At Flanagans we have a flare for flooring, whether it’s staring at a beautiful hardwood flooring all day or doing something more practical with our time – pretty much everything we do involves floors. And vinyl is a fantastic option for those looking for affordable and elegant flooring for their home, and now vinyl has gotten a bit upgrade with felt backing.
What is vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is a surprisingly resilient synthetic flooring that has flooded the market in recent decades with easy-to-lay waterproof sheets. Sheet vinyl is quicker to lay than tiles and can be laid in one seamless sheet if you’re doing a small room. Felt backed vinyl adds all the benefits of using an underlay as you would with carpets or laminate and wood floors. A felt backed vinyl provides more warmth, is softer to the step, and help extend the life of the flooring.
Variety of design options Vinyl can be laminate, wood, tile effect or stone effect, the finish can be a light, medium or dark shade, and choose between 2/3 or 4m widths with most vinyls, with all these choices vinyl gives you more options than a box of Bertie Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts.
Easy to clean Vinyl is very low maintenance. Sweep it regularly and occasionally go over with a damp mop, job done. There are coatings available as well, protection against fading, scratches, stains and moisture marks.
Affordable Vinyl sheet and tile are among the most affordable flooring available, cheaper than ceramic tiles, floating wood tiles, carpet, hardwood, engineered wood, bamboo, cork and stone!
Installation is easy, Vinyl can be glued or nailed over sub-flooring. As ever, it is important that the floor is as clean and level as possible – this helps ensure any new vinyl flooring will be even and well supported. Protective knee pads should always be used when laying new flooring. And of course keep sharp objects out of reach of children.
Preparing the room for any vinyl floor Ensure to remove furniture in the room in which vinyl flooring will be installed. Contact a gas engineer about safely disconnecting and reconnecting gas appliances.
After the installation Spend the first 24 hours avoiding seamed areas or these will warp, after then vinyl will be good to go. If an adhesive has been used to lay the vinyl, do not replace appliances for a minimum of 24-72 hours after installation and avoid mopping for about five days. The adhesives need time to cure.
Protect vinyl flooring by covering the legs of furniture with felt protectors – a good tip with any wooden floor to be honest.