A practical and affordable flooring choice
Vinyl flooring is a great option for those looking for a fuss-free functional floor for their home.
Ideal in kitchens and bathrooms but equally suitable throughout the home, vinyl is available in a range of different styles that allows it to fit seamlessly into any design scheme. Read this handy guide for all you need to know about sheet vinyl flooring, including:
- Types of vinyl flooring
- What is vinyl flooring?
- Benefits of vinyl flooring
- How to measure a room for vinyl flooring
- How to lay sheet vinyl flooring
- How to care for vinyl flooring
- Safety advice
The different types of vinyl flooring
Wood Effect Vinyl Flooring
Wood effect vinyl flooring is designed to mimic real wood flooring but offers plenty of practical benefits. It requires little maintenance and is designed to have a realistic-looking textured surface that imitates wood grain. It is available in various shades – from rich oak to painted grey – and is made to look like real planks so you’d never guess it wasn’t the real thing.
Tile Effect Vinyl FlooringTile effect vinyl flooring mimics real tiles for an attractive and practical flooring solution. Choose between delicate mosaic styles and large tile designs that look like real granite or marble in a range of colours to match your interior decor.
Mosaic Vinyl FlooringPart of the tile effect range of vinyl flooring, mosaic effect vinyl is sold in sheets or larger tiles which are designed to mimic real mosaic tiled flooring but are much easier to lay. Choose between a range of colours and styles which include traditional and modern mosaic patterns.
Modern Vinyl FlooringPerfect for newer homes, modern vinyl flooring is available in a range of styles and designs to suit any home. From gloss black to bright mosaics and neutral tile effects, there’s something for every home and you can even fit modern vinyl in more traditional homes for a style contrast and to modernise specific rooms.
What is vinyl flooring?
A synthetic, man made material, vinyl is a combination of a plastic made from ethylene and chlorine which boasts numerous benefits when used as flooring. To decide if it’s right for you, consider the benefits and uses it has around the home.
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring has many benefits around the home. It is available in a great selection of styles so it can match any decor, is easy to clean and simple to install; either as a vinyl sheet or separate tiles. It is also easier to repair any damage to vinyl than other flooring types and is incredibly affordable – offering you realistic looking flooring that mimics real wood or tiles without the price tag. Vinyl flooring is also very durable, scratch resistant and water resistant.
Where are the best places for vinyl flooring?
Due to its durability, vinyl flooring is ideal for busy rooms which experience a lot of traffic. Wet or damp rooms where spills and stains are more likely can also benefit from vinyl flooring which is much easier to clean than some other flooring types and is water resistant. Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most popular rooms for vinyl flooring.
Does vinyl flooring need underlay?
Underlay is designed to protect your sub-floor and provide additional comfort and insulation beneath your flooring choice. While it is always recommended with laminate flooring and carpets, most vinyl flooring is unsuitable to be used with underlay.
How hard wearing is vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is very hard wearing. Resistant to moisture, scratches and stains, it can be fitted seamlessly into even high traffic rooms of the home and is ideal in kitchens and bathrooms where spills and moisture are more common. It can be repaired more easily than most other flooring types to give you great looking flooring for longer and requires very little maintenance to keep it clean and looking great.
How does vinyl flooring feel underfoot?
Like all flooring types, vinyl is designed to feel soft and comfortable underfoot. The thickness of the vinyl floor you choose will affect its comfort and you may want to lay underlay if you opt for thin vinyl or have a particularly hard or uneven sub-floor. Vinyl flooring can also be used with underfloor heating systems for added comfort and warmth.
How do you measure a room for vinyl flooring?
As with any flooring you should measure the room carefully before buying or fitting. Measure the length and width of your room and multiply the figures together to get the total surface area. For rooms which are not square, you may want to measure your room is sections and add each surface area together to get the total. Always allow an extra 10% when buying enough vinyl to cover your floor to allow for waste and to match any patterns.
Before you buy, you may need to measure up and do some calculations – take a look at our How to Lay Vinyl Flooring DIY Guide for more detailed guidance or book a free home consultation and get a professional to do all the hard work for you!
How do you lay sheet vinyl flooring?
We always recommend to have your flooring fitted professionally, however, if you choose to lay your vinyl yourself, clear the room of furniture and sweep the sub-floor before rolling the vinyl sheet over the floor. Trace the edge of the skirting with a gauge to ensure the vinyl is laying flat and fits tightly. Next, fold up half the sheet and apply adhesive before sticking the vinyl into place. Repeat with the other half of the floor; it may make sense work your way from the furthest part of the room back to the door.
Trim the edges with a sharp knife to remove any excess and limit traffic in this room for at least 24 hours to give the adhesive time to set. Use a floor roller to smooth the surface after fitting.
How to care for vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring can be easily maintained through regular cleaning. Make sure you brush away loose dirt and debris regularly and clean your vinyl with a damp mop every 1-2 weeks. Do not allow water or liquids to sit on the surface of your vinyl flooring for long periods as this can cause damage – always clear spills immediately.
Placing a rug or mat on your vinyl can protect it from lots of traffic and reduce the risk of scratches or damage but you must make sure the rug is non-slip to prevent it becoming a trip hazard. If an area of your vinyl floor becomes damaged then you may be able to repair or replace the section rather than buying a new floor.
Cut out the area of the floor that is damaged for sheet vinyl or remove the whole damaged tiles for LVT flooring. Replace with an appropriately sized piece of replacement vinyl sheet or vinyl tiles, matching up patterns as appropriate.
How do you clean vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is very easy to clean and requires little maintenance. Brush away loose dirt and debris with a soft broom on a regular basis and use a damp, but not wet, mop to remove stains and dirt. Some cleaning chemicals and detergents can be used with vinyl flooring but you should always read the label first.
Vinyl floor is non-absorbent so spills should be wiped up immediately to prevent damage and reduce the risk of slips.
Any rugs or mats placed on vinyl flooring should be non-slip to prevent slipping and you should ensure that any cleaning chemicals are safe to use. Always read the label.