Vinyl floor coverings are durable and suitable for any room in the house. You'll find vinyl available as sheets or tiles in two categories:
- Rotogravure vinyl features a knobby texture as well as pattern and color printed on the finish side only. This knobby texture can be difficult to clean.
- Inlaid vinyl features pattern and color through the thickness of the material. It's typically much more durable than rotogravure vinyl and will look good and last for many years.
Sheet vinyl is a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, entryways, hallways, and rec rooms. It comes in many patterns and styles. Vinyl tiles can be used in many of the same applications; however, dirt-collecting seams can make a vinyl tile floor difficult to keep clean. The multiple seams can also allow liquid spills to filter between tiles, loosen them, and damage the subfloor.
You can also find vinyl that resembles wood in home centers and flooring stores. It feels softer underfoot than wood but is appropriate for use in baths and other moisture-prone areas.Linoleum
Made from organic materials linoleum is known for its bright colors and long wear. Extremely popular in the 1950s, its earth-friendly, nonallergenic nature is making it a popular choice again.Pro Tip: Chlorine
Don't buy resilient flooring if the room where you are installing it will encounter foot traffic from a chlorinated swimming pool; chlorine can ruin the flooring.
- Planning Your Flooring Project
- Preparing a Room & Floor for New Flooring
- Installing Ceramic & Stone Tile: How To Install Tile
- Installing Wood Flooring: How To Install a Wood Floor
- Installing Laminate Flooring: How To Install a Laminate Floor
- Installing Resilient Floors: How To Install a Resilient Floor
- Installing Carpeting: How To Install Carpet
- Installing & Staining Cement Overlays: How to Install Cement Floors
- Installing & Finishing Baseboards: How To Install Baseboard
- Paint & Epoxy: How to Apply a Paint or Epoxy Floor Coating
- Floor Repair: How to Repair & Maintain Floors