A practical and affordable flooring choice
Vinyl flooring is a great option for those looking for a fuss-free functional floor for their home.
Ideal in kitchens and bathrooms but equally suitable throughout the
home, vinyl is available in a range of different styles that allows it
to fit seamlessly into any design scheme. Read this handy guide for all
you need to know about sheet vinyl flooring, including:
Types of vinyl flooring
What is vinyl flooring?
Benefits of vinyl flooring
How to measure a room for vinyl flooring
How to lay sheet vinyl flooring
How to care for vinyl flooring
Wood Effect Vinyl Flooring
Wood effect vinyl flooring is designed to mimic real wood flooring
but offers plenty of practical benefits. It requires little maintenance
and is designed to have a realistic-looking textured surface that
imitates wood grain. It is available in various shades – from rich oak
to painted grey – and is made to look like real planks so you’d never
guess it wasn’t the real thing.
Tile Effect Vinyl Flooring
Tile effect vinyl flooring mimics real tiles for an attractive and
practical flooring solution. Choose between delicate mosaic styles and
large tile designs that look like real granite or marble in a range of
colours to match your interior decor.
Mosaic Vinyl Flooring
Part of the tile effect range of vinyl flooring, mosaic effect vinyl
is sold in sheets or larger tiles which are designed to mimic real
mosaic tiled flooring but are much easier to lay. Choose between a range
of colours and styles which include traditional and modern mosaic
Modern Vinyl Flooring
Perfect for newer homes, modern vinyl flooring is available in a
range of styles and designs to suit any home. From gloss black to bright
mosaics and neutral tile effects, there’s something for every home and
you can even fit modern vinyl in more traditional homes for a style
contrast and to modernise specific rooms.
What is vinyl flooring?
A synthetic, man made material, vinyl is a combination of a plastic
made from ethylene and chlorine which boasts numerous benefits when used
as flooring. To decide if it’s right for you, consider the benefits and
uses it has around the home.
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring has many benefits around the home. It is available in a
great selection of styles so it can match any decor, is easy to clean
and simple to install; either as a vinyl sheet or separate tiles. It is
also easier to repair any damage to vinyl than other flooring types and
is incredibly affordable – offering you realistic looking flooring that
mimics real wood or tiles without the price tag. Vinyl flooring is also
very durable, scratch resistant and water resistant.Where are the best places for vinyl flooring?Due
to its durability, vinyl flooring is ideal for busy rooms which
experience a lot of traffic. Wet or damp rooms where spills and stains
are more likely can also benefit from vinyl flooring which is much
easier to clean than some other flooring types and is water resistant.
Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most popular rooms for vinyl
Does vinyl flooring need underlay?
Underlay is designed to protect your sub-floor and provide additional
comfort and insulation beneath your flooring choice. While it is always
recommended with laminate flooring and carpets, most vinyl flooring is
unsuitable to be used with underlay.
How hard wearing is vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is very hard wearing. Resistant to moisture, scratches
and stains, it can be fitted seamlessly into even high traffic rooms of
the home and is ideal in kitchens and bathrooms where spills and
moisture are more common. It can be repaired more easily than most other
flooring types to give you great looking flooring for longer and
requires very little maintenance to keep it clean and looking great.How does vinyl flooring feel underfoot?
Like all flooring types, vinyl is designed to feel soft and
comfortable underfoot. The thickness of the vinyl floor you choose will
affect its comfort and you may want to lay underlay if you opt for thin
vinyl or have a particularly hard or uneven sub-floor. Vinyl flooring
can also be used with underfloor heating systems for added comfort and
How do you measure a room for vinyl flooring?
As with any flooring you should measure the room carefully before
buying or fitting. Measure the length and width of your room and
multiply the figures together to get the total surface area. For rooms
which are not square, you may want to measure your room is sections and
add each surface area together to get the total. Always allow an extra
10% when buying enough vinyl to cover your floor to allow for waste and
to match any patterns.
Before you buy, you may need to measure up and do some calculations –
take a look at our How to Lay Vinyl Flooring DIY Guide for more
detailed guidance or book a free home consultation and get a
professional to do all the hard work for you!
How do you lay sheet vinyl flooring?
We always recommend to have your flooring fitted professionally,
however, if you choose to lay your vinyl yourself, clear the room of
furniture and sweep the sub-floor before rolling the vinyl sheet over
the floor. Trace the edge of the skirting with a gauge to ensure the
vinyl is laying flat and fits tightly. Next, fold up half the sheet and
apply adhesive before sticking the vinyl into place. Repeat with the
other half of the floor; it may make sense work your way from the
furthest part of the room back to the door.
Trim the edges with a sharp knife to remove any excess and limit
traffic in this room for at least 24 hours to give the adhesive time to
set. Use a floor roller to smooth the surface after fitting.
How to care for vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring can be easily maintained through regular cleaning.
Make sure you brush away loose dirt and debris regularly and clean your
vinyl with a damp mop every 1-2 weeks. Do not allow water or liquids to
sit on the surface of your vinyl flooring for long periods as this can
cause damage – always clear spills immediately.
Placing a rug or mat on your vinyl can protect it from lots of
traffic and reduce the risk of scratches or damage but you must make
sure the rug is non-slip to prevent it becoming a trip hazard. If an
area of your vinyl floor becomes damaged then you may be able to repair
or replace the section rather than buying a new floor.
Cut out the area of the floor that is damaged for sheet vinyl or
remove the whole damaged tiles for LVT flooring. Replace with an
appropriately sized piece of replacement vinyl sheet or vinyl tiles,
matching up patterns as appropriate.How do you clean vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is very easy to clean and requires little maintenance.
Brush away loose dirt and debris with a soft broom on a regular basis
and use a damp, but not wet, mop to remove stains and dirt. Some
cleaning chemicals and detergents can be used with vinyl flooring but
you should always read the label first.
Vinyl floor is non-absorbent so spills should be wiped up immediately to prevent damage and reduce the risk of slips.
Any rugs or mats placed on vinyl flooring should be non-slip to
prevent slipping and you should ensure that any cleaning chemicals are
safe to use. Always read the label.