking about remodeling a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, you may want to consider luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring. These square tiles are often designed to resemble stone, and come in a host of sizes, colors, and patterns. Grout can even be used in between tiles to enhance the look and feel of real stone or ceramic.

LVT flooring is a great option for tight spaces since the tiles themselves are available in smaller dimensions than sheet and plank vinyl. They are also water-resistant and can be easily trimmed, making them an excellent choice for around tricky fixtures like toilets, bathtubs, and pedestal sinks.

What is Vinyl Sheet Flooring? What is Vinyl Sheet Flooring Used For?

Vinyl sheet flooring is packaged in rolls anywhere from 6 feet to 12 feet wide and is ideal for large, open spaces. Sheet flooring goes down in fewer pieces and significantly reduces the amount of seams that need to be aligned. If you’re redoing a commercial space, a basement, or even a garage, sheet flooring may be the right choice.

Just like vinyl tiles and planks, vinyl sheets come in a huge variety of styles, colors, textures, and sizes. It is water-resistant, easy to install, and incredibly cost-effective. You can even lay it down over your subfloor without adhesive for easy removal.

How Do You Install Vinyl Flooring?

One of the greatest advantages of high-quality vinyl flooring is how easy it is to install. Any room in your home can have a brand-new floor in less than a day thanks to the innovative interlocking edges on both vinyl planks and tiles. Vinyl is also easy to cut, requires no bonding to the subfloor, and can be adjusted to fit any shape room.

Sheet vinyl can be installed just as easily. All you have to do is measure, roll, cut. That's it. If you're unsure; however, you can always hire a professional to install your luxury vinyl floors for you.

Not sure what to get? Ask the Experts.

When you consider everything, it is hard to pinpoint any disadvantages to vinyl flooring. It’s durable, versatile, affordable, and beautiful. If you still aren’t sure if vinyl is right for your next project, or maybe you just aren’t sure which style to go with: we are here to help.

Our experts have been providing Cleveland, Ohio with superior flooring consultation and installation for over 20 years. If you have flooring questions, we have answers.