The installation of vinyl flooring can be a real challenge. There are a wide variety of vinyl flooring options, from LVP to sheets, to choose from. That’s a lot of data and analysis to sift through. For your benefit, we’re here to help!
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When it comes to vinyl flooring, there are still a few things that you’d like to know. What’s this? How do we know what to do? To make your buying experience as simple as possible, we’ve collected a list of the most frequently asked questions.
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Can you install vinyl plank over hardwood?
Vinyl plank flooring can be installed over any hardwood that is level, smooth, and structurally sound enough for the installation. Hardwood flooring can be installed in the same way as subfloors made of wood, as long as the wood is in good condition prior to installation.
Is there scratch-proof vinyl plank flooring?
When it comes to vinyl plank flooring, one of the best features is its long-term durability. It’s incredibly scratch-resistant, but you’ll also see less stains and fading because to the superior wear layer, which you can adjust in thickness. To put it another way, if you have pets or youngsters in the house, you should choose for a thicker wear layer.
Is vinyl plank flooring waterproof?
With a core component comprised of wood plastic composite (WPC), stone plastic composite (SPC), or 100% vinyl, your vinyl plank flooring will be totally water-resistant. Basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens are all good places to install wood-look flooring.
We can help you find the perfect luxury vinyl flooring
At Express Flooring, we’re here to help you find the perfect luxury vinyl floor covering for your house. Let us know when you’re ready to begin working with our helpful and professional staff, and we’ll get right to it. Give us a call when you’re ready to get started serving the communities of Marana and Vail, as well as the areas of Catalina Foothills, Sahuarita, Red Rock and more.
What is vinyl flooring?
Compared to the vinyl floors of your grandmother, today’s vinyl is a vast improvement. “Resilient flooring” or “sheet vinyl” can be classified as either LVT or LVP, which are luxury vinyl tiles or planks (LVP). Vinyl flooring remains to be a long-lasting and stylish option for any area in your house, thanks to its excellent warranties and wide variety of design options. NatureCore, an exclusive brand of sheet vinyl from Flooring America/Flooring Canada, features today’s design and color palettes. Our LVT and LVP collections are built to last and come in a variety of styles to suit any decor.
Use & Durability
When you’re purchasing your next home flooring, you probably want to make sure it can hold up to the wear and tear of your home. Here, we answer a few of your most important questions about vinyl flooring.
Will my dog’s nails scratch vinyl flooring?
It’s good to know that vinyl flooring includes a scratch-resistant wear layer. The thickest wear layer is recommended if you have a highly hyperactive dog (imagine huge and tearing through the house like a lightning bolt).
In spite of the wear layer, no vinyl product is impervious to scuffs. Scratches can happen over time. Keep the dog’s nails trimmed as a preventative measure to decrease the amount of scratches
Can I put heavy appliances down directly on my vinyl floors?
Certainly! To avoid scratching your floor with furniture legs, we suggest using felt furniture pads. Rubber should never be used on vinyl floors because it can cause stains.
Use a non-staining big surface floor protector for heavy furniture and appliances.
Do I need a protector on my vinyl floor for my rolling desk chair?
Using a mat under desk chairs is still a smart idea, even if your vinyl flooring has a thick wear layer. Rolling desk chairs can get a little annoying after a while. Always err on the side of caution.
Can I put vinyl flooring in my basement?
Basements can benefit from waterproof vinyl flooring. Moisture-prone areas and even uneven subfloors can be covered with it.
Can you install luxury vinyl flooring outdoors?
Outside or semi-outside areas should not have vinyl flooring, even if it is waterproof. UV radiation can cause fading, and constant exposure to the elements can wear down the floor. In addition to voiding the manufacturer’s guarantee, vinyl flooring can be used outside. For these and other reasons, vinyl flooring is the best option for interior use.
Will vinyl flooring expand?
The expansion and contraction of vinyl flooring is not as significant as that of other flooring types until extreme conditions exist. A modest expansion gap around the perimeter is recommended for such harsh conditions, but it is extremely unlikely.
Why is vinyl called resilient flooring?
Vinyl flooring is referred to as “resilient” because it has a certain amount of flexibility. Vinyl is a durable but pliable substance. Even though vinyl isn’t the only flooring material that has this quality, it’s often used interchangeably. Cork, linoleum, and rubber are all examples of resilient flooring.
Why should I choose vinyl?
Vinyl flooring has a number of advantages that make it an excellent option for both residential and business settings. It’s long-lasting, adaptable, and comes in a wide range of looks and textures. Any area, including the bathroom and kitchen can be decorated with this type of material. In addition, it is simple to maintain, clean, and less likely to require future repairs.
Are linoleum and vinyl the same?
Vinyl and linoleum are both robust flooring options, but they aren’t exactly alike. Natural ingredients such as linseed oil and cork shavings and wood flour are used to make linoleum, while synthetic raw materials such as felt, fibreglass, and vinyl are used to make vinyl.
How to determine the quantity of flooring material I need?
It’s simple to figure out how much vinyl plank flooring or other types of vinyl you’ll need for your room. The first step is to figure out the overall square footage of the space and the square footage of the vinyl planks or tiles you’ll be using. To get the number of boards you’ll need, divide the room’s entire area by the number of planks. Make sure you buy 5% to 10% more material than you think you’ll need when purchasing the boxes.
Are there any drawbacks to vinyl?
Luxury vinyl flooring’s only negative is that it doesn’t raise the resale value of your home. Vinyl can become scratched, discolored, and even curl up at the edges over time, making it less appealing. Periodic maintenance, on the other hand, can help you avoid these issues and extend the life of your flooring.
What cleaning products are best for vinyl flooring?
You can usually rely on the manufacturer to recommend the best cleaning products for the flooring you’ve chosen. Soap and water and regular sweeping are all that is needed to keep luxury vinyl clean. Abrasive cleaning products and powerful detergents might cause the floor to become discolored. The use of solvent-based polishes and paste waxes is also discouraged.
Can I install luxury vinyl flooring over my existing flooring?
Luxury vinyl flooring can often be installed over top of existing flooring in many cases. The sort of floor you already have and the quality of that floor will influence whether or not you need a new one. Installing vinyl over an existing floor that isn’t smooth, seamless, or well-sealed is an option. However, if your current floor is made of sheet vinyl, it is best to remove it before installing the new flooring.
Can it be sanded/re-surfaced/re-coated?
Due to its synthetic nature, loose lay vinyl cannot be sanded or repainted. However, damaged planks or tiles can be readily removed and replaced one at a time.
Will it expand or swell?
Timber and laminate expand and swell when they come into touch with water, while loose lay vinyl does not. It’s also important to quickly clean up any spills to prevent liquid from seeping between boards or tiles.
Can I install it over existing floors?
As long as the floor surface is smooth, strong, and dust-free, loose lay can be put. It’s important to keep in mind that placing over tile may necessitate filling up the gaps between the tile and the subfloor. We normally advise against installing loose lay vinyl plank flooring over carpet.
Do I need to install underlay underneath?
For a more comfortable and quieter surface, you can place an underlay when installing loose lay vinyl, but it isn’t required..
How do I clean it?
Low-maintenance loose-lay vinyl plank flooring is a great option. Using a damp mop and cleaning solution, as recommended by the manufacturer, is all that is required for cleaning.