As the name implies, sheet vinyl comes in one large sheet intended to cover an entire room or area of your home. This provides a seamless look that is ideal for patterned and solid colored flooring.
Vinyl flooring is constructed of several layers to provide water resistance and padded comfort. There is a base layer for stability, fiberglass to keep the flooring flat, cushioning, a pattern/color layer, and then two protective top layers.
Our vinyl flooring come in several sizes. These sizes include widths of 12′ and 13’2″. This size range allows for most rooms to be covered in a single sheet for a seamless look. The single sheet is then cut to fit around corners and other permanent structures in the room.
Cutting is often done with a regular utility knife. While special equipment is not required, this step does take precision and is often best done by professional installers.
The primary difference between these two vinyl formats is that sheet vinyl comes in one large piece while plank & tile is cut into smaller rectangles and squares. These smaller pieces also have a rigid core that provides an extra layer of support for walking comfort and that will mask imperfections in the subfloor.
While plank and tile style flooring are easier to install, sheet vinyl is the only vinyl option for a completely smooth, seamless look. Sheet vinyl is also less expensive than plank vinyl, making it a good option for basements, laundry rooms and other areas where you want both durability and affordability.
Choose traditional sheet vinyl when you want a seamless floor with a pattern or solid color. Sheet vinyl also requires an extremely smooth base since any kind of roughness or cracks will show through. Both professional installation and a new, smooth subfloor are recommended with this type of flooring.
There are several key benefits to vinyl sheet flooring. Barrie homes in need of long-lasting and cost-effective flooring should consider vinyl as an option. Expect these benefits from your vinyl sheet flooring:
Vinyl flooring can last many years. On average, vinyl floors will last at least 10 years before showing signs of wear. Typically, wear will come in the form of curling edges. These edges can often be flattened down and glued back into place if you are not ready for a full replacement. Advancements in protective layers means that today’s vinyl floors are also far less prone to scuffs than older vinyl floors.
Vinyl flooring is among the most affordable flooring options. Sheet vinyl is even less costly than plank and tile style vinyl making it a great choice for even the largest areas.
Sheet vinyl is available in styles ranging from solid colors and intricate patterns to simulated hardwood. While plank vinyl provides a more realistic wood look, sheet vinyl’s affordability makes it a good option where you want the color of wood flooring without the cost.
Vinyl’s waterproof nature make it perfect for basements, laundry rooms, and any area where there is moisture.
Choose sheet vinyl for high traffic areas of your home where you want a durable, affordable flooring that requires little maintenance. Best uses include:
While sheet vinyl has several advantages, there are some things to consider before choosing this type of flooring, including:
Installation: Though not impossible for a DIY homeowner to install, sheet vinyl is much more difficult than plank or tile vinyl. First, if sheet vinyl is cut incorrectly, the whole sheet will need to be scrapped. Second, the sub floor should be perfectly smooth as any bumps or unevenness will show through.
Pattern Options: Sheet vinyl’s best use is for solid colors and patterns. While it is also available in wood grain, tile, and stone patterns, these will not look as realistic as plank/tile vinyl or laminate. For the most realistic faux wood or stone flooring that is also waterproof, choose a plank/tile variety. Laminate flooring is also an option and will provide the most realistic wood look but is more vulnerable to moisture.