Choosing Between Vinyl and Other Flooring Materials

There is a lot of confusion about vinyl flooring and its differences from traditional wood flooring or carpet flooring. It’s also the case that vinyl has become one of the hottest home design trends in North America. Vinyl flooring is constructed from a plastic, vinyl, or a combination of plastics. The vinyl materials are usually 100% moisture-resistant and most importantly, both sheet and plank vinyl flooring are virtually identical. Unfortunately, this is also where the differences end.

Unlike tile or wood flooring, vinyl flooring is not as durable. For example, tile is extremely durable and can withstand years of wear and tear without damage. Vinyl tile is not nearly as durable, but it is still relatively durable when properly cared for. Vinyl sheet flooring on the other hand, will begin to show signs of wear very quickly if not properly maintained.

Tile is easy to clean and can be spotless, whereas vinyl flooring can only be cleaned by using a commercial cleaner that is designed for vinyl flooring or a commercial floor cleaner that is specifically designed for cleaning vinyl. This means that if you want to clean your floor, you are usually going to have to hire a professional flooring company to do the job, which can be quite costly. On top of that, vinyl flooring is nowhere near as easy to install as tile or wood flooring is. This means that when you do decide to install your new floor, you will probably need to hire a professional flooring company in Sacramento as well to ensure the installation is done correctly.

Another key difference between vinyl flooring and traditional flooring is that vinyl has several layers. The base or bottom layer is called the base material, and then there are the vinyl layers which are each referred to as vinyl plank or vinyl sheets. Each sheet is laid down by interlocking plastic moldings called stretchers. Finally, there are the uppermost layers of vinyl which are referred to as the impression layer and which are pressed together from underneath. Each of these different layers adds different qualities to the vinyl flooring, which is why some vinyl will be more durable than others. In addition, some vinyl has a double or triple layer of vinyl which can also add additional strength to the floor.

When compared to other types of flooring like carpet or timber, sheet vinyl flooring is far easier to install, which means that it can often be installed by one person. Tile is far more difficult to install because it requires an entire crew of builders install it, which is why most people opt for the simpler option of carpet. Of course, there are also a number of flooring company in Durham who are capable of installing both vinyl and tile, but those costs tend to be on the higher side as well.

Ceramic tile is generally a much more expensive option than vinyl flooring, which is why many homeowners are tempted to go with the latter. The biggest advantage of ceramic tile is that it can look like almost any type of natural stone including granite, limestone, as well as oak and ceramic tile is just as hard wearing as slate, marble, and wood. It is also resistant to a wide range of stains, scratches, and heat so is long lasting, although it can be discolored from contact with chemicals over time. It is also relatively easy to clean and can be washed with a normal washing up water, soap, and warm water. Because it is such a high quality flooring product, ceramic tile is often recommended in areas of high traffic because of its strength and durability.