Vinyl Flooring: Not What Your Mother Had

Vinyl Flooring: Not What Your Mother Had
by Ezra Plank

Say vinyl flooring and you’ll probably think linoleum. Take another look at vinyl tile flooring today, it’s not what it used to be. In fact, you might be surprised at how far vinyl floors have come.

What Is Vinyl?

Vinyl tiles are composed of layers to create long-lasting floors. First comes a thick backing, then a printed design showing a realistic pattern, and a protective layer to give the tile durability. Better tiles have an additional protective wear layer made of urethane.

Choosing the Right Flooring

Homeowners have multiple flooring options available today. In addition to vinyl, there is hardwood, carpet, linoleum, slate, rubber, concrete, bamboo, and laminate. Choosing the right flooring depends upon its use. Vinyl tiles can be installed nearly everywhere in a house, even where you expect wet floors.

How Much Does It Cost?

Compared to the cost of hardwood flooring, vinyl tile prices are very economical. They range from $0.29 to $4.00 per square foot. Thicker, better quality tiles will be more expensive. And professional installation can add as much as $2.00 per square foot.

Can I Install It Myself?

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You might want to change out your current flooring with vinyl tiles. This do-it-yourself project is easy, particularly if you choose peel ‘n stick ( tiles already have the glue applied, and are covered with a removable backing ) or glue-less ( spray-on adhesive or adhesive tabs ) tiles. Luxury vinyl tiles require you to apply the adhesive yourself. For the best results, follow manufacturer’s instructions by preparing the subflooring to ensure proper adhesion.

How Long Will It Last?

Expect more inexpensive vinyl tiles to last at least 5 years. More expensive tiles can last four times longer. By following manufacturer’s instructions for the care of your floors, they could last longer. Don’t forget, if one of the tiles does become damaged, you can easily replace that one tile without having to touch the rest.

Caring for your floor

Taking care of your vinyl tile floor is simple. Be sure to wipe up any liquid spills as soon as they happen, and sweep up anything that could scuff it up. You can sweep the floor daily and mop it regularly, based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Direct sunlight can damage the tile, so you may want to keep drapes closed or blinds drawn.

Today’s vinyl tile floors are nothing like what your parents had in the past. They are inexpensive to install, easy to care for, and are beautiful to look at. If you want to give your home a new look, consider getting vinyl tiles. Once they’re installed you’ll be so glad you did.

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