Cushioned vinyl is an excellent option in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, but can be used in any area of the home. We fit a number of hallways, conservatories, bedrooms and lounges in it and it can look stunning in the right setting.
Vinyl design has come a very long way in a very short space of time. The vast amount of options currently available is enough to satisfy even the most demanding designer! Quality has steadily improved over the years and virtually all of them now feature R10 slip-resistance as standard.
Typically, domestic vinyl will be between 2.5mm and 4.00mm thick (a handful are thicker or thinner) with a protective wearlayer which will vary between 0.20mm and 0.40mm. In simple terms, the thickness determines the ‘sponginess’ and the wearlayer determines how long it is likely to last. It is the wearlayer, more than the thickness, that separates the better quality from the poorer quality.
Having said that of course, if you are fitting it into a bathroom then you wouldn’t really consider that a heavy wear area, so choose the design that you like best. In a busy family kitchen/dining area then you might want to consider something a little heavier.
Vinyl needs to be fitted onto a smooth, dry and level floor. The preparation depends to a large extent at what you want from the floor. Ideally, floorboards should have plywood fitted and concrete floors ought to be screeded before fitting. A nicely prepared floor will look the part and perform better in the long run.
Each manufacturer will have their own guidelines over glueing vinyl down. Generally, areas over 12 square metres ought to be fully glued down, but ask us if you are unsure.