Today's vinyl has come a long way from yesterday’s Linoleum. Chances are the vinyl in your home has a felt or paper backing on it, or was an original inlaid where the color went all the way through it.
Vinyl from Congoleum, Armstrong, Tarkett, and IVC-US have a different construction. Congoleum’s Airstep series has a reinforced felt back layer that allows this 12-foot wide sheet vinyl to be loose laid, perimeter fastened, or fully glued down. Armstrong’s Cushionstep, Duality, and Stratamax series have backings composed of a clay core (Stratamax), while Cushionstep and Duality offer the newest technology featuring fiberglass. Tarkett and IVC-US offer their own versions of loose lay fiberglass backed sheet vinyl.
A new bar has been set for visuals where most patterns are nearly indistinguishable from their natural wood or tile counterparts. At roughly half of the price compared to wood or tile, vinyl is the most durable and economical hard surface for a hard-working home.
Sheet vinyl is a flexible, 12-foot wide product made for light to heavy use in residential homes. Today’s vinyl can be loose laid or floated, perimeter fastened or fully glued to the substrate. It is the most versatile of flooring types when it comes to patterns that cover a large amount of natural stone, tile, and wood looks. It is economical and fashion-friendly for any type of home.