Vinyl Flooring

What you need to know about vinyl flooring

Whether you want the look of natural wood, slate or other stone, or colored tile that complements your home's decor, vinyl flooring will fit the bill. Unlike traditional wood flooring, you won't have to rip out your existing flooring to install new vinyl flooring, nor will you need extensive renovation experience. Installing vinyl flooring is a breeze because it is simply applied over top of your existing floor in the form of a sheet or flat tiles. And because it doesn't deface your old flooring, removing vinyl flooring is also simple and requires no special tools — making it easy to change your mind or your décor.

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Vinyl Flooring Brands

When you're shopping for vinyl flooring, look for the following brands, which consistently perform well in consumer tests and surveys. Congoleum manufactures vinyl flooring for both residential and business settings and produces literally hundreds of different styles, colors and patterns. Congoleum vinyl flooring is highly resistant to stains, water and mildew, and is incredibly easy to clean.

Another good choice is Armstrong vinyl flooring. This venerable brand's Urban Settings line is designed to resemble smooth limestone in bold shades such as moonlight white, copper and claret — perfect for that contemporary look! Or, for attractive discount vinyl flooring, choose the Armstrong Memories line, available in a wide range of low-key natural stone and wood plank styles.

Installing Vinyl Tile Flooring

Installing vinyl flooring is simple enough that you won't need extensive experience or special equipment. Always make sure to measure carefully using either a chalked line or a level, and also clean your existing floor properly according to the vinyl tile manufacturer. If you choose peel-and-stick tiles, your installation couldn't be easier: just peel off the backing and stick the tile down in the correct location, pressing it firmly into place.

It's also important to plan for installing vinyl in areas around the walls, door jambs and other edge locations because you won't usually be able to use entire tiles. You'll want to measure carefully to find out how much of the edge tiles to trim. Use a tile trimmer or razor blade to cut all the way through the tile along the pre-measured mark, then peel and stick as usual.