Benefits of Vinyl Sheet
Vinyl Sheet is a durable, flexible, and cost-efficient option.
Ease of Cleaning
Cleaning Vinyl flooring is easy. It can be swept or vacuumed and no waxing is required as it has a wear layer. If there is a stain, just damp mop the floor with some light cleaner.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring is made to last. It is resistant to scratching, stains and moisture. This allows it be installed in most rooms of the house.
Vinyl Flooring can be made in just about any pattern and texture imaginable. The advances in Vinyl make it a good alternative to wood, stone and tile.
Vinyl flooring is a good alternative for high traffic areas. It is also great for high moisture areas like spots where pets eat or entrance ways.
Vinyl flooring is affordable, durable and it can match the appearance of many higher priced flooring options. Get the look of wood or tile without the price tag.
About Vinyl Flooring
Today’s vinyl sheet flooring is stronger than the sheeting of the past. New product development has made vinyl a great alternative to wood or tile.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring Layers
Top Coat: adds sheen and is a protective Wear Layer
Wear Layer: safeguards the pattern layer
Pattern Layer: supplies the sheet’s color and it’s overall look
Cushion Layer: adds bounce and texture to the flooring
Fiberglass Layer: keeps the sheet flat and adds strength
Base Layer: supports all the other layers and lends structure
Types of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl Flooring comes in many different types.
Luxury Vinyl Tile or Planking (LVT)
This luxury flooring can look and feel like stone, tile or wood flooring. Its printed layer can emulate any surface and texture including grout lines. The array of finishes available can satisfy any taste or style.
This is the traditional vinyl sheet that has been around since 1958. It is usually installed in one large sheet to avoid seams. It is a compost of PVC, fiberglass, foam gel, texture, insulation and urethane for durability. It is usually laid over the sub floor and is glued down for permanence.
Vinyl tiles can range from soft woven vinyl to hard no flex vinyl mixed with limestone. They can be glued down and each tile must be snug up with the next tile. The sub floor must be level for these tiles to fit and work properly. Vinyl tile is stain resistant and easy to clean. It can handle some moisture and is often topped with Urethane.
Different Wear Layers
The wear layer is the top layer of the vinyl flooring and is what predicts how long it will last and what it will put up with.
Vinyl No-Wax Top Coat
This layer is made of urethane or vinyl. It is the most affordable option but the least durable. You may need to apply new protective coatings when the coating wears off. No-Wax coating can come in different thicknesses for different budgets and usages.
Enhanced Urethane Coating
This is the most durable of the wear layers. It is often made from Aluminum Oxide and will cost a little more but greatly prolong the life of your flooring.
Pay attention to the thickness of the wear layer to get the most out of your flooring and make sure you are using the right vinyl for the flooring project. More heavily trafficked areas should have a thicker and stronger wear layer. Consider a minimum of 10 mm wear layer for normal use areas and 20 mm for commercial use areas.
Thickness of Vinyl Layer
2-3 mm (.079-.118 in)
This thickness is best for low traffic areas or small areas. Thinner vinyl is usually more budget friendly. Make sure to have an intact and even sub floor as thin vinyl will not cover up lumps or uneven areas.
3.2 mm – 4.0mm (.13 to .16 in)
This thickness can be used for higher traffic areas like living rooms and kitchens. This thickness is both durable and affordable. It also has a soft feel that provides comfort as well as function.
5.00 (.2 in)
This higher quality vinyl can be used anywhere. This flooring will be most costly but will also have more durability. It can often be made to look like real wood. This is a good option of you have uneven or substandard subfloor as it will smooth out imperfections.
Care and Maintenance of Your Vinyl Flooring
Please contact Elliott Flooring if you have questions on cleaning or maintenance of vinyl flooring. Make sure you also have read your floor warranty for specific care requirements.
- Immediately clean up spills on Vinyl flooring.
- Although Vinyl flooring is good at handling mositure you should still not allow allow liquids to sit on your vinyl flooring.
- Use door mats for high traffic entrances,
- Sweep your floors regularly.
- Use a vacuum attachment.
- Use a cleaning products made specifically for no-wax vinly floor care.
- Never use abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
- Never buff or polish your flooring with machines.
- For sticky substances, harden the spot with an ice cube and then lightly rub with a dull plastic scraper. Do not use too much pressure. When in doubt contact the store for instructions.
- Outfit your furniture and large applicances with protective discs or feet.
- Use a chair pad for rolling caster chairs.
This may void the manufacturer’s warranty on your floor.
Do not use rolling desk chairs or rolling casters on any vinyl floors, i.e., sheet vinyl, vinyl plank, vinyl tile or laminate floors.
Chair castors are rolling loads and can be more devastating to a floor than a 2-wheeled cart. Chair castors generally never leave a 10-square-foot area and have a consistent weight attached to them. The sitter, when rolling around, will cause a consistent wear pattern that will prematurely wear a vinyl or laminate floor. We always recommend a heavy chair mat for use under office chairs.
Even with a protective wear layer, over time, rolling desk chairs or desks with wheels at the bottom can cause damage to your flooring beyond repair.
Quite often, these wheels will eventually damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty of your floor.
This doesn’t mean you can’t use any furniture with wheels. The best way to protect your vinyl flooring is to place a heavy chair mat underneath the seating area at your desk.
You can also try fitting chairs with felt tips, or simply avoid buying chairs and desks with wheels. Felt pads are a popular choice for protecting vinyl & laminate floors and are well-suited for use on chairs, tables, sofas, and other furniture. Felt furniture pads come in a range of sizes and thicknesses, allowing you to customize your protection based on your furniture size and weight.