Among a wide range of flooring types available from Marquis Tile, vinyl is one of the most resilient, versatile, and affordable. Homeowners, designers, and contractors in Windsor prefer luxury vinyl flooring because it is water-resistant and can stand up to the challenges of the space where it is installed. The products we offer include:
Luxury Vinyl Buying Guide
Presently, luxury vinyl flooring has become popular as thousands of colours, patterns, and styles are available at affordable prices. Such flooring is also easy to care and can stand up to water effectively. Therefore, it is an ideal option for homes with small children who spill water and toys on the floor. Here are a few factors that can help you choose the appropriate luxury vinyl according to your needs:
Materials, lengths, and patterns: Generally, vinyl flooring is PVC plastic flooring. The base layer is often fibreglass, followed by a PVC inner core layer, and decorative outer layer of PVC. Such flooring is popular because thousands of styles and patterns are available. Vinyl is typically made in 12’ rolls, but you will find it from 6’ to 12’ depending on where it is to be installed. Vinyl planks and vinyl tiles are also available. Tiles range in size from 12” to 18” square.
Wear and durability: Vinyl flooring will last 8-20 years depending on the quality of the material and the location it is to be installed. For longevity, you should maintain and clean the floor properly.
Current trends: Presently, the look of hand scraped wood is very popular. Pastel colours in flooring are also becoming popular.
Luxury Vinyl Installation Guide
The most difficult part of installing vinyl flooring is making the necessary cuts round corners, and for that you will need a steady hand and exact measurements. Whether you install luxury vinyl or hire us, you should be aware of the tools and supplies needed. You will need adhesive, a notched trowel, calk line, tape measure, straight edge or square, pry bar, utility knife, and a heavy roller to press down the installed flooring.
The step-by-step process of installation includes:
Step 1: Firstly, you should mark the center of each wall and snap lines between them with a chalk line. Then, measure from the center to the starting wall, subtracting the 5/16-inch expansion gap, and further mark this distance at each end of the wall. Next, you need to snap a chalk line between these two marks to get a straight line against the wall.
Step 2: Further, score and cut the tongue off the first row of vinyl planks using a utility knife. Then, set the first plank in place on the starting line with the cut side toward the wall, maintaining the expansion gap.
Step 3: Hold the next plank at a slight angle against the previous plank's end and fold down to click it into place.
Step 4: To cut the last piece in the first row to fit, score with a utility knife and snap the plank.
Step 5: To start the second row, insert the tongue of the first piece into the groove of the previous row's first plank and rotate down to click together. The joints must be staggered at least 6 inches. Measure and cut your first piece accordingly, using a cut end from the first row if necessary.
Step 6: For the next piece, connect the short end first and then connect the long end. You should feel it lock.
The last step is to replace molding and trim as well as elevate it slightly.
Luxury Vinyl Maintenance Guide
For general care of vinyl flooring, you should sweep the floors a couple of times per week or more, depending on the level of traffic. If you use a vacuum cleaner, you should choose one that is made for hard flooring. If there is a lot of dust, you should use a floor cleaner designed specifically for vinyl flooring and mix it with warm water. Using felt cushioning pads on furniture legs can help reduce scratching on your vinyl flooring. You can use them on all furniture but especially chairs that are frequently moved and heavy furniture.
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