Vinyl Flooring: Buying Guide 2022

Vinyl Flooring: Buying Guide 2022

Article by Mo Gaffar

Versatile vinyl flooring is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns to complement any space and thanks to its durable design, it can be used in even the busiest areas of the home. A stylish and practical choice, it is also easy to install, making it perfect for a fast room refresh. Explore this vinyl flooring buying guide to find all the details you need to pick the right product for your living space.

What is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is made from several layers of synthetic material for strength and stability, finished with a surface layer that recreates the look of wood or stone. It also has a tough, transparent wear layer that protects the design from scuffs and scratches. This decorative finish allows you to achieve the appearance of floorboards or tiles for a lower price and with less ongoing maintenance.

Types of vinyl flooring

The two most popular types of vinyl flooring are sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile, or LVT. 

Sheet vinyl is manufactured on a roll and cut to size to fit a space, allowing full coverage of a room with few or no seams. 

Luxury vinyl tile comes in individual pieces which are fitted one by one, which makes it a great choice for creating an authentic tile or plank pattern. 

Both types of vinyl come in a selection of styles, including wood-effect vinyl which mimics the natural knots and grain of timber, and tile-effect vinyl which is an affordable alternative to a tiled floor. Patterned vinyl is also available to add a geometric feature or fun design to a room.

Why choose vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is a smart choice if you are looking for a low-maintenance material that is easy to clean, as any spills can be quickly wiped away with a damp cloth. This makes it a good option for those with young children or pets, because muddy boots and pawprints won’t be a problem. 

Vinyl is also softer, warmer, and quieter underfoot than real tiles, which can help make your home feel cosy and inviting. It is also water-resistant and suitable for fitting in a kitchen, bathroom, or utility room.

Straightforward to install, some vinyl flooring can be fitted without underlay, saving time and money when updating a room. For those looking to design a living space without radiators, some vinyl is also compatible with underfloor heating. Meanwhile, those with allergies will appreciate how easy it is to sweep away dust and pet hair.

Which room is vinyl flooring suitable for?

Thanks to its durable and easy-clean design, vinyl flooring can be used throughout the home. 

Kitchen

In a busy kitchen, any cooking spills can be quickly wiped up, and splashes from the washing up bowl won’t damage the floor. 

Lounge and bedroom

In the lounge or bedroom, the cushioned feel of vinyl will make relaxing much more comfortable and is great for little ones playing on the floor.

Dining room

A tough wear layer means that vinyl doesn’t scratch, which is handy in a dining room where chairs are moved every mealtime.

Hallways

High traffic areas like hallways are also a good spot for vinyl flooring, as it won’t scratch or stain, and any muddy footprints can soon be cleaned away.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, this water-resistant material will make a stylish yet functional addition to the space.

How to look after vinyl flooring

Hassle-free cleaning is one of the main selling points of vinyl, but there are still a few tips to follow to keep your vinyl floor looking its best.

  • Regularly use a soft brush or gentle vacuuming to remove dust and dirt so the design of your flooring always shines.
  • Liquids will puddle on the surface of vinyl flooring, so wipe any spillages immediately and use a well-wrung mop or damp cloth to clean the floor.
  • Most stains can be removed with warm water and soap, but bicarbonate of soda is safe to use on vinyl should a tougher stain occur.
  • Never use abrasive scourers which could damage the surface of the floor.
  • Check any cleaning products are suitable for use on a vinyl floor before applying and look out for pet and child-safe formulations for added peace of mind.

Discover more in our showroom

Carpet & Flooring World Oakham has a well-stocked showroom where you can explore a variety of vinyl flooring samples for every home and budget. Our team will also be on hand to help you pick the perfect product, so visit us in store or get in touch to learn more about our shop at home service – bringing our samples to you for simple shopping.