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Why vinyl flooring is a good choice for your home

Today, vinyl flooring comes in a wide variety of designs, including wood, stone, and tile looks, as well as florals, geometrics, chevrons, herringbones, hexagons, checkerboards. Thanks to modern technology, vinyl just keeps getting better and better. Moreover, it is affordable, functional, highly water-resistant, easy to maintain, and uncomplicated to install. If you’re thinking of putting vinyl flooring in your home, we put together a guide to help you get the floor you love.

What is vinyl flooring?

First, we’ll tell you what it isn’t. It’s not that ultra-thin, yellowish material with the fake seams that you may remember from decades past. Vinyl is a multi-layered product with backing in foam, felt, fiberglass, or vinyl that gives it a strong foundation. A fiberglass backing prevents the material from curling during a loose lay installation, foam and felt add a comfort level, making it easier on joints. A vinyl backing is the most durable, and that typically is installed with the glue-down method.

There is a top, clear wear layer that protects the flooring from wear and will affect longevity. If it breaks down, the image design layer can become damaged and fade, so be sure you get one with a protective top coating such as clear aluminum oxide. Although it’s available in many thicknesses, the best one is at least 20-mils.

Vinyl flooring installation techniques

There are two main techniques for this flooring: glue-down, loose lay, and modified loose lay. Glue-down is, as it sounds when the material is fastened with special adhesives. Since foam, felt, and vinyl backings are prone to curling edges, this is recommended. Loose lay means the material hovers over the subfloor with no nails or glue needed, and a modified loose lay means it hovers but is secured with adhesives in some places. Since a fiberglass backing keeps the material lying flat, this can be a loose lay or modified loose lay with double-sided tape. Subfloors must be clean, dry, and level, and porous enough to bond with the adhesives in all cases.

For vinyl flooring in Bedford, IN, look no further

As uncomplicated as it is, sheet vinyl flooring should still be done by a professional because the correct installation will ensure great appearance, performance, and longevity. The floor needs to be cut precisely to size, so seams are minimized, and sometimes subfloors will need to be sanded to level them out; otherwise, subfloor imperfections will telegraph to surface floors.

Let us tell you about our vinyl flooring installations at the Axsom's Floor Covering showroom in Bedford, Indiana. We service Bedford, IN, Oolitic, IN, Mitchell, IN, Shawswick, IN, Bloomington, IN, Springville, IN, Heltonville, IN, Fayetteville, IN, && Orleans, IN and surrounding areas. Come in for some information, inspiration and a free vinyl flooring quote.