When deciding on vinyl flooring for your home you can choose between three different types: vinyl sheets, planks or luxury vinyl flooring. Each option has different features and unique characteristics and this guide provides guidance to help you decide which type best matches your project.
Vinyl sheets come in a large roll a little like a carpet or linoleum. Sheet flooring usually covers the whole space without leaving any visible seams.
They are made of vinyl resting on a backing sheet of fiberglass and coated with some protected layers of polyurethane to make it even more resilient. Vinyl sheet flooring is fairly robust and can sustain a high amount of traffic. It is usually about 2.5 -3mm thick but can feel softer and warmer underfoot than wood or stone.
100% waterproof: vinyl sheets are waterproof and can be used in bathrooms and kitchens unlike vinyl planks which are only water-resistant.
Designs: they come in any color or pattern, some are designed to look like natural wood while others resemble natural stone or tiles. The designs below are from our All Seasons collection which features timber, granite and tile patterns.
Affordable: this vinyl product is usually the most affordable solution as it can be mass produced into huge rolls without having to be cut into smaller pieces. You can find durable vinyl sheets that you can install yourself from as little as $17.90/m2 to $18.50/m2.
The plank is made from vinyl and attached to an underlayer of fiberglass which makes it very rigid unlike a vinyl sheet, which needs to be rolled out making any rigidity impossible.
Thickness: vinyl planks come in different thicknesses including 2mm or 3mm. Thicker planks may cost more but could save you money in the long run as they will be more hard-wearing and are better suited to parts of the home that are prone to high traffic.
Designs: vinyl planks are usually designed to look like natural wood as they come in planks and lock together in the same way.
Pricing: you can find quality vinyl planks from $24.90 per square metre. As with everything, thicker planks will cost more but will last longer.
Luxury vinyl is made up of multiple layers pressed together to create a very hard-wearing and natural-looking finish. The top layers include a scratch-resistant protecting surface over an image layer that holds the color and design. Beneath these are several layers of fiberglass, moisture-resistant backing, and an impact resistant core. Luxury vinyl planks usually come in a choice of 4.5mm and 5mm thickness.
100% waterproof: luxury vinyl planks are completely waterproof and can be used anywhere in the home.
Design: they look entirely natural and can be more hardwearing than wood or stone. Some are so resilient they are used in commercial areas.
Pricing: luxury vinyl flooring is the most costly option but also the most resilient which could work out cheaper in the long run. You can find luxury vinyl planks from $39.90 per square metre.
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Whether you go for sheets, planks or luxury vinyl planks will depend on your project, budget and personal preferences. Each material has unique feature and you will need to have your end goal in sight while considering which best compliments your vision for the project.