Vinyl Flooring in 2021

Posted September 27, 2021

Vinyl or lino? Let's get the lingo right first. 

The term vinyl is often used interchangeably with lino - but lino is a different kettle of fish. Lino, otherwise known by its full name linoleum has a few commonalities such as its resilience and its availability in sheet or tile options, but apart from those factors, it is completely different. 

Lino is a floor covering that was created in the late 1800's from materials such as linseed oil, pine resin, ground cork dust and other mineral fillers like calcium carbonate with a backing of burlap or canvas. Comparatively, vinyl is made from the man made material PVC (or Polyvinyl Chloride).

Let's break down why different vinyl options offer different solutions...
Why vinyl sheet?

The mere mention of sheet vinyl sometimes brings on a smile, a raise of the eyebrows, or an instant no!  Lino was traditionally used before vinyl hit the scene - and the memories of the patterns through the decades are etched into the memories of many New Zealanders. In fact if you ask an adult about the houses they grew up in, the patterns of the flooring of the house will often feature in their memories. 

Sheet vinyl is a great option in the 2020's because technological advance over recent years has resulted in a highly durable product that now comes in any pattern that you can imagine. From timber to stone, to tiles and literally anything else that comes to mind - including the Great Barrier Reef (not kidding), you can get it.

We have recently installed the Jungle, Riverstone and Grass Digital Innovation sheet vinyls from Belgotex in areas of our building for something a little different and the reaction has definitely been 'wow'. 

It's a little out of the box, but sometimes that's what you need - and that's where vinyl sheet stands on its own. It's the only flooring option where you can literally have any pattern or design that you can think of. 

Often sheet vinyl is thought to be cheaper than other options. In some cases this true, but once installation and wastage is taken into account, sometimes you are better looking at plank options which can reduce your wastage. It's definitely worth talking to a flooring consultant about the best option for your space. 

If you're not sold on the versatility of sheet vinyl yet then there are a few more things to learn that may just turn you. Sheet vinyl is waterproof. There are no little gaps for water to escape through - especially in areas like the bathroom where there are often post-shower puddles to contend with. Sheet vinyl is also a little softer underfoot and it's often quick to install. 

If you're looking for something a little more classical than the Jungle print above. You will find dozens of options for timber, stone and tile patterns that will offer a more traditional look in your space. 

      

The low down on Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) or Tiles (LVT)

Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are mostly differentiated by their shape. Planks are long and narrow and tiles usually square or rectangular - although we do have triangular and hexagonal options if you're interested... Other than shape, there is little difference. They both come in ranges that include timber looks through to concrete and tile.

But, Vinyl planks are not just a cut up version of sheet vinyl. They are more rigid with more layers. Many vinyl planks even have indents or embossing in the top layer with knots and cross saw marks to give the authentic appearance of timber. Vinyl planks and tiles can look incredibly authentic and are nearly always a more cost effective way of getting the authentic look without the authentic price tag. 

The layers in the planks and tiles consist of a base layer, the photograph layer and a PVC layer over top to protect the photographic layer. We continue to see real development in the authenticity of the photography that is used in the vinyl planks and tiles. With technology development in when it comes to photorealistic photography and the all-round great quality of vinyl planks and tiles, we are now seeing them installed in large homes that traditionally wouldn't have considered vinyl as an option in the past. 

A current favourite that's flying out the door is the Daylesford Luxury Vinyl Plank from Signature Floors. This super sized plank looks so close to timber, it would be hard to pick out as a vinyl. The authentic timber colour and the ever so slight v-groove gives the look of solid timber flooring at an affordable price.

When it comes to luxury vinyl tiles there are some really authentic looking stone and concrete look options that we are using in a lot in homes now. They are a great alternative to tiles as they are warmer, don't chip or crack and once again come with a smaller price tag. They are also a little more forgiving on the knees and ankles and don't tend to be as slippery. Plus, if one gets damaged it can be cut out replaced without having to re-do the whole floor.

Vinyl in all of its forms has come a long way and has evolved into a versatile and attractive product option that is affordable, durable and water resistant. It really does answer many peoples requirements for flooring in their home. 


 

Interested in considering vinyl for your home? Vinyl is a great, cost effective option. When it comes to helping our clients our team of flooring consultants are experts. It's all about finding something you like and the right flooring option for their home. If you're keen feel free to pop in for a browse to check out The Flooring Centre's extensive range of options. Or you can start your search right now with hundreds of options online. 

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We also have flooring calculators that will help you to estimate the cost of the vinyl through to installation here. Our specialist vinyl flooring calculator will help you get a good estimate which is always a good place to start when you're trying to get an idea of costs. 

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Find our showroom at 147 Blenheim Road, Christchurch. 

 

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