Vinyl Flooring Installation
Vinyl flooring is a great choice for floors because it is relatively easy to install and, once installed, offers great benefits. Typically, this type of flooring is installed in places like kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms because it tends to be more water resistant than other flooring. Vinyl flooring is also very easy to clean and maintain. On top of all of this, vinyl flooring is cost effective and, because it doesn’t require a ton of installation time, is very efficiently installed.
Vinyl flooring is, generally speaking, very good at resisting water and water and water damage. Because this type of flooring is not installed in planks, like wood flooring is, there aren’t grooves that can collect excess water. Vinyl is also not porous in the way that wood is, so when water does spill on to these floors, is doesn’t seep in to the material; causing damage to your floors or underlayment. Vinyl, depending on the type and price, can also be stain resistant. In these types of floors, the vinyl is more tightly woven so that water and stains, both, will not seep in to the flooring material.
Underlayment or Not?
One of the great things about a vinyl flooring system is that, generally, vinyl flooring does not need to be installed on top of underlayment. Vinyl flooring can typically be installed directly on top of sub flooring. Underlayment, however, can be a good option because it has a number of benefits. Underlayment can help to even out sub flooring, giving a level surface to install your vinyl floor on. Underlayment can also provide a layer of noise reduction, which is nice if this type of flooring is being installed on a second story of a home or apartment.
Another great benefit of vinyl flooring is that is has a relatively low install time. Because vinyl isn’t installed piece by painstaking piece, like wood floors are, it goes in rather quickly. The part of this process that actually takes the longest is letting your vinyl flooring acclimate to the temperature and climate of your home. Typically, flooring is sent over in advance of your install, where it can set in the climate of your home, expanding or contracting as needed. This helps with install, because it makes the vinyl even. Once this happens, vinyl can go in in about a day.
Easy to Clean
The other huge benefit of vinyl flooring is that it is incredibly easy to clean. Vinyl flooring can be swept on, clearing dust and dirt. Vinyl flooring can be vacuumed, to remove large pieces of debris and to help keep it dust free. And, the best thing about vinyl flooring, is that it can be mopped. Because vinyl flooring is water resistant, a mop can be used directly on top of it, keeping the flooring completely clean. Vinyl will also dry out, on its own, so, once you are done mopping, there is no need dry!