When it comes to flooring choices, vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable flooring options available. Depending on which type you choose, you can save up to 70% over other flooring materials. Over the years, vinyl flooring has become more attractive and can serve as a great, low-cost option especially in bathrooms and kitchens. At Harmon Flooring, we carry vinyl floors from the best manufacturers including Armstrong, IVC, Mannington and Tarket. Visit our showroom in Lee’s Summit and you’ll be surprised at the number of attractive vinyl flooring options you can choose from.
Our installers are Armstrong Certified Installers, and are all in-house employees. We like to know that the products we sell are installed properly to our high standards.
Two Main Types of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is available in two different varieties – sheet or LVT (luxury vinyl tile). Sheet vinyl is typically manufactured as one continuous piece of vinyl in 6-foot or 12-foot widths, while LVT is manufactured in individual squares (usually 9, 12 or 18-inch) or in planks. Both types of vinyl flooring have advantages.
While sheet flooring is more water resistant and is easier to install, many homeowners prefer vinyl tile, which mimics the look of a ceramic tile floor at a more affordable cost. Another advantage of vinyl tile is the fact that it can be easily replaced. If a square or two gets damaged, stained or scratched, it can be quickly and easily replaced to make your Lee’s Summit home’s floor look like new again.
Differences in Vinyl Flooring Decorative Patterns
The way the decorative pattern is printed on the vinyl can make a difference as well. There are two methods – inlaid and printed. Inlaid vinyl imbeds color granules into the vinyl sheet so the colors are an integral part of the floor. With printed vinyl, colored inks are printed on the top of the flooring sheets. Inlaid vinyl floors will stand up longer to traffic without showing wear. Today’s vinyl tile can be printed to look like a variety of natural floor coverings, including hardwood, ceramic tile and natural stone. You can see the difference in person in our Lee’s Summit showroom.
Where to Use Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring’s attractive price point makes it popular for bathrooms and kitchens. It is durable, stands up well to heavy foot traffic, reduces noise, and is low maintenance. Plus, vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of colors and patterns to match any room in your Lee’s Summit home. You can even find vinyl floors in a variety of lifelike wood grains.