Your vision of vinyl might be a little outdated. If when you hear vinyl flooring you see a small choice of colors and lack of interesting patterns, allow us to paint an entirely different picture for you. Today’s vinyl flooring has joined the ranks of tile, laminate, and carpeting in offering you beautiful products, a spectrum of colors, and virtually endless pattern and configuration options. Long gone are the shiny, plastic-looking floors that are easily dented and ripped. Many of these new stylish products emulate the look of natural stone, slate, or ceramic tile, and can fit into any budget.
Traditionally, vinyl flooring was found in kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry areas. This was because vinyl was a practical and functional option in active households. Today’s vinyl is known to be cushiony and warm underfoot and thanks to innovations in design and performance, vinyl flooring is at home in any room in your house.
As you move up the vinyl flooring price range, there are many benefits. In terms of product selection alone, more versatile patterns, colors, and textures will be offered to you. Some premium vinyl offers premium wearlayers. These are enhanced with aluminum oxide, which provides exceptional resistance to scratching. Today’s premium wearlayers offer superior resistance to stains, scuffs, and scratches. This is worth noting if you live in an active house with kids and/or pets. More importantly, these wearlayers make clean-up a breeze. You’ll also notice that as you move up in quality, you get enhanced performance constructions, designed to protect your floor from rips, tears, gouges, and permanent indentations.
The decorating rule of thumb still applies to vinyl flooring in relation to room size and color. Lighter floor colors will make a smaller room appear larger, while darker colors will absorb the light and create a more intimate setting. When working with vinyl flooring patterns, a smaller pattern works well in small areas or in rooms where the pattern will be visually interrupted with pieces of furniture. However, keep in mind that large flooring patterns can sometimes actually visually expand a room.
When considering vinyl flooring styles, you’ll also want to consider any printed fabric on your furniture or wallpaper in the room. If the fabric or wallpaper is a large-scale print, you’ll want to look at smaller patterns for the floor. Conversely, if you have a small-scale pattern in the fabric or wallpaper, you’ll want a larger pattern for the flooring.
Vinyl flooring products come in a selection of gloss levels to suit your needs. The lower the gloss level, the more forgiving your floor will be to the daily wear of foot traffic. Choose your gloss level accordingly.