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Chances are you’ve heard of vinyl and have come in contact with it in your daily life, but what is it exactly? Simply put, it is synthetic resin or plastic which is quite a versatile material. It can be referred to as PVC which stands for polyvinyl chloride. There are many different types of vinyl when it comes to your homes construction! You can find it in your flooring, windows, shower curtains, pipes, and more. Decades ago, you might think that we were talking about records (or clothing for the risk takers). But, in modern times it has become one of the most used flooring materials, and for good reason. This material is a flexible material in the sense that it can be used in any room and suit a variety of styles. At the same time, affordable for the average consumer.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way, and continues to improve with technology. When it comes to this kind of flooring, you can choose from sheets, tiles, and planks. Vinyl tiles offer even more versatility than sheets or planks. You can place them into a unique pattern to give the illusion of expensive custom tiling. Another positive of these tiles is that damaged tiles are easy and affordable to replace. For those who want to cover a large area or waterproof a room like a kitchen or bathroom in the easiest way possible, vinyl sheet flooring is a no brainer! It comes in a roll, so it can be laid down in large sheets.
People can become confused about this type of flooring because it has the potential to look identical to other materials. Especially with tiles and planks that resemble natural materials like stone and wood. This is a testament to the versatility of this material! It is very different from natural materials. It is stain resistant and more durable when compared to materials like hardwood which scratches and stains easily. It’s reinforced with fiberglass backing for extra durability so you don’t deal with annoying curled edges at the seams over a period of time. Fiberglass backed vinyl is a great solution because a stronger floor will last longer and feel more stable under the foot
When you’re looking for the flooring solution that makes the most sense for you, be sure to consider the function of the room that you’re trying to update as well as the look that you’re aiming for. Is it a space that deals with a lot of moisture, or has a lot of foot traffic from outdoors? If so, you’ll want to stick with sheet vinyl to protect the floors underneath. Are you mainly looking for style and want to lay down a specific pattern? Vinyl tiles might be more up your alley! Do you want the look of hardwood without spending tens of thousands of dollars and keeping up with strict maintenance? Vinyl planks would be perfect for these needs. It’s all about brainstorming and coming up with a solution that works best for you, your home, and your family.
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