Resilient vinyl flooring comes in different styles, and vinyl planks are among the most popular. Vinyl plank flooring looks like real wood planks, but it has the benefits of vinyl in that it can tolerate water and is less expensive. You'll have many choices when it comes to buying vinyl planks since they come in different sizes and colors. Here are some things to know about the different types of vinyl planks.
Vinyl Plank Size Varies In Width, Length, And Thickness
The usual width of vinyl planks is four or six inches and the lengths run between three or four feet. You buy a set of uniform planks for installation and then stagger them as you place them on the floor so the seams don't align. Fortunately, vinyl planks are easy to cut with scissors, so you don't even need a saw. The thickness of the planks varies, too, with the thicker planks being more expensive. The thicker planks are more comfortable to walk on since they have a little more cushioning. Sometimes they are thicker because they have underlayment attached, which saves you the step of adding underlayment yourself.
Installation Methods Differ In Difficulty
Vinyl planks can be installed in different ways. However, the type of plank you buy has to be installed in the way it was designed. For instance, you may want planks that click together. These are a good choice for a rental home when you don't want to put in anything permanent or disturb the floor underneath. The planks float above the old floor by clicking to each other. They can be pulled up when you're ready to move since they aren't glued to the floor. Sticking or gluing the planks is another option. Gluing permanently bonds the planks to the floor, which is probably the best option if you own your home. Glue ensures the planks will stay put, but it makes it difficult to pull up a plank if it needs to be replaced.
Some planks are self-adhesive. You prepare the floor surface carefully and then pull off the backing on each plank and stick the plank to the floor. This is a good option if you don't want to use glue since the peel-and-stick method is extremely easy as a DIY project. If ease of installation is what you want, then loose lay planks could be the answer. These require no adhesive at all and they don't have to click together. Instead, the planks are placed directly on the floor next to each other and they are held in place by pressing against all four walls. Loose lay planks are usually thicker and stiffer so they stay flat on the floor.
Patterns And Colors Mimic Wood Or Stone
Resilient vinyl planks come in colors that mimic many types of wood, even distressed wood. They are also made to look like natural stone flooring. Although you can tell the floor is vinyl when you walk on it barefoot, the planks can give your home the classic look of real wood or real stone flooring. Because they come in so many different colors and grain patterns, you'll find vinyl planks that are a good match for your décor at much less cost than buying real wood, especially if you want the look of an exotic hardwood floor.