While its use as a floor covering did not begin until the 1930’s, “vinyl” was actually invented in the late 1800’s when researchers in Europe developed a material using vinyl chloride. No practical use could be found for the substance at that time. But, as years progressed and other researchers put their minds to work and tested new manufacturing methods; vinyl flooring as we know it came to be. Vinyl flooring is classified as a resilient flooring option because the material can bend or roll and is capable of reacting to its environment in a flexible manor. Vinyl is, for all intents and purposes, a plastic. To create vinyl, raw material is processed to become a synthetic polymer product.
There are four types of vinyl flooring: Sheet Vinyl, Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT), Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), And Vinyl Planks. Sheet Vinyl is available in 6 foot and12 foot-wide sheets. Vinyl Composition Tiles are available as 12” x 12” tiles. Luxury vinyl tiles are square tiles that are manufactured to resemble ceramic. And, luxury vinyl planks are manufactured to resemble wood flooring.
Vinyl has been a serious competitor in the flooring market since the 1950s. Vinyl is a popular flooring choice for residential kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers; schools; healthcare facilities; retail stores; the hotel industry; supermarkets; commercial environments; offices; stockrooms; and breakrooms. It is similar to linoleum and it is both water- and stain-resistant. It holds up well against heavy foot traffic and it is one of the lowest maintenance flooring solutions on the market. Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, including lifelike wood grain and simulated stone. Let the experts at TLV Flooring Solutions help you to select a vinyl product for your home or business. For more information or to schedule your shop at-home consultation/free in-home estimate, please contact us today at 908-834-8085. We look forward to assisting you.