Vinyl floor­ing

Got your eye on Hayley’s fabulous floor? We’ve got the low­down…

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What you need to know about this floor­ing op­tion

Vinyl floor­ing is hard wear­ing, durable and easy to lay. it is also much softer and warmer un­der­foot com­pared to stone tiles. Plus, it’s more for­giv­ing and a breeze to keep clean. a re­cent surge in pop­u­lar­ity is bring­ing more mod­ern, trend-led de­signs to the market.

What is it made from?

The core ma­te­rial is a man-made syn­thetic called polyvinyl chlo­ride resin (PVC). Vinyl floor­ing once con­tained harm­ful volatile in­gre­di­ents that, un­der­stand­ably, put home­own­ers off but now it’s com­pletely safe and can even be re­cy­cled.

Should I choose tiles or sheet vinyl?

Sheet vinyl, aka rolled vinyl, comes in one piece that’s cut to the size of the room. it’s typ­i­cally the cheaper op­tion, al­though the new breed of cus­tom-printed sheet vinyl (try Za­zous or atrafloor) is costlier but worth it. Stan­dard rolls come in 2-4m widths, so you may need to suf­fer a join in big rooms. Vinyl tiles are rigid, and come in packs – some of­fer su­per-easy, stick-on in­stal­la­tion. luxury Vinyl Tiles (lvts) are the top-end op­tion, with prices rang­ing from £40-£165sq m. They of­fer ex­cel­lent rigid­ity (no wrin­kles) as well as in­su­la­tion and sound ab­sorp­tion, and they work with un­der­floor heat­ing.

How can I check for qual­ity?

Thick­ness is a good in­di­ca­tion of qual­ity, for both sheet and tiled vinyl. Cheap sheet vinyl starts at 1.1mm-thick, which will make it pretty easy to fit but not ter­ri­bly long-last­ing. Go for at least 3.5mm. lvts tend to mea­sure around the 5mm mark. also look for anti-slip coat­ings, par­tic­u­larly in the kitchen and bath­room. amtico’s new ure­thane layer, Quan­tum Guard, en­hances dura­bil­ity.

Can I fit it my­self ?

Sheet vinyl can be cut with a Stan­ley knife and is pretty easy to fit in a stan­dard room. Hone your skills on a small area first. Vinyl tiles are in­stalled sim­i­larly to ce­ramic tiles and many come with click-fit edges that slot to­gether jig­saw style. Pre­par­ing a flat sub­floor is es­sen­tial and a lev­el­ing com­pound or de­cent un­der­lay is worth the ex­tra ex­pense.

Is it easy to main­tain?

Clean­ing is straight­for­ward with a vac­uum and mop. Use vinyl-safe floor cleaner – noth­ing abra­sive – and wipe up any spills straight away. Pro­tect the floor from chair legs with felt pads or cas­tors.

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