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Learning About Vinyl Flooring

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Vinyl flooring is a versatile flooring option. It comes in sheet and tile flooring styles, it imitates wood, tile and stone products, and it’s water resistant, so good in “wet” rooms like the bath, laundry, and kitchen.

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or kid’s playroom, vinyl flooring is a product to consider. There are many types of flooring available today, but vinyl is one of the most versatile and durable of all floors.

When remodeling rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen, vinyl is a great choice because of its durability when in contact with water. This is very important so that you are not redoing your floor frequently. The advantages of vinyl flooring are numerous, this being just a quick example:
* Inexpensive
* Cleaning is easy
* Many different styles and colors to choose from
* Great do-it yourself project
* Easy to install
* Durable

The negatives of vinyl include:
* Vinyl wood flooring may not look authentic
* Pattern may be only surface deep
* A petrochemical product that gives off gasses

You can see that there are more pros than cons when it comes to vinyl flooring.

Vinyl flooring has many steps regarding its manufacturing process. All vinyl products are made from a combination of vinyl resin and various additives that create the design as well as the color of any vinyl flooring. For each different type of vinyl, the additives are different. Once these additives have been combined in with the vinyl resin, the resulting material is called vinyl compound which is in pellet form. When the vinyl is in this form, the manufacturers are able to create many different forms of vinyl including vinyl sheet flooring and/or vinyl tile flooring.

Vinyl flooring is durable and versatile. The more expensive the vinyl flooring you buy, the more durable and resistant to stains and scratches your floor will be. There are many levels of vinyl flooring and if you buy the top notch vinyl, you will have the highest standard of durability. Vinyl kitchen flooring needs to be as durable and scratch resistant as possible because there is so much traffic in this room. Versatility and durability are the number one factor when looking for a new floor for your home. Vinyl can give this to you, even the most expensive vinyl is not as expensive as some other flooring, but it provides for you the same great durability and resistance. Vinyl is durable enough that using it for garage flooring is a possibility.

Did you know that vinyl flooring has been around since 1933? This alone shows the great popularity and success that vinyl has had over the years. Vinyl made its first public debut in the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. Vinyl began to be mass marketed after the war years in 1940. It quickly became a threat to linoleum manufacturers, as well as other flooring producers. At first, vinyl flooring was only used for high traffic areas. It did not take long however, for vinyl to become the number one choice for any hard surface area. Today vinyl is second only to carpet when it comes to choices for household flooring.

With the advanced technology of today, there are very few cons related to vinyl flooring. The number one con is that vinyl flooring may not look as professional and expensive as real tile, for example. Other than that, vinyl flooring is pretty ideal. It is inexpensive, and you have a large variety of choice when it comes to style, texture and color. Installing vinyl flooring is fairly simple, and repairing it is something that anyone can do. When it’s time to remove old vinyl flooring, you can consider ripping it up or just laying the next flooring choice on top of it.

When you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or any other part of your home, consider vinyl flooring. It is an excellent choice in more ways than one.


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