When it comes to flooring, there are many different options. With a vinyl sheet, you have a layered construction that is available in widths ranging from six to twelve inches. Additionally, the backing for vinyl sheet flooring is broken down by felt or fiberglass. Felt is the most common type of backing, which accounts for as much as 90% of all sales. Fiberglass is somewhat new, providing a nice, soft cushion on which to walk.
As with some other types of flooring such as laminate, vinyl sheet is also made with several layers. For starters, there is the protective top coat, which is usually made from some type of high performance material such as urethane. This coat is designed to resist scratches, while making the floor easy to maintain and clean.
The second coat for a vinyl sheet is the protective clear layer. With this, your floor is more durable while also being protected against more severe damage to include gouges, rips, and tears. Keep in mind that for this second layer, the thick the greater the performance. Next is the printed vinyl design layer, which is what gives the floor its appearance. Today, the market is flooded with wonderful colors, patterns, and designs. In fact, many of the vinyl sheet creations we now see resemble natural stone or wood so closely that it is difficult to tell them apart.
The nice thing about going with a vinyl sheet is that it works exceptionally well for any room of the home. Many times, people will choose this material for entryways, family rooms, kitchens, and playrooms, in that vinyl sheet handle high traffic well. However, this material is also a great solution for bedrooms, dining rooms, covered porches, and offices, literally any room of the house.
Keep in mind that while vinyl sheet is a waterproof material, the adhesive used for installation is not. For this reason, you always want to clean up any liquid spills immediately after happening, especially around the borders to avoid the seams pulling up. In addition, we suggest you buy the thickest vinyl sheet your budget will allow. This way, you have a more comfortable surface but also a longer lasting floor. Most importantly, a vinyl sheet should never be used on stairs or sloping areas since it was developed for flat surfaces only.
If a vinyl sheet floor is installed by a professional, there is no reason the floor will not last for a minimum of 20 years. In fact, as you shop around for this type of flooring, look for a manufacturer that offers 20 to 30 years, which would cover things such as scratches, stains, fading, and moisture damage. We also suggest you go with a minimum of 12-inch width since this reduces the number of seams, thus decreases the possibility of moisture or dirt accumulation beneath the floor.
For durability, long life, and beauty, you cannot go wrong choosing vinyl sheet flooring. You will find varying thicknesses, which makes a huge difference in the overall performance. For instance, if the vinyl sheet is thin, then the floor is at greater risk for gouging and durability issues. However, if you choose a thicker vinyl sheet, especially for high traffic area, the floor will last longer and provide a more comfortable surface on which to walk.
As mentioned in the first section on vinyl sheet flooring, many manufacturers provide between a 20 and 30-year warranty. Just remember that you want to determine the warranty being offered, as well as what defects are covered. In other words, some vinyl sheet warranties would only cover gouges and scratches while other warranties would cover daily wear and tear. You would need to determine the type of warranty most important to you based on where the flooring would be installed.
One of the greatest benefits to vinyl sheet flooring is ease of care. Remember, this material never has to be buffed, polished, or wax, meaning it is a breeze to clean. All you have to do is sweep the floor, along with occasional mopping using clean water or a cleaning product recommended by the manufacturer. Other than this, not much more is needed in keeping the floor strong and beautiful.
Although the cost of vinyl sheet flooring varies based on a number of factors, you should expect to pay anywhere from .50 to $5.00 per square foot. The thickness and quality of the vinyl sheet would be determining factors for price. Other considerations associated with price include the thickness of the wear layer, along with the type of wear layer. Even the design, quality of design, embossing, and texture would play a role in the cost you pay.
Installing vinyl sheet flooring can be very tricky and if not done right, disastrous. For this reason, we usually recommend you hire a professional to do the job. In addition to the cost of the flooring itself, you would need to add on cost for installation, which generally runs between .75 and $2.00 per square foot. The good news is that the cost for installing vinyl sheet is usually less than you would pay for other floor types.
Remember, you can do the installation on your own but you should be prepared for hard work and patience. This process would begin with a smooth subfloor, which could include hardwood, plywood, concrete, or another type of flooring. Then, pay close attention to installation methods based on the manufacturer's recommendations for the floor material you buy.