Types of Vinyl Flooring

Made from a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers, this modern flooring known as vinyl is often used for high traffic areas where its durability is gladly welcomed.  Vinyl flooring is flexible, versatile, and can be made in a variation of colors and patterns.  It is a fairly more affordable option than other flooring types and can work well in virtually any room in the house. 

When choosing the right vinyl flooring for a specific space, there are many things to consider – what is the room’s main function?  What’s the existing décor like? Who will be spending the most time here?  What’s the given budget for flooring?  By asking these fundamental questions, any homeowner will be able to find what vinyl flooring will work best for them!

When determining the right vinyl look for a room, there are two main choices: Inlaid and Printed

  • Inlaid vinyl refers to when color granules are imbedded into the vinyl sheet.  This gives the vinyl a deeper look, and provides the option for many colors. When examined closely, specks of varying shades can be seen, which create the overall hue.  

  • Printed vinyl is exactly as it sounds; a pattern or color is printed directly onto the vinyl.  This type of vinyl flooring is what makes it such a popular choice for homes.  Because of the nature of printed vinyl, it can be made to look like other, more expensive, floorings.  Homeowners can achieve the look of hardwood or marble flooring, even if it isn’t in their budget.  As far as colors and patterns available, the options are practically endless!

Like most floorings, vinyl can come in different sizes and shapes to better fit the look of the room.  Flooring can be made into sheets, tiles, or planks.  

  • Sheet – Sheets are ideal for moisture prone areas, like bathrooms or mudrooms.  Sheets are expansive, usually 6 or 12 feet, which makes it nearly seamless when installed.
  • Tile – Tiles are great when vinyl is made to look like marble or other classically tiled flooring.  It can be relatively easy to install and creates a cohesive look in a new room. 

  • Plank – Planks are ideal for vinyl flooring that is made to look like hardwood, as it imitates how wood flooring is cut.

The different types of vinyl floorings don’t stop with variations in color, patterns, shapes or sizes, however.  The wear layer, a crucial component to any vinyl, helps complete the flooring and strengthen it for use.  The three types of finishes are Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3.  Grade 1 is the thickest sealant layer available for residential use and is best for high traffic areas of the home.  Grade 2 is the next thickest sealant layer, and works best for medium traffic areas. And the thinnest layer, Grade 3, is best kept for rooms with very low traffic.

It’s no wonder vinyl flooring is such a popular choice amongst homeowners! Its versatility offers endless options when home decorating, and its durability makes it extremely functional as well as a great choice for any home!