About Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring has long been one of the most popular types of flooring used in the United States. Over the years this material has evolved to include a large array of designs and effects. Vinyl flooring is also referred to as “resilient” flooring due to its ability to “give” when weight is placed on it. It is used in both commercial and residential settings.
Sheet: There are three basic categories of sheet—homogeneous, inlaid and layered composite. This type of vinyl is composed of “sheets” of polymer materials and comes in 6 or 12 foot widths. This translates into fewer seams when installed.
Tile: The basic categories of tile vinyl are vinyl composition tile (VCT), and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). VCT is usually less expensive to install. There are other differences between these two materials that are worth noting:
VCT – Vinyl Composition Tile
- Porous — comprised of a small amount of vinyl, limestone, and other filler material
- Design and pattern choices are limited
- Requires regular maintenance including stripping, waxing, and polishing.
LVT/LVP – Luxury Vinyl Tile/Plank
- Hard surface — made from 100% vinyl
- Initial expense is higher
- More durable
- Requires less maintenance
- More versatile in design capabilities
The Wear Layer
An important consideration when choosing vinyl is the wear layer. The wear layer is the top layer of the vinyl and usually has a urethane-based coating that helps maintain the original appearance and allows for minimum maintenance. The layers range from 4 mil to 40 mil. The layer to choose depends on how much traffic there will be. Commercial installations usually use a 10 mil top layer.
ABC Flooring Center – Your Choice for Vinyl Flooring
Our team at ABC Flooring have the experience and knowledge to help you with choosing the vinyl flooring that suits your needs. Browse our Products page and give us a call at 850-877-6600 for a free consultation.