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Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is an attractive and practical choice that can be used in any room in the house. It is easy to clean and is water resistant, making it especially appropriate for kitchens, laundries, utility rooms, mudrooms and bathrooms. It is also a good choice for children's bedrooms and playrooms Vinyl flooring comes in a huge variety of colors and designs and in a wide range of grades and prices. It is manufactured in both sheets and tiles.

The following should be considered when buying vinyl flooring:

  • Vinyl tiles can be less costly than vinyl sheets as only the actual square footage of the floor needs to be purchased. They offer more design possibilities, as various sizes, colors and patterns can be mixed and matched to create borders and inlaid designs. Tiles are also easier to install than sheets, especially at the edges of the room. Self-stick tiles do not require a layer of adhesive, but they are usually poorer quality and will not last as long.
  • Sheet vinyl is cut to length when purchased, so the extra waste involved can make it more expensive for some odd sized rooms. Although a layer of adhesive is required, sheet vinyl can be faster and less messy to install. Sheets also provide more protection against moisture damage than tiles because there are no cracks for water to seep through. Vinyl sheets come with a PVC cushion layer, offering a more comfortable feeling underfoot, but sharp objects can damage sheets more easily than tiles.

Vinyl floors are easy to clean with a mop using diluted household detergent. Enhancing products can be applied for extra shine, but you will need to periodically strip them to avoid a thick or yellowing build up.

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