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Is a Vinyl Flooring the Right Fit?
Monday, August 10, 2015

Sure, from everything the industry talks about, there appears to be no downside to vinyl flooring (the only possibility being that both sheet vinyl and vinyl tile derive from man-made materials). While you may have scoured every other flooring blog and multiple sources before reading this piece, it won’t be another post about how vinyl is the best floor currently on the market. No, those are topics for other sites. Instead, today’s focus is on determining if a vinyl floor is the right fit for your setting.

Before jumping straight into why sheet vinyl or vinyl tile may or may not work for the room, building, or setting you’re thinking of, for those who aren’t too familiar with this can-do-it-all floor choice, there are a few basics (read: positives) to know:
  • You may know that basically every variation of vinyl flooring is water resistant, but a vinyl floor that has been installed properly is almost basically impervious to water or moisture penetration.
  • There is no need to call a professional crew or purchase a bulky cleaning device with a vinyl floor. Whether it’s sheet vinyl or vinyl tile, both styles of this floor choice are low maintenance. Sure, in a busy home or office, dirt, dust, and other gunk can gather, but with vinyl, regular cleaning just calls for a quick sweep. For a deeper clean, vinyl flooring typically needs a damp mop and cleaner that has been vinyl-approved.
  • The core of sheet vinyl and vinyl tile floorings is none other than … vinyl, which is known to be a durable material. When installed correctly and thoroughly maintained, a vinyl floor can last anywhere from 10 to upward of 20 years — in either a residential or a commercial setting.
So how do you determine if vinyl flooring is right for the area you’re thinking of? Well, before you go answering any rhetorical questions, there are a few questions you have to ask yourself (and possibly your employer) of whether or not you should install this flooring choice. The questions CDC Distributors recommends considering — as a flooring distributor and all — include the following:
  • Which type of vinyl would work better for me: sheet vinyl or vinyl tile? The latter includes luxury vinyl tile as well. Each form comes in a large range of color and design possibilities that continue to expand as you read this. However, prices between the two types (and other options) can vary, so this question may depend on your budget.
  • If your new vinyl floor ever gets severely damaged, would you rather replace the entire floor or remove the affected area and replace it with a patch? Or, would you rather simply replace the tile? With sheet vinyl, the first two choices are the primary options when there is severe enough damage. With vinyl tile, the last choice is the leading option for severely damaged tiled floorings.
  • Where is this vinyl floor going to be installed? As it’s a tough floor, it can withstand an area with heavy foot traffic. And yes, it can even stand up to pets, strollers, shopping carts, and the like.
  • Will you be installing the sheet vinyl or the vinyl tile yourself, or will you have a professional handle the floor installation? Whatever installation you choose, you will have to factor the process into your budget.
Once you’ve answered what your own personal preference is (and maybe there are a few more questions that popped into your head), start to browse all of the commercial vinyl floor options we offer, and both the sheet and tile vinyl flooring options we offer for residential settings.

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