What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl is a fully synthetic floor made from layers of PVC and fibreglass. These materials are easy to produce, making this type of flooring incredibly cheap – especially when compared to solid wood flooring and engineered wood. It’s also easy to install, often waterproof, and designed to replicate more expensive floor styles.
Where Should I Lay a Vinyl Floor?
Vinyl tile flooring is ideal for nearly every room in your home. The most popular rooms are bathrooms and kitchens, where waterproof floors are required. But cushion lino flooring is also great for other spaces too. As these floors are finished to look like more expensive styles, they can be ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and hallways – especially if you don’t have the budget for real wood or laminate.
If you’re a business owner, it’s also worth considering this type of floor for commercial use. With easy installation and upkeep, it’s often the best choice for ensuring a quality finish at the cheapest cost. Brands like Polyflor, Safety Flooring and Tarkett are well known for their use in commercial spaces from salons to hospitals and shops to gyms.
How to Install Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring rolls are the easiest type of flooring to install by yourself. Check out our quick guide below or visit our comprehensive guide to installing vinyl floors.
- Take your new cushion flooring out of its packaging and allow it to acclimatise in its new environment for 24 hours.
- Prepare your subfloor. Ensure it is clean and dry. Because floor vinyl is soft, bumps will show once your flooring is installed – a subfloor prevents this.
- Once your floor has acclimatised, cut your floor to the size of your room. It’s recommended to add an extra 15cm to your dimensions in case you run short. This can always be trimmed away afterwards.
- Lay your floor lino over the subfloor. Your method of sticking the floor down depends on the size of the room.
- For a small room of 12 metres squared or less, you can get away with loose installation, where no glue or tape is required.
- For rooms between 12 and 25 metres squared, it’s recommended to use tape. A double-sided tape underneath the sheet of vinyl floor covering will suffice.
- For rooms over 25 metres squared, glue is best to keep the cushioned vinyl flooring in place.
Wondering why there’s no use of underlay in these steps? Find out in our guide to why you don’t need underlay for a vinyl floor.
How to Maintain Vinyl Flooring
While lino flooring is the easiest type of flooring to care for, it still needs a little TLC. Most of these are precautious methods to avoid damage. For example, it’s helpful to use a flooring covering such as a doormat to avoid any dirt getting in and scratching your floor. With any heavy furniture, you can place padded floor protectors underneath – for example, under the legs of chairs that could tear your vinyl floor tiles.
When it comes to cleaning this flooring, water and a mop will do the trick. If you want an extra sparkle, a mild cleanser will help clean without damaging the floor.
If you are unsure which flooring is best for you, take advantage of our free samples and test them in your home before making your purchase. Alternatively, contact one of our flooring experts today by calling 0330 100 00 15.
With such a wide choice of flooring available to buy both in-store and online it can sometimes be difficult to make a decision when it comes to installing the perfect flooring in your home. At Factory Direct Flooring we’ve taken a look at why vinyl flooring is the best choice for you and which one you should opt for.
What is the best vinyl flooring?
Our aim at Factory Direct Flooring is to always supply the perfect flooring solution to each and every customer. If you’ve already decided that vinyl flooring is the perfect solution for you and your home, then we’ve taken a look at exactly which vinyl in particular will be best based on the three categories of durability, style and your budget.
The best for durability
Vinyl is an incredibly resilient synthetic product, able to survive in the moisture heavy environments that other floors are unsuitable for, such as bathrooms and kitchens. It’s also very low maintenance, needing only regular brushing and a damp mop to keep it looking as good as new. Able to withstand splashes, steam cleaning and heavy foot traffic without showing signs of wear, this flooring is perfect for busy households.
This flooring is incredibly easy to lay, coming in a singular sheet or individual vinyl tiles. Many vinyl options also come with a built in anti-bacterial property in their construction which make them perfect choices for the home. The more durable choices in our range are supplied by a variety of brands and provide brilliantly realistic wood and tile looks in a range of colours and effects. As vinyl becomes more expensive its durability also increases, as does its visual quality. For these reasons we do recommend obtaining as durable a vinyl as your budget permits.
The best for style
At Factory Direct Flooring we pride ourselves on being able to supply a fantastic selection of floors and vinyl flooring is one option in particular where our variety is especially extensive. Our range in vinyl comes in light, medium and dark shades, or in white, grey, black or natural wood tones. They also come in either sheet versions, which are cushioned and simple to install, or tile versions.
The brands that supply our extensive stock of include such excellent brands as Aqua Plank, Ecostep, Aqua Tile, Rhinofloor, Leoline, Tarkett, Avenue, Karndean, Titan Supreme, Cosystep, Texstep, Acousflor and Engrave. Each of these brands supply styles of realistic looking wood or tiles in various types of stone effects. Whether you wish to use vinyl in your bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom or office, we’re sure to have the perfect vinyl flooring to suit your personal style.
The best for budget
The prices for our vinyl flooring begin at £5.70 per square meter in our most cost friendly price range, with the more expensive options in this category consisting of Rhinofloor’s Elite and Super Deluxe ranges in a variety of styles and priced at £11.96. The majority of the options in this category come in the single sheet version of vinyl which is incredibly easy to install. It can be applied directly over old flooring, needing only a clean and even surface for a proper fitting.
It’s also very versatile, able to withstand the general scuffs and scrapes that occur in daily life, including moving furniture, pets and children. And, if your vinyl floor does become damaged, it’s easy to remove and cheap to replace.
At Factory Direct Flooring we pride ourselves on supplying superior service to every single customer, catering to their specific flooring requirements and helping with any and all queries. Impressive in its durability, range and ease of installation, vinyl flooring is a superb choice for many environments in both the home and office.
Our flooring experts will be more than happy to help if you require further information on the best vinyl floor solution for you. Feel free to give them a call on 0330 0 100 15 and we at Factory Direct Flooring will do everything we can to help.