Upon first glance, you might associate today’s vinyl floors with the negative stereotypes of vinyl floors from yesteryear.   However, today’s vinyl floors are so much better that it’s not even worth mentioning them in the same sentence, so we won’t…anymore!

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Today’s vinyl floors are grouped in the resilient category, meaning they are softer than hard floors (like hardwood or tile), but firmer than soft surfaces (carpet). For millions of homeowners, this resilient type of flooring surface is the perfect balance between the two.

Vinyl flooring is available in a huge array of styles and colors. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the highest end of vinyl flooring. It’s the perfect option to fit the needs of consumers who desire a wood or stone look in their homes but don’t want to spend as much money. Luxury vinyl tile uses advanced 3D imaging technology to transfer a photograph of natural material (e.g. wood or stone) directly to the tile.   Luxury vinyl also comes in plank (Luxury Vinyl Planks or LVP), used to emulate real wood planks.

Another type of vinyl is standard vinyl tile, sometimes called solid vinyl tile (SVT). Vinyl tiles are usually cut into large squares (12” by 12” and up) and must be applied to a flat surface. Even though vinyl tiles can be laid over existing surfaces, the addition of a subfloor can be a good idea. Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston can better identify the installation method you’ll need for vinyl tiles.

Sheet vinyl is also a commonly ordered vinyl flooring surface. Because it’s just one sheet instead of individual tiles, sheet vinyl offers a slightly more consistent surface. Sheet vinyl typically comes in six or 12-foot rolls and is more difficult to install. Our installation experts will measure the size of your room and cut the sheet to fit your space. Sheet vinyl is typically less expensive than vinyl tile.

We’re just getting started on our education of vinyl flooring. Please call with any additional questions! Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston offer free, in-home estimates from our mobile showrooms. We proudly serve the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas.

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