Vinyl Flooring

What is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring or Vinyl tiles are made out of coloured vinyl chips formed into solid sheets of varying thicknesses. As a type of resilient flooring, vinyl is resistant to impacts of high heels, heavy objects and large furniture. On top of that, its slightly cushioned effect makes the flooring comfortable to walk on and safer for homes with young children and elderly.

Vinyl is also a finished flooring material used primarily for commercial and institutional purposes. It’s made of several layers, with the vinyl part of the tile used as the backing, and the base of the tile used for the provision of support for the entire tile. Various inks or dyes are used on top of this surface to give the vinyl its customary appearance, but the base itself is made from the same substance that other plastic products like PVC are made from.

Vinyl can be repeatedly refinished with chemical strippers and mechanical buffing equipment. This type of flooring is also relatively non-porous. Due to its resilience and durability, Vinyl flooring is also suitable for high-traffic areas.

What is the installation process like for vinyl flooring?

As Vinyl tiles are glued to the sub-floor, the leveling will follow the contour of your existing flooring. If your existing flooring made of marble, ceramic or homogenous tiles, the leveling will usually be acceptable (however, note that ceramic tiles must have grout lines filled). If the sub-floor is concrete or cement screed, the ground may not be as leveled and it is strongly advised that you apply a self-leveling compound to ensure the sub-floor is leveled and smooth.

It is very important that the existing flooring prior to application is sufficiently leveled. This will very much determine the firmness and stability of the vinyl flooring once it has been installed. If your sub-floor is not leveled, the completed vinyl flooring may look uneven and feel unstable.

What are the advantages of vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring can be easily installed on almost any existing flooring. Whether it’s in your home of office, one advantage is its quick and easy installation process.

Vinyl tiles also hardly undergo expansion so there is no need to incorporate gaps during installation. This means that no additional work is required for the removal or installation of skirting. However, if you prefer, Ram Asia is able to provide skirting to match your newly installed Formica Vinyl Tile or Vinyl Roll.

Vinyl flooring from world-leading manufacturer of interior surfacing materials, Formica® also insulates noise and has a non-slip surface. Latest designs from Formica® features wood grains and timber look alike vinyl flooring.

The replacement of damaged tiles is also very easy and fuss-free as individual sheets can be removed without affecting other parts of the vinyl floor.

How does vinyl flooring add to the décor of my space?

The line of vinyl flooring from Formica® comes with a unique texture and a wide variety of colours. Their fresh out-of-the-oven, modern and sophisticated range of vinyl flooring showcases natural tints, and designs that will breathe new life into your home and office. With Formica® Vinyl Flooring looking just like real wood, it also feels like real wood too.

How do I maintain my vinyl flooring?

The maintenance of vinyl flooring is relatively simple.

• For regular cleaning, simply sweep away dust, sand and grit particles, vacuum, and mop with clean, warm water.
• When removing stains, try an ounce of liquid detergent mixed with a gallon of water and gently apply on the area. But if all else fails, use special vinyl cleaning agents to get rid of the stain.
• Be careful not to use industrial detergents, abrasive cleaners, steel brushes, and “mop & shine” solutions.
• Lastly, keep your vinyl flooring looking its best by avoiding any exposure to direct sunlight.