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Before You Buy Vinyl / Resilient Flooring

You've made your decision and are ready to select and install your new vinyl flooring. So let's cover some important properties about vinyl and why you should consider it;

  • Vinyl is a decorator's dream since it comes in so many colors, textures and patterns.
  • Vinyl is durable, water resistant, and doesn't fade or dent.  Best of all, it is affordable.
  • Vinyl is the great imposter. It can look like wood, tile, even marble.
  • Vinyl is constructed in layers: the wear layer, the printed or decorative layer, an inner core consisting of a foam and vinyl layer, and a backing.

But before you pick up the phone or click that mouse, there are a few more things you should think about.  

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Thickness

Thick flooring is not necessarily desirable.  You want a thick wear layer. That's the top layer and the one that really counts. It is the layer that determines how well your flooring will stand up to traffic, as well as rips, tears and gouges. Ask us what's right for you and your lifestyle.  


Quality

Pick the right vinyl flooring for the space. Ask us to review with you the manufacturer's warranty and performance characteristics of the flooring you are interested in.  It is important to remember that premium products tend to have premium warranties. A good warranty can be a great stress reliever.


Seams

Vinyl sheets are manufactured in 6' and 12' widths. Depending on the configuration of your room, seaming may be necessary.  We can show you where the seams are likely to be located when your new floor is installed. Certain floor patterns hide seams better. For example, tile patterns with grout lines mask seams beautifully.

In rooms with heavy water use, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, you may need to occasionally replace the heavy caulking where the flooring meets the walls or toilet.  This will prevent water seepage under your flooring.


Costs

"Cost per square foot" is just one component of the overall price tag for new vinyl flooring. Ask us to calculate the total cost of your floor-covering project. Here's what may be included beyond the cost of the vinyl, itself:

  • Furniture removal/replacement

    Retailers or installers may charge to remove (and then replace) furniture in the room.
  • Demolition/disposal of old floor covering

    Unless your home is brand new, there's probably an old floor covering that is going to need to be removed and properly disposed of. Or, you may be able to "float" your floor over an existing one.
  • Subfloor preparation

    Depending on its condition (after removal of the old floor covering), your subfloor may need to be prepped for vinyl flooring installation.
  • Product delivery

    Delivering your flooring may not be included in the "cost per square foot" price.
  • Installation

    There will most likely be a "cost per square foot" to install your new vinyl flooring.
  • Materials required to complete the installation

    Additional materials, like adhesives, moisture barriers, stairnosings and baseboards may be required to properly install your vinyl flooring.
  • Financing

    We offer financing as an option of payment. Be sure to ask us about our special promotions.

In addition to your total project cost, annual cleanings are also recommended to maintain the beauty and life of your new vinyl flooring. Consult the manufacturer's warranty and care guide for directions on cleaning and maintenance.

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Softer and warmer than other hard surfaces, this flooring is truly resilient because it "gives" underfoot. It's tough, too. Aluminum and nylon particles make resilient rugged, enough never to wear through to the pattern, and it does away with many glassy finishes popular in past generations. That's especially important as the sheen in resilient flooring evolves to softer and matte finishes.

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