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Vinyl Flooring: How It’s Getting Better and Better

Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the cheap flooring of the past. Here are some of the ways that you can invest with confidence in vinyl plank floors.

Classified as resilient flooring material along with linoleum, cork, and rubber, vinyl made a name for itself as a water-resistant, low-cost flooring material in the 1940s. But, it also gained a reputation of being something of a “that’ll do” kind of floor covering as opposed to one that truly adds value or long-lasting endurance.

But, vinyl flooring has evolved since its humble beginnings. Today, vinyl is known for its innovative design, colorful patterns, and easy installation. A popular flooring material for kitchens, bathrooms, and high-traffic areas, vinyl is now finding its way into living rooms and offices. No longer a stopgap solution, vinyl flooring deserves a closer look at how this flooring surface wins favor among 21st-century homeowners.

Vinyl flooring matches any home décor

Whether your home decorating style is retro chic or modern minimalist, vinyl flooring can help you get the look you want for your home. Vinyl flooring comes in many colors and patterns, and it can mimic natural materials, such as marble tiles or white oak planks.

Complete the look for your country-style kitchen with a fine detailed wood grain layout, or at least the very convincing look of one, although this time in a surface that deflects moisture. Try a rustic modern look using a light-colored vinyl plank flooring with white kitchen appliances for a striking sense of visual contrast.

Dark vinyl tiles with sparsely decorated walls will give your home a spacious, uncluttered look. To match a modern, earthy décor, use vinyl planks that match your existing wood or use a contrasting color to make your floor stand out on its own.

Thanks to a greater emphasis on surface detail in modern vinyl flooring, you’re free to blend home decor styles with greater confidence, just as you can with natural materials; a rustic wood surface balanced against stark modernist walls, for instance. This approach works well for rooms with an open layout, such as a dining room and kitchen area or a living room and entryway.

Vinyl flooring lasts for years

Scratch-resistant, spill-resistant, dent-resistant, and stain-resistant, vinyl flooring can handle high-traffic areas of your home for decades and still look great. The reason vinyl can hold up so well has to do with vinyl flooring’s manufacturing.

The top layer of vinyl flooring, called a wear layer or a mill layer, protects your floor from damage. Consider your flooring mill layer carefully for high-traffic areas of your home. These days, the core of a vinyl plank floor has become more sophisticated as well, strengthening each plank for longer-lasting performance.

The type and thickness of the mil-layer dictates how durable your vinyl floor will be. A vinyl floor’s mill layer is often urethane, which resists stains and stays shiny without polishing. Additional coatings, such as aluminum oxide, resist scratches and increase durability. The more coatings and the thicker the mil-layer you have, the higher the price will be.

Vinyl comes in versatile formats

Vinyl flooring is versatile. You not only have a choice of colors and patterns, but also shape and size. Select from three basic types of vinyl flooring for your home.

The simplest, and cheapest, vinyl flooring is sheet vinyl. This style comes on a roll that you cut to fit your room’s dimensions. When installed properly, sheet vinyl fits together tightly to prevent spills and moisture from leaking through.

Designed to look and feel like wood, vinyl plank flooring comes in the same size, shape, pattern, and texture as planks. This type also has beveled edges like real hardwood floors, but you don’t have to worry about moisture or water damage. Vinyl plank flooring is easy to maintain and install.

Luxury vinyl tile can be made to look like expensive materials, such as stone or slate. Using a high quality photographic layer, luxury vinyl tiles look like real tile, but a texture layer makes them feel like the natural material they’re simulating. Use grout between luxury vinyl tiles to make the look even more convincing.

Vinyl Is Easy to Install

While you can also call a professional to do the job for you, many varieties of vinyl flooring are designed for the beginner level DIYer. With this in mind, epending which type of vinyl flooring you’ve chosen and the size of the area you’re covering, you could have a vinyl floor in your home in short order, and on budget.

Vinyl flooring is typically installed with an adhesive on top of your underlay. You then press the vinyl flooring to the adhesive. Vinyl planks and tiles are typically easier to install than sheet vinyl, since you work with rigid pieces of vinyl, not a large roll of material. Some vinyl tiles come with an attached underpad, so you don’t need to worry about whether to use an underlay.

When you install a vinyl floor, work from the back of the room toward the door. Limit the amount of foot traffic across your newly installed flooring and adhesive. Keep out of the room for 24 hours to let the adhesive cure properly.

Vinyl is suited to every room in your home

With its moisture-resistant properties, vinyl flooring is ideal for your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, where high moisture levels and spills are prevalent. But don’t think you should ban vinyl flooring from other rooms in your home.

Consider realistic wood vinyl planks in your home office or living area. Their durability can stand up to the weight of the feet of your furniture. Vinyl planks are easy to care for and won’t need to be polished or waxed.

Colorful vinyl tiles in your family’s playroom won’t dent when block towers fall or when tiny toys get crunched underfoot. When messes happen, vinyl is easy to clean with a broom or mop.

Vinyl makes for minimal upkeep

A vinyl floor doesn’t require much maintenance, and caring for the floor is easy. Simply sweep or vacuum dust and debris, and mop or wipe up spills. Modern vinyl flooring doesn’t require polishing or buffing. With vinyl tiles in your entryway, you can easily wipe up mud, snow, or other debris that makes its way inside. A vinyl entryway will resist dents and scratches from years of foot traffic.

Vinyl floors are durable, but they’re not indestructible. Use a stain remover for vinyl floors if stains develop over time and clean scuffs with a soft bristle brush. Never use an abrasive scrubber such as steel wool on your vinyl floor, as this product will dull the surface shine.

Give modern vinyl flooring a chance and get ready to be impressed by its durability, choice of patterns, range of colors, realistic textures, and easy installation. Modern vinyl is beautiful and stylish — just like you and your home.

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How to Install Vinyl Flooring

So you have picked a stunning vinyl flooring product for your renovation project, and the material has arrived. Whether you are installing it yourself or calling in a professional contractor, it is important to follow these steps before you begin the installation process. Although this part of your renovation can be challenging, the work you put into installing your flooring will be worth it in the end – beautiful, durable and easy-to-maintain floors are a fantastic home feature! Of course, proper installation is necessary for achieving the outcome you want. With that in mind, check out these steps for installing your vinyl plank flooring.

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Vinyl vs. Laminate: What's the Difference?

When you’re looking for budget-friendly, easy-care flooring options, vinyl and laminate are often the first two suggestions you’ll get. While these two types of floors have much in common, they have a few key differences that are important to consider when deciding upon which one to install in your home. If you’re not sure whether vinyl or laminate is right for you, use this guide to help you make the right decision for your needs!

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Vinyl Flooring from BuildDirect

When you've got a busy lifestyle, you need a flooring solution that is easy to install quickly, but sturdy enough to last for the long haul. Odds are you’ll also want a stylish look suited exactly to your tastes, but you won’t want to break the bank to get it. Well, good news! Vinyl flooring from BuildDirect is just the thing. Each product in each line you’ll find here is designed to look great, as well as to provide incomparable surface performance and convenience, with a level of versatility that expands the possibilities in homes and offices.

Our vinyl makes creating continuous flooring surfaces is easy. And here at BuildDirect, we work closely with industry innovators, bringing you the latest products that make it even easier. For realistically patterned surfaces, sturdy wear layers, cutting edge locking systems, and even some waterproof products that can only be found at BuildDirect, our lines of WPC, Rigid Core, and Vesdura vinyl floors are designed to help you to stylishly, and affordably, transform your space.

Vinyl flooring from BuildDirect is designed to:

  • Be almost identical to a natural surface, and endure in space where natural surfaces aren’t always practical
  • Be easy and fast to install, with innovative locking systems, and floating floor and glue-down installation options
  • Be abrasion-resistant, fade-resistant, moisture-resistant
  • Be low-maintenance, with just a damp mop to keep it looking like new
  • Be easy to buy with a protection rating that we’ve developed to help you choose the right product to match the kind of traffic your space usually gets; advanced protection, intermediate protection, and basic protection

Vinyl flooring protection rating at BuildDirect

Here’s BuildDirect’s exclusive guide to wear layers applied across our vinyl products.

Advanced protection:

Typically 0.5mm and thicker, starting at 25 year residential warranty & 7 year commercial warranty.

You can use these in any residential setting, and in commercial settings, too. With Advanced protection, your vinyl floor has a strong wear-layer for more protection against denting, scuffs, scratches and staining from everyday household activities.

Intermediate protection:

Typically 0.3mm to 0.5mm thickness, starting at 15 year residential warranty.

Products with this protection rating are ideal for residential installations, and light commercial ones, too. Like the Advanced protection, this rating for protection has a mid-range wear layer compatible with pet traffic, kids, and spills.

Basic protection:

Typically less than 0.3mm, starting at 10 year residential warranty.

This protection rating is best suited for lower-traffic areas in a residence; bedrooms, guest rooms, dining rooms, and anywhere feet aren’t constantly on the move, and where sources of stress aren’t as common. Yet, these are still reliable choices for these areas.

Why buy vinyl flooring from BuildDirect?

BuildDirect is in direct partnership with vinyl floor manufacturing innovators who are invested in making every product they create into surfaces you can be proud of. They’ve moved these unique products from the temporary floors of another era, and brought them into the modern age to appeal to the 21st Century buyer. Each selection of vinyl flooring is designed to perform for the long-term.

And because we are closely linked with industry experts, and with fewer parties in between, there are fewer costs associated with bringing these high-quality products to market. Fewer costs on high-quality vinyl floors mean lower pricing. That’s how we’re able to deliver exemplary value to you, without sacrificing the quality you expect.

We’re here to help!

Explore our great selection of low-maintenance, high-performance vinyl flooring and feel free to ask one of our friendly BuildDirect product specialists if you have any questions. Call us toll-free at 1-877-631-2845.