Vinyl Flooring 101
Vinyl flooring is the most popular type of resilient flooring. Its affordability, versatility and other beneficial features are what make it attractive to so many homeowners.
Vinyl flooring is available in rolls of 12 foot long sheets, planks, and tiles. Vinyl is manufactured one of three methods:
Inlaid vinyl involves melting colored vinyl granules into a patterned design that maintains is color entirely through to the backing. Inlaid tile provides a thick, durable floor suitable for high-traffic areas.
Homogeneous vinyl is constructed using a liquid vinyl resin. This type of vinyl is the most wear-resistant however it is very limited in its color options. Its high resilience makes it best-suited for commercial application.
Heterogeneous construction is the most common method of vinyl assembly. This involves layering an image layer that can simulate multiple materials on top of the vinyl and backing. A wear layer is then applied on top of the image layer to resist against wear. While this method of vinyl construction shows wear sooner than other methods, modern technology allows the wear layer to remain durable and long-lasting.
Vinyl is coated with a wear layer which grants damage resistance to the floor. The thickness and type of wear layers determine how resistant your floor will be against scuffs, dents, and scratches.
- A vinyl wear layer is the least expensive option and is found on most entry-level products.
- Urethane wear layers are the most common used for its resistance to stains and scratches.
- Enhanced urethane wear layers are constructed with aluminum oxide particles, adding extra hardness for more wear resistance and a longer life for your floor.
At Alpine Carpet One Floor & Home we carry vinyl tile, vinyl planks, and vinyl sheet flooring. Come by our showroom at 2212 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, CA or give us a call at 530-314-7852.