Choosing Vinyl Flooring

About Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Vinyl sheet is a multi-layered floor: a protective top layer usually made of urethane, an additional protective clear layer, a printed design layer and then the backing. The top layer protects against scratches and scuff marks while the clear vinyl layer helps to protect against gouges, rips and tears. The thickness and quality of this layer will determine the floor's durability and appearance retention.

Vinyl sheet is constructed with either a felt or fiberglass backing. New and improved fiberglass technology results in a more cushioning floor with more installation options.

Vinyl sheet goods popularity stems largely from its broad adaptability for use in any part of the home: high traffic areas such as hallways, family rooms and basements to wet areas including kitchens and bathrooms. Vinyl is extremely water resistant and therefore an ideal choice for rooms with a high moisture content. Vinyl application must be on flat, level surfaces. When selecting vinyl sheet for high traffic areas opt for thicker versions which will withstand constant wear and tear.

Vinyl sheet flooring will provide years of life provided if it is of good quality, properly installed and well maintained. Vinyl sheet needs no waxing, buffing or polishing. Regularly sweep or vacuum and an occasional mopping with a manufacturer recommended vinyl floor cleaner. Unlike many other types of flooring vinyl sheet, because of its water resistant properties, requires less urgency in cleaning up liquid spills on the flooring.

Vinyl sheet is not one of the more DIY friendly floors. Numerous homeowner installation issues arise when cutting the vinyl sheet to the correct size, seaming the vinyl, adhesive application, pattern matching and subfloor preparation. Sheet vinyl is heavy, bulky and difficult to work with. Rule of thumb, easier to leave it to professionals.

Industry standard installation will ensure that the subfloor be flat, dry and smooth. An embossing leveler may be required as a skim coat over textured surfaces to patch irregularities and fill in grooves. Substrate applications can be concrete, hardwood or plywood.

Luxury Vinyl and Vinyl Plank Flooring by Armstrong®

For lasting beauty, comfort, and unmatched performance, Alterna™ luxury vinyl tile delivers. There are two distinct Alterna luxury vinyl tile collections: Alterna and Alterna Reserve. Both Alterna collections are designed to capture the timeless look of natural stone flooring and ceramic tile, while providing a comfortable surface for everyday living. The Alterna Reserve collection maintains all the features of Alterna, but with the added benefit of more dramatic, high end stone visuals. All of the patterns within each collection can be installed with grout or without grout, for a true stone or ceramic tile look.

Slate and Stone Looks

The natural beauty of slate flooring and stone are captured in exquisite detail in Alterna and Alterna Reserve luxury vinyl floors. Armstrong uses an exclusive state-of-the-art manufacturing process that recreates the refreshing authenticity of real ceramic, quartz, travertine stone, slate, and marble. The result is a vibrant collection of floors with a natural texture that you can actually feel. Each tile offers a perfect blend of color and pattern for the most natural installed slate or stone floor visual.

Luxe - Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxe Vinyl Plank accurately represents real hardwood colors and textures for beauty in a vinyl product. Luxe Vinyl Plank comes in authentic plank lengths and widths, featuring beveled edges and ends. Luxe Vinyl Planks bring you superior performance. It's waterproof and is easy to install on any level in your home, thanks to built-in LYNX™ Technology; integrated pressure-sensitive adhesive tabs.