At Prianti’s Flooring, one of our most popular surfacing materials is vinyl flooring. Affordable, durable, and stylish, it’s really no wonder why most homeowners ask so many questions about it! Certainly, vinyl flooring has come a long way over the past few years, due to modern technology. And, as it’s manufactured in various lookalike materials, such as hardwood, tile, and stone, vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective alternative. But, before you rush out and redo your entire home with this hard surfacing, let’s go over a few things to consider before an installation.
Though this type of hard surfacing is manufactured in various forms, typically premium vinyl flooring is comprised of many layers of material – usually 6-8 layers. Normally, each plank has the following layers:
•Superficial layer with protective a coating that adds shine
•Transparent layer that shields the next layer, which is the design layer
•Printed image layer that has a high-resolution design
•Cushioned layer, often consisting of felt or foam, that provides a comfortable, softer surface
•Fiberglass backing layer that ensures the planks lay flat and evenly, giving support to other layers
•Backing layer made of solid PVC, making installation easier while providing additional foundation strength and support
When it comes to vinyl flooring, the main advantage to using this hard surfacing is moisture resistance. That’s why it’s such a favorite renovation material for mudrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. However, even though it is extremely durable in the moisture department, it’s essential to keep in mind that it can be susceptible to water damage. The key to avoiding warping and other water woes is proper installation by a professional.
Shopping considerations for vinyl planks
When it’s finally time to shop for planks, keep the following points in mind:
•Material type (planks, tiles or sheets)
•Design features (tile, stone, wood, etc.)
•Shape (width and length of planks, size of squares, etc.)
•Wear layer features
•Guarantee and/or Warranty
Truthfully, there are indeed a great many things to consider before an installation. While it may all sound complicated, rest assured that our showroom professionals at Prianti’s Flooring in Port Saint Lucie, FL will take the time to explain every aspect of our store samples.