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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.