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Different types of vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring has been around since the 1950s, during which time it has grown to be a firm favourite that offers an easy and versatile option around homes and workplaces alike. Around the house it's ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, thanks to its water resistance and being nearly impervious to stains or damage. It's also remarkably easy to clean; regular sweeping or vacuuming will remove dirt and a household mop will do the rest.

Despite being softer than laminate flooring, many types of vinyl are scratch resistant, moisture resistant, and more durable when it comes to water or flooding, which is especially the case when comparing it with traditional lino floor. In addition, some manufacturers offer a slip resistant coating, making vinyl ideal for families with young children or pets.

With many different styles on offer, you're bound to find a look and style to suit your space. For example, you could choose from  woodor stone effect with luxurious and realistic finishes such as Heritage Cherry, Indian Apple or Black Slate. There's even a metal-look with the Treadplate vinyl offering an industrial feel.

As well as for use around the home, vinyl flooring offers the perfect solution for higher traffic areas such as hotels, small offices and conference rooms. For heavier traffic venues, commercial collections such as those offered by Polyflor are ideal for anywhere that's subject to a bit more wear and tear. Heavy duty with a reinforced wear layer, vinyl floorings such as these are also ideal for very heavy commercial and light industrial interiors.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are one of the most popular choices for flooring in the UK. Made to have the natural look of wood, stone or ceramic flooring, additional creative and innovative effects make this flooring durable and value for money. With top brands to choose from including Polyflor and IVC you can be guaranteed of quality.

The tiles come in planks for the wood designs and in square tiles for the stone effect. Feature strips can also add contrast to a LVT floor and come in a variety of styles. Look out for embedded textures offering an even more authentic look.

LVT must be fully fixed to the sub floor using adhesive. Solvent-free adhesives such as XtraFloor are ideal for bonding vinyl floor coverings to their base, however look out for vinyl ranges which utilise the Click system, meaning no adhesive is necessary.

Luxury flooring such as the Expona Design by Polyflor has additional benefits such as a polish-free finish, facilitating a lifelong polish-free maintenance regime

Flooring with a softer feel

Perfect for adding some heat and sound insulation to a room, vinyl is a cheaper option compared with natural materials. Cushioned Vinyl Flooring can provide the look of wood or stone but without the noise, offering a great alternative to the real thing. Generally this flooring comes with several separate layers, offering extra durability as well as comfort, but it's worth checking this on each specific product before purchasing.

Brands such as Rhinofloor-Tarkett offer quality as well as value, with products to suit every budget. With many designs to choose from, look out for embossed styles offering authentic appearance with real-looking wood knots and granite textures.

Self-adhesive vinyl flooring

Click technology from Moduleo works with tiles and plank ranges; it simply and quickly locks the vinyl flooring into place. Ranges such as the IVC Primero and Ultimo are available with click fittings.

These vinyl floors are easy to install with no fuss, thanks to the Click technology which negates the need for adhesives. Using a patented push down technology, each piece of flooring simply fits into place, locking securely. Offering a speedier application process without extensive preparation, the click range still offers the moisture-resistant and sound-absorbent properties of other vinyl flooring types.

Slip resistant, Moduleo products offer a safe solution for work or home. Ideal as insulation, this flooring will keep heat in and is perfect alongside underfloor heating.

With the variety on offer, when choosing vinyl flooring to suit your home or workplace, you're sure to find a style and brand which can lend itself to the atmosphere you're aiming for and will perfectly suit your needs.