Tag Archives: vinyl flooring

Flooring For the Living Room is Changing

It was once the case that wall-to-wall carpet was the automatic choice for living room flooring, but that is no longer the case. In fact, it’s becoming more common to see most other types of floors in a living room, as consumers have grown tired of having to maintain carpet or keeping it looking new. Continue reading Flooring For the Living Room is Changing

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What’s The Best Basement Flooring?

If shopping for a basement floor, you now have a lot of options that weren’t always available to you. Choosing the right floor for a basement is almost harder than it was, because now there’s so much more from which to choose. Continue reading What’s The Best Basement Flooring?

Saving Money On Flooring

Everyone wants to save money on new flooring and there’s no shame in saving as much money as you can.  And if you’re willing to put forth a little effort, the savings on flooring you can receive is substantial and the effort you expend will be well worth it. Continue reading Saving Money On Flooring

Vinyl Floors are Back and Better Than Ever

Technology in flooring has kept pace with computers, cell phones and everything else, so if it’s been a decade or so since you’ve looked at vinyl floors, the vinyl floors of today might surprise you. Imagine what your computer was ten years ago compared to what it is today. It’s almost a different animal, and that’s precisely what’s going on with vinyl flooring. Continue reading Vinyl Floors are Back and Better Than Ever

Vinyl flooring surging, but watch out for a big gotcha

People have been making their way back to vinyl floor covering in a very significant way. All forms of vinyl planking also known as luxury vinyl tile are making market share advances. However, there is a big gotcha that people need to be aware of. Just because the term vinyl is used does not mean it is all the same quality. There are massive differences in the top coating and it’s long term durability. 

Too often people make assumptions about vinyl based on their past experience. Brands like Armstrong, Mannington and Tarkett made vinyl so durable that the nature of the product category itself became known as impervious to water, impossible to stain and super simple floor to clean. The facts are, however, that the top coating of vinyl ranges from super crappy to super awesome and here is the punch line: you can’t see the difference with your eyes! It’s that terrific? (note the sarcasm) You cannot see the different until it is too late and you notice that the floor is really tough to clean and you can even start seeing traffic patterns.

The lesson is: pay attention to the overall quality of the product and always buy from someone you can trust.

Flooring Basics

By Steve Simonson
Basic Training

If you are in the midst of shopping for vinyl, I encourage you to take a minute and brush up on the basics. First, make sure you first read Steve’s Stages of Floor Shopping. See, there are many people who are more than willing to sell new vinyl flooring. However, very few will supply the proper information about the product they are trying to sell.

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