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.
Which Product is right for your room?
Sheet vinyl is a flexible, 12 foot wide product made for light to heavy use in residential homes. Today’s vinyl’s can be loose laid or floated, perimeter fastened or fully glued to the substrate. It is the most versatile of flooring types when it comes to patterns which cover a large amount of natural stone, tile, and wood looks. It is economical and fashion friendly for any type of home.
VCT or Vinyl Composition Tile has been a commercial industry standard for a long time. Made of a solid piece of composite vinyl, this product is mostly used in commercial settings where price vs. durability is a factor. Its low expense makes it a great choice for large areas that get hard use. Tiles usually come in 12×12 squares and must be glued down.