Vinyl flooring is popular with many homeowners. If you're looking for attractive flooring that is durable and easy to install, consider all the options available in vinyl. Here are some types of residential vinyl flooring to consider installing in your home.
Most vinyl flooring is water resistant, but some varieties are waterproof. If you want the flooring for use in a bathroom or kitchen, you may want waterproof vinyl so you won't have to worry about spills. Plus, some installation methods are more waterproof than others.
Sheet vinyl has few or no seams for water to leak through. If the room is small enough, the only way for water to get under the flooring is near the wall at the edges since the sheet is all one piece.
Low VOC Vinyl
Older vinyl flooring had a problem with outgassing. If you're worried about new flooring outgassing VOCs, then look for a product that has been certified to have no or low VOC outgassing. This could make you feel more comfortable with placing vinyl flooring in your child's room.
Luxury vinyl planks are quite popular since they look so much like real wood and they are easy to install. Some planks are even made to look like stone, so you have a variety of options with luxury vinyl, but they all resemble upscale flooring.
If you want to install your own flooring rather than hire an installer, luxury plank vinyl is a good choice. Some varieties of this type of flooring can simply be placed on the floor without the need for glue. Others click together or can be stuck to the floor with a peel-and-stick backing.
If you want something other than flooring that looks like wood or stone, consider peel-and-stick tiles with art designs on them. These tiles are often more affordable and you can buy them in small quantities so you can install flooring yourself in a laundry room or other small area where you want an attractive design or colorful flooring.
Some of these tiles have the classic speckled look or solid red or black colors. Plus, they are made a little differently from luxury vinyl, so they're less expensive but since they're not 100 percent vinyl, they may not be as durable.
One reason vinyl planks are popular for residential vinyl flooring is that the planks can be floated over old flooring if you choose the right type of planks. Some planks click together so they can go right over the top of many types of old flooring. This saves on the expense of pulling up old flooring before your new vinyl flooring is installed.