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101 Facts About Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a versatile and durable flooring material that's suitable for just about any room in the house. We sat down with Fred McClellan - owner at State College flooring superstore Jr's Quality Tile & Hardwood - to discuss vinyl flooring.

 

What is vinyl flooring?  
This is a type of resilient flooring made from polyvinyl chloride chips. It comes in sheets or tiles. Premium versions are also available. These mimic real stone, marble, and wood.  
 
What are vinyl tiles?  
Two types of vinyl tiles exist inlay and rotogravure. Tiles sizes generally come in 9”x9” and 12”x12” squares  
 
What’s inlay vinyl tile?  
Inlay varieties have multiple layers of PVC fused together, which means the color goes through from front to back.  
 
What’s rotogravure vinyl tile?  
Unlike inlay, this variety uses a thin layer of vinyl that uses vinyl paint. It uses a protective coating.  
 
Is vinyl flooring durable?  
Yes, it’s primarily used in commercial settings and clean rooms for its durability.  
 
Is vinyl flooring good for heavy foot traffic areas?  
The vinyl flooring experts in State College recommend inlay vinyl for heavy foot traffic, but rotogravure does hold up to normal amounts of traffic too.  
 
Is vinyl flooring easy to install?  
It can be, but it depends on your skill, the room size, and the type of flooring you’ve chosen. DIY kits are an option.  
 
Can you use vinyl flooring outside?  
No, it’s not recommended for outdoor use. Colors are prone to fading in direct sunlight.  
 
Does extreme heat damage vinyl flooring?  
Yes, extreme temperatures can damage your floors.  
 
Is vinyl flooring impact resistant?  
For general household use, yes, but they can be damaged from heavy or sharp objects.  
 
What types of patterns and colors does vinyl flooring come in?  
Your State College flooring store offers an array of patterns, colors, and luxury vinyl tiles.  
 
Is vinyl flooring expensive compared to other flooring types?  
No, it’s actually one of the least expensive flooring solutions on the market, and it’s the most affordable among resilient flooring options.  
 
How is vinyl flooring installed?  
You can DIY or book an expert installer from your neighborhood State College flooring store.  
 
What are some common mistakes people make when they install vinyl flooring?  
• Mistaking sheet flooring for linoleum  
• Not measuring properly before you cut  
• Installing your flooring without letting it acclimate to your environment.  
• Not smoothing out your floor  
• Installing on the wrong type of surface  
 
What’s the difference between vinyl flooring and laminate?  
Vinyl uses 100% plastic and laminate uses 99% wood product. Because of this, vinyl is a better choice in moisture prone areas like bathrooms, basements, and entrance areas.  
 
Do you recommend vinyl flooring for kitchens?  
Vinyl flooring performs excellently in kitchens due to it being easy to care for and clean.  
 
Do you recommend vinyl flooring for bathrooms?  
Your vinyl flooring experts in State College believe vinyl is one of the best choices for bathroom flooring since it offers 100% water and moisture resistance.  
 
Where do you not recommend people install vinyl flooring?  
Don’t install it in:  
• Outdoor areas like decks  
• Indoor/outdoor areas where heat and direct sunlight can damage it  
 
Can vinyl flooring be installed over concrete?  
Yes, just be sure the floor is free of debris.  
 
Can vinyl flooring be installed over existing vinyl flooring?  
If your existing vinyl floor is one layer thick and in good shape, you can install it directly over it. You will need to clean it thoroughly before installing an underlayment.  
 
 
How much does vinyl flooring cost?  
The average cost is $2.50-$3.30 per square foot. Your choice of tile and room size can vary the cost. If you choose to DIY, your price per square foot might be lower.  
 
 
What’s the difference between premium vinyl flooring and less expensive options?  
Premium flooring, usually called luxury vinyl tile, generally uses a limestone based material and other composites. A digital graphic film on top allows it to look like stone, wood, or marble. They are almost indistinguishable from their real counterparts, and they’re highly durable floors that require little upkeep.  
 
How thick is vinyl flooring?  
It ranges from 2mm to 5mm in thickness.  
 
Is vinyl flooring a green environmentally friendly flooring option?  
It can be, but it will depend on the manufacturer of the tile. Vinyl tile won’t be the greenest option among all flooring choices.  
 
How do you clean vinyl flooring?  
You can use any spot cleaner suitable for vinyl floors, or you can use natural cleaners. Regular sweeping and mopping help keep your floors clean.  
 
Does vinyl flooring need a foam underlayment?  
Our vinyl flooring experts in State College believe an underlayment creates a smoother finished floor, extends the life of your tile, and aids in supporting your floor. For LVT installations, using a foam underlayment can increase the acoustics and make it sound like the real deal.  
 
Is vinyl flooring waterproof?  
Vinyl flooring contains a PVC backing that is impervious to water. In cases of flooding, you should still remove as much water as possible, but for simple spills, small puddles, or minor water leaks, you can let the flooring dry on its own.  
 
Is vinyl flooring comfortable to walk on?  
Yes, it’s soft and comfortable to stand on for long hours.  
 
How long does vinyl flooring last?  
Your flooring will last about 15 years.  
 
What is printed vinyl?  
Printed vinyl can offer texture, designs, and colors unavailable in standard vinyl. Some companies can create custom tile too.  
 
What’s fiberglass reinforced vinyl flooring?  
This more ridged construction offers you more stability and moisture resistance. It’s also easier to install for the average do-it-yourself job.  
 
What are the advantages of vinyl tile as opposed to vinyl sheet flooring?  
Tiles are generally easier to install than sheet flooring, and it takes less time for even a novice. Plus, you can custom cut tiles to match your room. Another advantage with tiles is the ability to apply grout to give an authentic feel and look.  
 
Is vinyl flooring stain resistant?  
Vinyl flooring is highly resistant to stains.  
 
What are the advantages of hiring a professional to install vinyl flooring?  
Two large advantages to hiring out are no need to purchase tools and a professional is quicker than the average homeowner. Other reasons to hire a professional could include reducing the error margin and for installing custom designs.  
 
Is vinyl flooring a budget friendly flooring option?  
Vinyl flooring is one of the lowest cost flooring options, and you will find multiple budget-friendly styles.  
 
Does vinyl flooring come with any backing?  
Either felt or fiberglass will back your vinyl flooring.  
 
Can in-floor heating be installed underneath vinyl flooring?  
Yes, radiant floor heating performs well installed under vinyl. Be sure to keep the temperature 80 degrees or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  
 
Can vinyl flooring warp?  
While warping is rare, when you expose it to extreme heat or cold, your vinyl can warp.  
 
Do you recommend vinyl flooring for basements?  
Vinyl flooring makes an excellent choice for basements since water and humidity won’t damage it.  
 
Do you recommend vinyl flooring for laundry rooms?  
Generally, yes, vinyl does well in laundry rooms.  
 
Is vinyl flooring a good option for commercial spaces?  
Vinyl flooring is perfect for commercial spaces. With LVT, you can customize your floors to reflect your business too.  
 
Can you use a steam mop on vinyl plank flooring?  
Yes, you can use a steam mop to regularly clean and sanitize vinyl plank floors.  
 
Can damaged vinyl planks be replaced if damaged?  
It’s a relatively simple fix to replace your damaged planks as long as you have extras and/or the style of flooring is still available.  
 
Can heavy furniture damage vinyl flooring?  
Heavy furniture that’s stationary won’t damage floors, but vinyl can be damaged when dropping heavy furniture on the floor.  
 
What can be done to protect vinyl flooring from heavy furniture?  
To prevent dents from heavy furniture you can use rugs, runners, or line the bottoms with felt.  
 
What is a “floating” vinyl floor?  
This is a vinyl flooring option that doesn’t require glue or nails for installation.  
 
Can I use vinyl flooring in my motorhome?  
Using vinyl flooring in your motor home is an excellent choice for both ease of installation and for cleaning.  
 
Does vinyl flooring require a sealant?  
Sealing can be done after you’ve installed your floor and reapplied every 2-4 years.  
 
Is vinyl flooring rigid or flexible?  
Vinyl flooring has a lot of flex to it, which makes it perfect for multiple situations, rooms, and subfloors.  
 
 
What is vinyl tile made out of?  
PVC is the main component in vinyl tile.  
 
Is vinyl the same as linoleum?  
No, though sometimes people use them interchangeably. Linoleum’s main component is linseed oil. It also comes in rolls and has different installation requirements than vinyl.  
 
Is vinyl flooring scratch resistant?  
It’s part of the resilient flooring family and holds up well to scratches.  
 
What do you use to cut vinyl plank flooring?  
A vinyl tile saw is best, but you can also use a heat gun and a utility knife. Be sure to hold the gun far enough away so not to damage the vinyl.  
 
Is vinyl flooring a good option for people with pets?  
Because it’s excellent for resisting scratches and in high traffic areas, vinyl is a great choice for pet lovers.  
 
Can you install vinyl plank flooring over linoleum?  
As long as your linoleum is clean and free of heavy damage, you can install a vinyl floor over it.  
 
For a do-it-yourselfer, is it easier to install sheet vinyl or vinyl plank flooring? Why?  
Vinyl plank flooring provides you will less of a learning curve when it comes to installation. You also have less room for error. Sheet vinyl can be trickier and pose more issues if incorrectly installed.  
 
Is vinyl flooring easy to stand on for long periods of time?  
Vinyl floors are comfortable without adding special underlayment because they’re flexible.  
 
What are some examples of vinyl flooring printed surfaces available?  
Hardwood, marble, and stone are the most common printed surfaces available for vinyl tile.  
 
How thick is vinyl plank flooring?  
Vinyl planks range from 2mm-5mm in thickness.  
 
What’s the difference between vinyl plank flooring and vinyl tile flooring?  
Plank flooring comes in strips. Vinyl tiles typically come in squares. Manufacturers design planks to mimic hardwood floors.  
 
Should I glue my vinyl flooring? What are my options?  
Glue is recommended for permanent floors. Another option is if you choose a floating floor.  
 
Does vinyl flooring need a moisture barrier? Why?  
Generally, you should always use a moisture barrier. This is especially true if your subfloor is concrete because moisture from the floor can rise upward and warp or damage your tile.  
 
What’s the best subfloor to install vinyl flooring over? Why?  
Both concrete and plywood work well as a subfloor. You need a level and sturdy foundation to build your layers on to ensure your installation is successful and that nothing will damage your new tile.  
 
Is vinyl flooring a popular flooring choice?  
Vinyl has been a popular choice in flooring since the 1940s.  
 
What’s the difference between sheet vinyl flooring and tile vinyl flooring?  
Sheets are installed in one or two pieces. They are economical, but the choices are limited. Tile vinyl has endless design options, types, and can be installed nearly anywhere.  
 
What is a no-wax finish vinyl floor?  
It’s a finished vinyl floor that you shouldn’t apply wax to. Instead, you should damp mop to clean and care for your floors.  
 
What is a urethane finish vinyl floor?  
This is a low maintenance vinyl floor finish.  
 
What is an enhanced urethane finish vinyl floor?  
This finish allows for the most protection against stains and damage for your floor.  
 
What maintenance does a vinyl floor need?  
Vinyl floors require little extra work beyond your normal cleaning schedule.  
 
Does sunlight damage vinyl flooring?  
Direct sunlight can damage vinyl floors, but light coming in from windows won’t harm them.  
 
What has changed about vinyl flooring in the last 10 years?  
Trends, designs, and options have improved over the past few years, and they keep improving. Greener practices are finding their way into vinyl flooring too.  
 
What is luxury vinyl tile?  
This term varies between manufacturer, but it generally represents custom-made tile and tiles that mimic upscale flooring options like marble, hardwood, and stone.  
 
Can luxury plank flooring look like wood?  
Yes, and it can appear so realistic that visitors don’t know it’s not real hardwood.  
 

Can vinyl flooring look like marble?  
Yes, and this includes the satin to high gloss sheen marble can have.  
 
Is tile or vinyl flooring cheaper?  
Both are roughly the same price, but luxury vinyl tile will be more expensive.  
 
What is layered construction of vinyl flooring?  
Manufacturers vary, but the layers generally consist of vinyl layers in varied thickness. They layers themselves contain PVC chips, which heat and pressure are used to form the sheets.  
 
Is vinyl flooring mildew resistant?  
Yes, it is generally resistant to mildew because of the backing.  
 
Is vinyl flooring stain resistant?  
Yes, it will resist many common stains.  
 
What are click and lock vinyl floors?  
This is another name for a floating floor.  
 
What is the best vinyl flooring option for do-it-yourselfers?  
Floating floors or click and lock are the easiest flooring option available for handy homeowners. They don’t require special tools or glues.  
 
Do vinyl tiles require grouting?  
No, but you can improve the aesthetic quality of your floors by using grout.  
 
What do you use to glue vinyl flooring down?  
Vinyl glue specially formulated for floors is the best type of glue to use. This ensures a proper bond to your underlayment.  
 

Do you need to wax vinyl floors?  
This will vary between manufacturers and styles. Some floors are specifically labeled as no wax and those shouldn’t be waxed. Waxing other vinyl floors prolongs their beauty, enhances shine, and protects your floor.  
 
Does vinyl plank flooring vary in width?  
Yes, the range is 6-12” inches in width.  
 
Does vinyl flooring resist scratches?  
Yes, vinyl flooring will resist even the toughest scratches, such as pet nails.  
 
What types of wood does vinyl plank flooring replicate?  
Ash, maple, oak, cherry, and a vast array of domestic, imported, and exotic lookalikes can be discovered.  
 
Is vinyl plank flooring more expensive than wood?  
While wood has a hefty up-front cost, it can be the least expensive in its lifespan. If you’re looking at upfront cost only, vinyl plank flooring is less expensive.  
 
Is laminate flooring more expensive than vinyl plank flooring?  
The costs are similar between the two flooring types, but laminate comes with more limitations than vinyl plank flooring.  
 
What brands of vinyl flooring do you carry at your store?  
We carry an array of choices from **FRED - WHAT BRANDS DO YOU CARRY?** 
 
Do vinyl flooring planks feel like real wood?  
They can feel so real that even you will forget they’re actually vinyl. 

 

To learn more about vinyl -or any other type of flooring - visit State College's flooring superstore - Jr's Quality Tile and Hardwood.