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Vinyl flooring comes in many shapes and forms these days. Vinyl plank flooring or luxury vinyl plank (LVP), is probably the most popular type in today’s market. You will also find various grades and styles of vinyl floor tiles and sheet vinyl flooring. Floors Direct is your “shop at home” solution for the best in high style and high durability vinyl flooring in New Jersey.

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is also commonly referred to as luxury vinyl plank, LVP, or waterproof vinyl plank flooring. This type of vinyl flooring has become one of the most popular flooring options in today’s market. Its popularity stems from the fact that the styles are gorgeous, it’s incredibly durable and most of them are 100% waterproof. These floors not only look good but they stand up to high traffic areas and busy family lives. A high percentage of the styles are being manufactured with locking tongue and groove systems that click together and are installed by “floating” them over the subfloor. There is no need for any glue or nails. The majority of the styles of luxury vinyl plank are meant to look like wood, but there are also some that simulate stone or ceramic tile. The style selection includes modern looks and colors, antiqued and weathered wood, distressed looks, and wide width planks. For better durability choose a product that has a 20 mil wear layer and is between 6 and 8 mm or thicker overall. For the more budget conscious, choose a product with a 12 mil wear layer. When installing vinyl plank in a commercial setting it will typically be what is known as solid vinyl plank and it will be glued down using special adhesive.

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Vinyl Floor Tiles

Vinyl floor tiles give you the look of ceramic or natural stone but are significantly warmer and more resilient. For the best quality and best design options, you want luxury vinyl tile or LVT. The quality of what is labeled LVT can vary as well. The highest quality products are 1/8″ thick and also have a 20 mil wear layer. This grade of tile is usually rated for light commercial or full commercial use so you know it will hold up well in your home. Generally, luxury vinyl tile will be installed by the glue down method. Some are “groutable” vinyl tiles that can be installed with spacers and then grouted with a non-staining acrylic grout. This makes them look even more like the real thing. Your friends and family won’t know the difference. 

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Sheet Vinyl Flooring

This is the type of vinyl that we all grew up with, sheet vinyl flooring. Although, today’s styles are fresh and modern. Sheet vinyl flooring comes in various grades and will typically be one of the most affordable types of vinyl flooring. Sheet vinyl is tough, stain resistant, waterproof, and easy to maintain. Residential sheet vinyl comes in 12′ widths to reduce seams. Installation methods vary, some must be glued down while others can be taped down or loose layed. Commercial sheet vinyl is usually manufactured in 6′ widths and they are almost always glued down. The seams can be heat welded and the vinyl can be run up the walls to create what is known as flash cove. Sheet vinyl flooring can be a great choice for any project or budget.

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Choosing the Right Type of Vinyl Flooring

Each type of vinyl flooring is specified based on a number of factors. Before selecting a new vinyl floor for your home there are a few things to consider. Of course the look is of primary concern but you will also want to consider what area of the house it is going in, what type of traffic and use it will receive, your budget for the project, and last but not least, what condition your subfloor is in.

Subfloor Types 

The different types of basic subfloors include sound, dry, concrete, plywood, OSB, particle board, and gypcrete. Generally, all of these will be suitable for either a floating installation or a glue down installation granted that the subfloor is in relatively good condition. Some products are floating only, some are glue down only, and some can be installed by either method.

Subfloor Requirements For Different Types of Vinyl Flooring Installations

Floating Vinyl Flooring Installation

Floating vinyl floors are a little more forgiving than the types of vinyl that require a “glue down” installation. Even though a floating floor is a little more forgiving, you still need your subfloor to be flat. Flat does not necessarily mean level. You just don’t want any major hills or valleys because they create spongy, bouncy areas on the floor that will undermine the integrity of the locking system and cause your floor to separate over time. Each manufacturer will give their recommended tolerance ie. 1/8″ over 10 linear feet. Occasionally some minor prep is required to feather down a high spot or fill in a low one. Some waterproof vinyl flooring products may still recommend using a moisture barrier and or sound absorbing underlayment when installing over on grade or below grade concrete.

Glue Down Vinyl Flooring Installation

Glue Down vinyl floors typically require a little more subfloor preparation prior to installation. Ideally, you want to have as smooth and dust free of a surface as possible to achieve the best adhesive bond. Furthermore, as the adhesive dries, it pulls the flooring down into any imperfections. Deep pockmarks in concrete, plywood seams, even old flooring, can possibly “telegraph” through the new vinyl floor if the subfloor is not prepped properly. Thinner, less expensive, vinyl sheet goods often require a higher degree of prep to make the final product look good. Patching, skim coating, or the installation of 1/4″ luan may be required to achieve the desired outcome. If your subfloor is very wavy and not suitable for a vinyl plank or vinyl tile, sheet vinyl flooring may be your only option. The sheet vinyl can contour itself to the shape of the subflooring.

Vinyl Flooring provides unbeatable durability, low maintenance, and is stunningly beautiful The newest trends in luxury Vinyl and LVT flooring are one of the hottest in the industry today. With styles that can match the look of reclaimed wood, lush oaks, maples, stone, and tile, the options are endless. Vinyl  fully  is a sturdy, and flexible flooring product. Being non-porous makes it an ideal flooring solution for moisture susceptible areas of the home and office. It is very easy to clean and withstands high traffic very well. See below to get inspired from a few designs from our suppliers. We pride ourselves for using the best products in the market today from the best suppliers int he industry. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment contact us today!

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