Vinyl floors are one of the most popular types of resilient flooring for commercial and industrial spaces. Vinyl is extremely practical as it can handle high volume traffic meaning it’s perfect for education industries. Plus it is very easy to clean and maintain giving it a superior level of hygiene control compared to other flooring types – perfect for healthcare. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about vinyl flooring.
Resilient flooring is made from materials that have a certain amount of flexibility or give. This means that it can handle a greater degree of rough treatment as they are far less more sensitive than say, tile or hardwood. Vinyl is an excellent resilient flooring option.
Vinyl flooring is made from a composite of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets that are stuck together using adhesive. The bottom layer is a tough backing layer which provides a durable base. The next layer is the photographic sheet which gives the vinyl aesthetic depth. These photographic layers can make the vinyl resemble anything from wood to tiles, giving vinyl flooring an exceptional scope for designers. The top two layers are protective sheets to take the brunt of wear and tear.
What are the different types of vinyl flooring?
There are two major types of vinyl flooring:
Sheet vinyl – Is stored as large ‘sheets’ and rolled out on top of a surface, to then be heat welded into place. This process makes sure that no dirt or residue can be trapped under the surface, ensuring absolute surface integrity.
Plank vinyl or tile vinyl – Vinyl that has been cut into strips (planks) or squares (tiles) are cheaper and more versatile than sheet vinyl (although inherently the same).
It isn’t called resilient flooring for nothing. Vinyl is an extremely durable flooring option as long it is maintained properly. The thicker the base sheet is will also dictate how long it will last for. Vinyl flooring is recommended for environments that experience high foot traffic, intense conditions that involve heat and pressure, and areas that withstand high volume impact or spillage.
Vinyl is suitable for almost any indoor environment. It can be laid above or below grade and is usually installed in areas that are expected to endure a high amount of foot traffic. As long as the subfloor is flat and smooth, vinyl can be laid on top of almost anything – wood, concrete, or even other vinyl.
Although vinyl flooring is extremely durable, it can still sustain damage if exposed to harsh conditions. The feet of heavy furniture or equipment can really damage vinyl floors over time. Never drag furniture or machinery over floors as they can cause irreversible damage. Have a look at our guide to maintaining vinyl floors for more info.
• It is easy to clean and maintain, stain proof and water-resistant.
• It is versatile and cost effective.
• It can be laid almost anywhere.
• It comes in large sheet meaning it has few seams, thus ensuring less chance of moisture or dirt getting trapped between sections.
• The quality and versatility of modern photographic layers is exceptional, and they look great.
• If the vinyl is gouged or scratched deeply, it is difficult to fix.
• Sunlight can cause colours on the photographic layer to fade.
• High exposure to water can damage the soluble adhesive used to lay planks.
Vinyl 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.