At Floor Coverings International, we carry a wide variety of flooring that suits any room in your home. When it comes to vinyl flooring, there are many advantages – vinyl flooring is easy to maintain, it’s durable, it looks great, and it’s relatively affordable. Plus, vinyl flooring is incredibly versatile these days as it is available in a wide range of styles and patterns so it works well in any room from bathrooms and kitchens to living rooms and more. When you consult with our experts at Floor Coverings International, we can help you choose the right vinyl flooring for your home and family.
Let’s start by discussing a few different types of vinyl flooring. If you’ve been thinking, “vinyl is vinyl” you have been underestimating the functional and aesthetic qualities of this type of flooring. Indeed, the main types of vinyl flooring are flex core, fusion core, groutable, sheet, and solid core vinyl flooring.
Flex Core Vinyl
Perhaps best described as the original vinyl flooring, flex core vinyl is durable and easy to install. Flex core vinyl is firm and stable and offers great protection against scratches and scuffs. However, this type of vinyl will show variations of the subfloor so you need to make sure the surface is level and even before installation.
Fusion Core Vinyl
Made up of several layers including a durablock layer that provides exceptional protection from scratches, fusion core vinyl is also waterproof. Among the most stylish types of vinyl flooring, fusion core vinyl is often designed to mimic natural materials such as wood and tile making it a great choice for more formal rooms in your home. We also recommend fusion core vinyl flooring for high traffic areas or busy homes.
Groutable vinyl is exceptionally comfortable and offers a warmer feel under bare feet. As with other types of vinyl flooring, groutable vinyl is durable and easily maintained with the added option of applying grout for a beautiful finish. Available in stone and hardwood styles, groutable vinyl is great for bathrooms and kitchens as well as other living spaces.
Sheet vinyl features layers of material with either felt or fiberglass backing. If you’re installing the felt variety of sheet vinyl, you’ll use a permanent adhesive to attach it to your subfloor to prevent curling at the ends of the sheet. Additionally, sheet vinyl must acclimatize to room temperatures so it must be kept in the space you’re flooring for at least 24 hours before installation. Felt-backed vinyl is not recommended for moist environments such as basements, kitchens, or bathrooms.
On the other hand, fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl is easier to install and doesn’t require the use of adhesive which also means it’s easier to maintain and repair. We also recommend fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl to avoid problems with curling at the edges – these flooring is resistant to shrinking, cracking, and warping even in extreme temperatures or conditions.
Solid Core Vinyl
Finally, solid core vinyl flooring is firm and offers exceptional stability and strength. Enjoy classic aesthetics offered by hardwood and ceramic tile flooring without the added cost. When it comes to a vinyl flooring that looks great and lasts long, few options compare with solid core vinyl flooring.
Vinyl flooring is increasingly popular because it offers beautiful styles that complement any design while also providing great durability at a reasonable cost. Contact our team of flooring experts at Floor Coverings International to learn how we can help you find the perfect flooring for your home.