Choosing the Best Vinyl

Choosing the best vinyl flooring is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget that best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

  • products that are both durable and affordable
  • patterns today are inspired by nature
  • some imitate the look of natural stone
  • new methods of texturing the surface
  • very realistic vinyl available
  • constructed of several different layers: the wear layer, the printed or decorative layer, an inner core consisting of a foam and vinyl layer, and a backing
  • thicker is not always better
  • density of the inner core resist rips, tears, gouges and indentations
  • urethane wear layer will help with stain resistance
  • consider the room’s foot traffic and the types of activities
  • extended warranties are often available with upgraded products

Seams

  • most vinyl comes in 6’ and 12’ widths
  • seaming may be necessary depending on the area to be covered
  • certain patterns will hide seams better
  • tile patterns with grout lines are better able to mask seams
  • seam sealers may be visible in contrast with different vinyl textures and finishes
  • your responsibility to maintain caulking in heavy water use areas