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Why we love vinyl flooring - and you will too

When introduced to the U.S. market in the 1930s, vinyl flooring was highly praised for its durability, affordability, and easy care. Over the years, it has evolved into a flooring material with two more characteristics: high-end style and complete waterproof abilities. If you haven't taken a look at it recently, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the assortment. There's truly something for everyone.

Standard sheet

Today's standard sheet comes in florals, geometrics, herringbones, wood looks, and encaustic tile-looks. Technology has given us embossing, so the floors have depth, dimension, and textured appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. While it can be glued, this vinyl also has a fiberglass backing that enables it to lie flat, so you can do a loose lay where no adhesives are needed.

Composite tiles (VCT) are known for strength, making them an excellent choice for high traffic floors in busy areas. They come in large color palettes and pattern collections, do not fade, and resist noise. Installation is glued-down or peel-and-stick.

Luxury vinyl: a premium product

This is a more recent advancement of the standard sheet product. It comes with true-to-life images of wood, stone, or tile, all available in an almost unlimited number of colors and designs. The images are taken with 3D photography and printed digitally, so they are clear and vibrant, showing knots, wormholes, raised grains, and color/veining variations.

The luxury version is thicker than the original vinyl; it should be at least 8-mm, but higher for a more authentic hardwood feeling. It can be cut into square, groutable tile-sized pieces (called LVT flooring) or cut strips mounted on boards to simulate hardwood (called vinyl plank flooring). Some people also use planks for stone looks because of the more continuous, large format, fewer seams, while others feel the extra seams of LVT give it more realism.

Waterproof vinyl floors

This version offers the highest level of protection from water and moisture. They come with technologically advanced cores, WPC(wood plastic composite) or SPC (stone plastic composite), and won't peel or ripple no matter how much water they're exposed to or for how long. The only difference between the two is the feeling; SPC is a little more rigid.

Our staff of experts can tell you more about vinyl flooring and how it can transform both your home and your life. You'll be glad you came into the Carpet Mart showroom in Red Deer, Alberta. You'll walk away with knowledge, inspiration, and a free quote. We offer free in-home estimates if that is more convenient for you. We service communities in and around Red Deer, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Lacombe, AB, && Blackfalds, AB.