Vinyl Flooring - Floor City USA
Inlaid sheet vinyl flooring vs. printed cushion vinyl flooring
Inlaid vinyl floor products will resist the rips, tears and burns far better than printed cushion vinyl floor products. New innovations like ToughGuard backing from Armstrong help cushion vinyl floors resist tearing.
Residential inlaid vinyl flooring products are generally 6' wide and will require seams while most printed cushion vinyl flooring products are available 12' wide and can offer seamless installation. However, most residential inlaid vinyl flooring product patterns are designed so the seam falls in a grout line and therefore not obvious to the eye.
In recent years, backing materials have been affected by back staining. Ask for newer backings like Armstrong's ToughGuard, which are designed to resist back staining.
Most residential sheet vinyl flooring offer no-wax performance and a wide variety of colors and patterns. Some commercial rated inlaid vinyl flooring products require waxing.
Generally speaking, cushioned vinyl flooring is the most economical of all flooring choices.
Some products are designed to help you reduce subfloor preparation costs.
As with ceramic tile, vinyl flooring installation demands properly prepared subflooring. Many of the printed cushion vinyl flooring products are very thin. When they are installed with a full spread of adhesive over a poorly prepared subfloor, irregularities can telegraph through. Products designed for perimeter installation will greatly reduce the effects of subfloor irregularities while lowering subfloor preparation costs. In fact, many of these products can be installed over your existing flooring. Dragging heavy objects across the floor can result in permanent damage to vinyl flooring surfaces.