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

Safety advice


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

patterns.


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

flooring.

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

warmth.

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.

Safety Advice

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.