Vinyl plank flooring in one of the most resilient flooring options for a variety of applications, be it hospitality, commercial or healthcare. When it comes to laying down vinyl floors, there are a few different options at hand. Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the flimsy linoleum or the ‘stick and peel’ types that were popular in the 1970s. Now vinyl flooring encapsulates a wide options of types including vinyl sheets and vinyl tiles or planks, the latter being a great option across many industry sectors.
When it comes to vinyl plank flooring, your options open up to allow for a wide range of shapes, colours, patterns and finishes to fit any work or living space.
Vinyl floors are formed in intense heat conditions that essentially ‘melted’ together small vinyl chips under pressure, eventually forming a solid sheet of vinyl that varies in thickness depending on the requirements. This vinyl can then be cut in any way required, including strips or planks – hence the name ‘plank’ vinyl. These sections are then heat welded together to form a covering.
Vinyl planks are formed using a solid coloured PVC base with an additional composite layer on top which lends a dimensional stability. Depending on the desired look or style, a photographic layer may be added. As a final touch, a layer is added on top for wear to ensure their longevity.
Vinyl plank flooring has many benefits:
• The heated welding process when laying the flooring stops dirt particles, moisture and other substances getting trapped between the planks. This is particularly beneficial in sectors like hospitality, healthcare and aged care where hygiene and cleaning is paramount.
• Vinyl planks come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and finishes, meaning the have an enormous scope for designers to be creative. No other flooring type offers this versatility.
• Planks can be finished to resemble anything from stone and wood to tiles or ceramics – this means vinyl can be applied almost anywhere, no matter how mild or outrageous the application.
• Vinyl flooring provides enormous scope for designers to create tough, hard wearing yet attractive and inspirational work and living spaces.
• Vinyl planking is much more cost effective than laying vinyl sheeting.
• Vinyl planking is slip resistant, meaning that it is suitable for use in showers, bathrooms and commercial kitchens.
• It is also heat resistant which is why it is often the resilient flooring of choice for hospitality.
Vinyl plank is one of the most reliable and versatile options for flooring across a number of different industry sectors. If you are in need of quality flooring solutions or have questions regarding the best way to care for your floors, talk to the experts at Aussie Flooring Insights. Our highly trained professionals will be more than happy to help.