If you are considering new flooring, you are probably looking at the various types available. At RIC Flooring, we have a variety of floor coverings from carpet to hardwood to vinyl and laminate flooring. Here is a look at one of the most versatile types of flooring available — vinyl flooring.


What Is Vinyl Flooring?


Vinyl flooring is a synthetic flooring material that has many benefits and terrific features including its affordability, durability and ease of installation. Today’s vinyl flooring is usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVD) with other compounds added to create different colors, looks, hardness and sheen. Some vinyl flooring uses photorealistic materials and techniques to create looks that are very realistic.


Vinyl flooring can be a terrific choice for your home or business as it is affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Just about any look can be achieved with vinyl floor planks or vinyl floor tiles. This type of flooring comes in many patterns and finishes to complement your décor.


Vinyl flooring is often confused with other flooring types such as linoleum and laminate flooring, so let’s take a look at some of the main differences.


The Difference Between Vinyl Flooring and Linoleum


One of the most prevalent questions we get is the difference between vinyl flooring and linoleum. While linoleum flooring is made from all-natural materials, it is often considered to be an out-of-date flooring choice, as it has been around for nearly 150 years. While it is durable, linoleum is not as water-resistant as vinyl flooring. Additionally, linoleum requires coatings and waxing to lengthen its lifespan, while vinyl flooring maintenance is just regular sweeping and mopping. Finally, linoleum can be more expensive than vinyl flooring.


The Difference Between Vinyl Flooring and Laminate


One of the main differences between vinyl flooring and laminate is the composition of the materials used to create the flooring. Vinyl flooring is 100% synthetic materials, and is more resistant to moisture, while laminate is created from wood byproducts through a resin and pressure bonding procedure.


RIC Flooring carries many different vinyl flooring options from top brands including Armstrong. These choices include styles that look like stone, wood and more. Residents of Marion, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and North Liberty can visit us to find the very best vinyl flooring options for their homes.


Types of Vinyl Flooring


There are three basic types of vinyl flooring: plank, tile, and sheet. Here’s a look at the differences between them:


Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP)


Luxury vinyl planks are usually chosen when you want the look of traditional flooring as this type of flooring has the look of cut hardwood. This luxury plank (LVP) flooring has several benefits including being scratch, wear and stain resistant; can be installed on top of many different subfloors, and offers multiple installation options.


Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)


Luxury vinyl tile flooring replicates the look of stone through a 3-D printing technology, which adds to its realist look. It can also be used to create intricate flooring patterns. As its name indicates this type of flooring comes in easily installed tiles.


Luxury Vinyl Sheets


Luxury vinyl sheet is a common choice for areas that may experience more moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Interestingly, vinyl sheets come in 6’ and 12’ lengths, so that there will be very few, if any, seams. This type of flooring also comes in styles that look like hardwood, stone, and tile.


Luxury vinyl planks and luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are increasing in popularity because they are so versatile and can withstand most environments, including those that are high in moisture. Perhaps the most important aspect causing the rise in popularity is the variety of available looks and styles that include realistic wood and stone. Additionally, most vinyl flooring types can be easily changed so you will have the option of changing your room styles more easily than you could with traditional hardwood or stone flooring.


Other Benefits of Vinyl Flooring


Vinyl flooring styles and types offer many other benefits. For instance, floating vinyl plank flooring can be installed without nails or glue. There are even some easy-to-install DIY options such as peel-and-stick floor tiles.


Vinyl flooring, including LVT flooring (luxury vinyl tile), luxury vinyl plank flooring, are extremely low maintenance and easy to clean. This type of flooring really just needs regular sweeping and an occasional wet mopping. There are no special cleaning or waxing requirements.





RIC Flooring has a large showroom in Marion, IA, offering plenty of different vinyl flooring, including luxury vinyl plank flooring and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). We invite you to visit us to find out how we can fulfill your flooring needs.


When you visit our showroom, one of our flooring professionals can help you choose the best vinyl flooring for your entire home.


We look forward to serving you.