Todays vinyl has come a long way from yesterday’s Linoleum. Chances are the vinyl in your home has a felt or paper back on it, or was an original inlaid where the color went all the way through it.
Vinyl from Congoleum, Armstrong, Tarkett and IVC-US have a different construction. Congoleum's Airstep series has a reinforced felt back layer which allows this 12 foot wide sheet vinyl to be loose laid, perimeter fastened, or fully glued down. Armstrong's Cushionstep, Duality and Stratamax series have backings composed of a clay core (Stratamax), while Cushionstep and Duality offer the newest technology featuring fiberglass. Tarkett and IVC-US offer their own versions of loose lay fiberglass backed sheet vinyl.
A new bar has been set for visuals where most patterns are nearly indistinguishable from their natural wood or tile counterparts. At roughly half of the price compared to wood or tile, vinyl is the most durable and economical hard surface for a hard working home.