Vinyl floor covering is available in sheets or tile form, in a wide range of designs
By: Roger King
Vinyl floor covering is by far the most common type of resilient flooring. As you'd expect, vinyl floor materials contains varying quantities of vinyl. Unlike natural wood, it has no tendency to wrap in extremes of damp or heat.
Solid vinyl is the most durable, and correspondingly the more expensive. It pays to buy better-quality and longer-lasting materials than to have to replace a bargain floor in a few years.
Vinyl wood flooring is readily available and comes in plain colors and patterned with marble and tile effects. Many are self-adhesive; you just strip off the backing paper and stick them in place.
When buying vinyl tiles, always check that the code number on each pack is the same, or you may find that the colors don't quite match. You can often determine quality by the warranty you get with the flooring.
Vinyl wood flooring is attractive and capable of withstanding the rough and tumble under a family's feet. Unlike many of the materials it mimics, it is easy to clean and warm to walk on.
Look for a lay-flat vinyl, which molds itself to the contours of the floor, so there is no need to stick it down at all, not even at the edges.