Types of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is a plastic material sold in the form of either sheets or tiles.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring generally comes on 2, 3 & 4 meter rolls and provides a seamless look. It is totally impervious to damage from water as there are no joins.
Vinyl tile is most commonly available in 12-by-12-inch squares with an adhesive backing. Vinyl tile floors look different from sheet floors as they have more lines and seams. The regular pattern of lines in a vinyl tile floor is an important part of its design.
Inlay and Rotogravure printing are the two manufacturing techniques used to produce vinyl flooring. Inlay vinyl is considered the premium option as the pattern goes all the way through to the backing of the vinyl creating a design of substantial visual depth. Rotogravure vinyl involves the pattern being printed on to a coated mineral felt backing and a wear layer is added.
Whether you decide upon vinyl sheet or vinyl tile you will want your vinyl floor to remains durable for years to come. As a general rule the thicker the vinyl the better the quality. Good quality vinyl has a very durable wear layer or finish that holds up to foot traffic, can help repel dirt and prevent staining.
There are three types of finishes commonly used:
Vinyl No-Wax – This is the most cost-effective option. Stain-resistant and easy to clean, it stays shiny so there is no need to polish or buff.
Urethane – Urethane finishes are easy to clean and more resistant to scuffs and stains than no-wax finishes. They keep their original appearance for longer and stays shiny without the need for polishing or buffing.
Enhanced Urethane - Outperforms vinyl no-wax and regular urethane finishes. Resists scuffs, scratches and household stains better; longer-lasting shine with no polishing or buffing.