QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is vinyl flooring? How long do vinyl floors last? Find answers to those questions and more below.
Today’s vinyl has come a long way from what you might remember as grandma’s vinyl floors. Vinyl, or “resilient flooring,” can be defined as sheet vinyl, or as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) or luxury vinyl planks (LVP). Vinyl continues to be an extremely durable, and fashionable, flooring choice with outstanding warranties and a gorgeous array of design and style to suit every room in your home. In sheet vinyl, Flooring America/Flooring Canada offers an exclusive brand called NatureCore which features today’s styling and color pallets. Our LVT and LVP collections offer durability with sophisticated or rustic looks to meet every need.
Typically an ‘underlayment’ is installed below a vinyl floor to create a moisture resistant seal, to reduce telegraphing (when imperfections on the subfloor are visible through the LVT) and to reduce sound resonance on the floor. In some cases LVT products come with a fiberglass, cork, or foam backing that eliminates the need for underlayment. In these cases the floor can be installed directly onto the subfloor or floating over an older, existing floor.