How To Choose Vinyl Flooring


If you are renovating your home or buying a new one, vinyl flooring will probably be your preferred option. Your positive bias toward this material is understandable, looking to its popularity. Besides, you get the looks and finish of real wood, marble and other expensive flooring materials at a far lesser cost.

However, vinyl flowing is a capital investment that has to stand the test of time, and not all brands are as tough and durable as they are beautiful. This guide will help you determine the technical aspects of vinyl flooring before you make your choice.

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What Is Vinyl and Why Is It Good for Floor Covering?

Vinyl is a plastic made of polyvinyl chloride resin. It is the world's second-largest selling plastic and also the most versatile one. Apart from floor covering, it is used for wall coverings, electrical cable insulation, window frames, and many other domestic applications.

Vinyl flooring is popular because of its following features:

A combination of the above features makes vinyl flooring an ideal choice for floor covering.

Which Are the Main Types of Vinyl Flooring?

There are three main types - vinyl planks, sheets, and tiles.

Vinyl Planks

Grey Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank
Taupe Wood Look Vinyl Plank
Brushwood Maple Luxury Vinyl Plank in Gray
Silver Wood Look Vinyl Plank
Colorful Unique Paterns Vinyl Plank
Light Wood Look Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Sheets

Black and White Geometric Vinyl Sheets
Vinyl Sheets in Moroccan-inspired Style
Black Red White Vinyl Sheets
Blue Flower Style Vinyl Sheets
Simple Grey Vinyl Sheets
Grey Geometric Flower Style Vinyl Sheets

Vinyl Tiles

Light Brown Marble Vinyl Tiles
Retro Peel and Stick Vinyl Tiles
Wood Style Vinyl Tiles
Rustic Marble Vinyl Tiles
Plain Light Vinyl Tiles
Dark Marble Waterproof Vinyl Tiles

Which Are the Technical Aspects of Vinyl Flooring That You Should Know?

Vinyl flooring is a utility-cum-décor product. This means it has to undergo several manufacturing processes that make it strong and long-lasting while retaining its physical appeal.

Although on the surface, all vinyl floorings look equally attractive, not all manufacturers offer the desired quality and technical features. Hence, don't judge a vinyl plank by its face value. Look for the below-mentioned attributes in its three main technical aspects - vinyl plank structure, top coating, and thickness

What do I need to know about vinyl flooring plank structure?

Vinyl flooring has a multi-layered structure for enhanced strength, resilience, and durability. Beginning from the bottom, they are:

What types of top coating are there?

There are two major type of top coating:

Vinyl or urethane coating

It is free form wax, and is made of the same material -- vinyl, it blends naturally with the flooring. It is trusted and favored because it is:

These coatings are available in different thicknesses. If you choose this coating, expect to re-coat your vinyl flooring every two to 3 years.

Advanced coating

For a more premium and durable option, there are blended urethane mediums. They are a combination of urethane and tough materials such as aluminum oxide. They are:

We recommend this coating if you have a 10%-20% extra budget, if your family has toddlers and high-energy kids who make the floor, they veritable playground, and pets who love to nail the flooring surface. This coating will withstand it all for years, which will offset their initial extra cost.

How thick should vinyl flooring be?

Different vinyl flooring thicknesses are available for different types of use. Follow this general guide to determine which thickness you need.

It is good for your study or porch where the floor area is small, and wear-and-tear is less. While this thickness is relatively inexpensive, beware that it will give away the floor's uneven finish in the form of "blisters." This will also create air gaps during installation. Hence the flooring can come off sooner than later.

Select this thin vinyl flooring only if you have budget constraints. Else, go for a thicker option even for such small-sized areas.

It is suitable for most of your home's floor divisions, living room, bedroom, and kitchen included. This thickness offers cost-effectiveness and durability. Bonus point - It offers soft cushioning that makes you feel comfortable walking all-around your home.

Go for this thickness for value for money and comfort, it is the universal thickness for domestic use.

This is high-density, high-endurance vinyl flooring - good for heavy usage, extra-long life and extra-soft walking convenience. Additionally, it will completely hide the floor imperfections, so you won't have to re-do the floor before installing the vinyl flooring. This will probably offset the higher cost of this thick vinyl flooring option.

Apart from the longer-life benefit, choose this thickness if you want a uniform soft walk and don't want your vinyl flooring to wither or fade away in a hurry.

The above technical details will help you "scratch the surface" of vinyl flooring and select the best option that lasts long and fits your budget.

Whichever way you look at it, vinyl flooring justifies its long-standing popularity. Choose your type, choose your design, and make your home stand out! Be mindful of the technical aspects discussed in this article to get the most out of your vinyl flooring.