Wondering what type of flooring to add to your home? Consider vinyl flooring, which is beautiful and stands up well in high traffic areas. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville look deeper into some basics and benefits of vinyl flooring.

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Types of Vinyl Floor Products

Homeowners and business owners in the Huntsville and Madison County areas have a choice between thin, flexible vinyl tiles or a thicker board with a tongue-and-groove, snap together feature. Both options create a wonderful floor, though vinyl planks can mimic the noise you get when walking on a hardwood floor. Vinyl tile dampens noise.  Vinyl boards are much like laminate flooring but they are somewhat flexible.

Installation Options for Vinyl Planks or Tile

These products are either glued down or installed as a floating floor. Vinyl tile is always glued down and each tile comes either with an adhesive back or is installed using glue. Vinyl plank flooring can be glued down, but the easiest way to install it is to use the tongue-and-groove floating floor method. We recommend you have our experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville handle the installation process for you.

Works Well on Many Subfloors

Vinyl is an extremely soft flooring surface. As such, the subfloor must be prepped so that all imperfections, cracks, and seams are removed. For most applications, this is accomplished with wood or floor filler. If the subfloor is smooth, the application of vinyl should be perfect.  This is why we strongly recommend having our experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville help with the preparation of your subfloor.

Stands up to High Traffic

Because vinyl is softer than most floors, it provides a cushion when you walk on it. It will also spring back if damaged. For this reason, it works well in hallways, entryways, kitchens, and even bathrooms.

Vinyl does have a nemesis and that is heat. Heat makes vinyl really flexible and if the tiles are glued down, heat can cause them to lift or peel up from the flooring. So installation should always take heat into consideration. Caring for vinyl floors is fairly easy. Just use cool water and a mop.

Vinyl tile was first used in a commercial setting where its flexibility made it the perfect choice for grocery stores and offices. Those positive traits transfer well to home environments. With a professional installation by Floor Coverings International Huntsville, a beautiful vinyl floor can be yours in a single day.

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