Vinyl Flooring Installation
Is it time to upgrade the floors in your home or business around Bucks and Mercer County? Vinyl flooring installation from the professionals at Tom Adams just might be your best choice. At Tom Adams, we carry a large collection of vinyl flooring that can be installed in any type of room. We carry an extensive collection of colors and textures.
You can visit any one of our four showrooms to check out the American-made brands we sell like Mohawk, Shaw, DalTile, Patcraft, Mannington, Bruce, Beaulieu, and much more.
Vinyl flooring installation is popular among homeowners, especially for kitchens and bathrooms. The synthetic cousin of linoleum, vinyl flooring gives homeowners a versatile option that not only provides great durability for the price but is also water and stain resistant.
Caring For Your Vinyl Flooring
Do you have kids or pets? If you do, you know just how much of a mess they can create, especially when it comes to your floors. But with sheet vinyl flooring, your home will be able to withstand all that wear and tear. Not only will it create a newer, modern look for any room in your home, but it will also provide you with a surface that is easy to clean up, reduces noise, and is able to withstand heavy foot traffic.
To keep your vinyl floor clean, start with minimizing dirt and stains before they happen. Place a doormat or rug in the front of doorways to stop the spread of dirt and dust, which can degrade the finish of your new flooring. Also, if you need to move furniture across your floor, use paneling or a sheet of plywood to help prevent against scuffing or tears in the vinyl.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring installations from Tom Adams provide a reliable and durable choice for flooring. They are easy to install and maintain throughout your home in Bucks and Mercer County and have the distinct advantage of being a relatively inexpensive option compared to other options.
However, vinyl floors do not hold up well against heavy loads, can be damaged by sharp objects, and can begin to fade upon exposure to too much direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. For that reason, it is not recommended for outdoor use. We can recommend other materials for patios and other outdoor surfaces.
Tom Adams has been providing Bucks County homeowners with the best flooring products for more than 60 years. When you shop with us, you will find many of the top brand names in vinyl flooring at some of the most affordable and competitive prices around. Our goal is to provide superior customer service whenever one of our certified and experienced installers provides you with a vinyl flooring installation. We guarantee that our services and products will not only meet but also exceed your standards, which is why we back our work with our exclusive warranty.
Vinyl flooring is durable, low maintenance and easy on the budget. You won’t have to worry about sharp pet nails or dropped toys on these floors! All of our products come with the toughest wear layers available. That means under normal household use our vinyl sheet floors won’t rip, tear or gouge. Guaranteed!
Sheet vinyl is soft underfoot, so it’s comfortable to stand on for long periods. It’s also warmer to the touch than hard surfaces. It’s traditionally reserved for hardworking rooms (kitchens, baths, entryways, laundry rooms, and playrooms) but the high-end styles are making their way into other living spaces.
Vinyl flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor. The key is the existing floor must be flat, smooth, and dry. Installation options vary based upon the sheet vinyl flooring you select. There are three basic installation methods:
- Modified loose lay
- Glue down with releasable adhesive
- Glue down with permanent adhesive
Unless you are an experienced DIYer, we recommend sheet vinyl flooring be professionally installed by an Armstrong Certified Installer.
Vinyl sheet flooring can often be installed seamlessly, making it ideal in rooms with moisture. It comes in a range of colors and designs, including styles that mimic tile and wood.
In addition to refreshing, natural looks, vinyl sheet flooring is easy to keep clean. Pets? Kids? Heavy Traffic? No problem! Sheet vinyl can stand up to pets nails and messes better than many surfaces. Best of all, their soft surface makes them comfortable for walking, crawling or curling up in a sunny spot.
Many of our vinyl floors have a wear layer that protects floors from stains, spills, scratches, and scuffs. All you need to do is sweep regularly and mop as needed with Armstrong Once ‘N Done floor cleaner. For glossy floors, occasionally strip and reapply polish as necessary. Avoid waxing or buffing the surface.
Types of Vinyl Flooring
There are two types of vinyl flooring: sheet, in which the flooring material is laid down in sheets 6 or 12 feet wide, and tile flooring, which uses tiles of 9″ x 9″ or 12″ x 12″. While sheet flooring is more water resistant and is easier to install, many homeowners prefer tile, which replicates the look of a ceramic tile floor at a more affordable cost.
This is often installed in commercial settings where high traffic is a constant, or where a clean or static-free environment is desired. It can also be a versatile and cost-effective choice for any household. In the home, vinyl tile flooring is often used where a significant amount of moisture is expected. It is also frequently used in remodels to replace higher maintenance flooring, like carpet.
The makeup of a vinyl tile floor is made in one of two ways. Inlay vinyl tile has multiple layers of the same colored vinyl that are fused together. With inlay tile, the color or pattern goes all the way through to the backing. This is a plus because the color will be the same, even if a layer or two wears away.
“Rotogravure” vinyl tile floors are less expensive than inlaid floors. The tiles in this type of floor have a thin layer of vinyl on top that is colored with vinyl paint and covered with a protective coating. Over time or under extreme amounts of traffic, the layer of vinyl can wear through and the color will be compromised.
What to Know About Vinyl Floors
The key to a successful installation of vinyl flooring lies beneath the flooring itself. Vinyl tiles require an extremely smooth surface because any flaws and imperfections will show through as bumps and indentations in your floor. Usually, the best subfloor is a layer of well-sanded plywood.
Most manufacturers do not recommend laying new vinyl over more than one layer of existing vinyl, and in fact, will not guarantee the flooring if there is more than one layer of vinyl beneath. Another problem with laying over existing vinyl is that if the lower layer is patterned, the texture will eventually show through your top layer.
Vinyl flooring can be laid on top of concrete, but again, uniformity and smoothness can be a problem. Also, a plywood layer will give you a better feel underfoot.
Some manufacturers offer do-it-yourself installation kits, but many homeowners choose to use a contractor in order to achieve a smooth, professional look.
Contact us today to schedule a FREE in-home estimate for your vinyl flooring installation from Tom Adams!