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When you hear “vinyl”, do you think of vinyl records, vinyl shower curtains, or vinyl flooring? Do you cringe when you think of vinyl flooring? If you do, don’t worry - many people still do. In fact, vinyl flooring’s reputation is incredibly outdated - let’s go ahead and blame that one on the vinyl flooring of the 1970’s. While the durability and quality of prints was acceptable for that point in time, it just does not live up to today’s standards of attractiveness and versatility. Unfortunately, these early dated memories and attempts at a resilient floor are still held firmly in some minds, leading to many misconceptions and questions about the differences.


Vinyl flooring is one of the most versatile flooring options, making it one of the fastest growing categories in the industry. Low cost, this durable material is perfectly suitable for many residential and commercial spaces. When it comes to vinyl flooring products, Rubber Flooring Inc offers a variety of sizes, styles, and installation types. Many gorgeous and high quality images mimic the look of stone and wood at price points that can fit into any budget. Unlike expensive hardwood flooring, vinyl can be installed anywhere and is super easy to clean and maintain. Spills can easily be cleaned up with the swipe of a dust mop. Below, we will help you understand a little more about vinyl flooring and (hopefully!) help you to make the right choice for your space.


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Typically vinyl tiles come in square sizes to closely replicate the look of natural stone tiles. In the past, popular sizes have been around 12” x 12”, but with the changing trends tiles have gotten larger (18” x 18”) and even changed to rectangular sizing (18” x 36”). This has allowed for unique installations as well as interior decorator “magic” if you will. Fun fact: larger tiles tend to make a small room appear bigger, just as smaller tiles can make a room appear more busy.


Vinyl planks are most often made to recreate the look of real hardwood flooring, and cut in traditional wood style sizes where the width of the plank is significantly more narrow than the length. Historically, common vinyl planks sizes have been around 6” x 36”, but as the trends change new planks are coming out wider and longer, for a more comparative look to hardwood floors. .


Vinyl sheet flooring comes in the form of a roll, and is often around 12’ wide. The size of such a large roll can make handling and installation a little bit more difficult when compared to a tile or a plank. You might be thinking - “Well that doesn’t sound fun, why choose a vinyl sheet then?” Luckily, with all of the videos and blogs online, there is a plethora of information to help even an amateur DIYer install their vinyl rolls with ease. Additionally, sheet vinyl flooring is often much lower in cost per square foot than tiles or planks. There are also many different types on the market, including padded bottom to provide comfort underfoot, fiberglass backing/padding that allows the roll to be installed without adhesive, and even high quality prints for a realistic stone or wood look.


Vinyl flooring is quickly gaining popularity in homes across the country due to its attractive appeal, durability, low cost, and ease of maintenance. The beauty of vinyl flooring is that it can be installed in any room and on any level, making it ideal for anywhere in the home. Whether tiles, planks, rolls, stone look, wood look, or whatever else, all Rubber Flooring Inc vinyl products work well in residential applications.


FlooringInc also offers many vinyl flooring options for commercial applications. These durable tiles and planks are specially designed with thick wear layers meant to hold up to heavy foot traffic. Commercial flooring needs to be resistant to scratches and dents. They are for for installation inside a residential home, but the thickness and durability may be a little overkill. Commercially rated vinyl flooring is ideal in spaces like retail stores, salons, studios, restaurants, office buildings, and many other areas with high amounts of dirty shoes shuffling around.


Installation Options

Peel and stick products are just that: you cut your tile or plank to fit, peel off the backing and then stick the tile in place. Don’t worry if you mess up - tiles and planks can be quickly pulled up and re-positioned. Once tiles are properly in place, press down to make sure the tiles form a secure bond.


Interlocking tiles and planks have a mechanism built into them around the border that allows each piece to slide into the tile next to it. Adjacent pieces are locked together, which interlocks the entire floor. This creates a floor that “floats” without the need for glue.


Some of our vinyl products have been specially designed to be put directly on the floor without any glue, interlocking, or sticking mechanism. These are thicker, less flexible than other options, and only require double sided carpet tape to be laid around the perimeter of the flooring to ensure the tiles do not slip. Vinyl sheet rolls can also be installed without the use of glue if they are fiberglass backed - just be sure to check the manufacturer’s warranty as sometimes it is required to be glued to stay within warranty.


Loose lay vinyl products are taking the world by storm for their ease of installation that is perfect for even beginner DIYers. You don't need to worry about messy glue or difficult interlocking systems with these products. All that is needed is a strip of double sided carpet tape placed around the perimeter of the room, lay the flooring and viola - beautiful flooring!


Glue Down:

We often recommend a simple double sided carpet tape installation, however, a more permanent installation may be desired. Vinyl rolls, tiles and planks that do not have an interlocking system can be glued down for permanent installation to ensure the floor does not move. It is important to choose a pressure sensitive adhesive so that if a mistake is made, the tile can be quickly and easily pulled and and placed into position correctly.


Wear layer

The wear layer is the protective layer that is meant to take the heavy foot traffic abuse, like the protective coating for paint on a car. It helps to protect the flooring from scuffs, dents, scratches, gouging, etc.. As a rule of thumb: the thicker the wear layer, the better resistance. Thickness is measured in mils: 1 mil being approximately equal in thickness to a page in a telephone book. Remember, it is always important to have entrance mats at doorways to remove excess dirt and rocks from shoes which could be tracked in and scratch the floor surface.


Wear Layer Ratings - what do they mean?

  • 6 mil is considered “Good” - appropriate for residential use.
  • 12 mil is considered “Better” - great for residential and light commercial.
  • 20 mil is the “Best” - Commercially rated, high traffic environments. Suitable for the home, but could be overkill.