Vinyl flooring has been around for a number of years and although it was once traditionally associated with bathrooms and kitchens, nowadays it can be found in almost any room of the house.
Boasting a great range of designs and benefits, we know why vinyl is popular with today’s homeowners but what interesting facts don’t we know about the flooring?
Read our definitive list to find out everything you need to know about vinyl … including a few things that might surprise you!
- It was discovered in the 19th Century by a French physician
- Vinyl flooring has been around for more than 75 years
- The first experiments with it occured in the 1930s
- It was first publicly displayed in 1933 at the “Century of Progress” exhibition which was held in Chicago
- It was proposed as an alternative to rubber with research focusing on this specifically during the war years
- Industrial uses of vinyl didn’t take place until after the end of the Second World War
- It became more commercially used as flooring around the 1950s
- It then achieved great popularity in the 1960s and has continued to play an important role in household design ever since
Make and Style
- It is completely synthetic
- It is often confused with linoleum flooring – or lino – but the two are actually completely different. The main difference is that lino is made from raw and natural materials
- It is available as either sheets that are cut to size or vinyl floor tiles which fit together
- It is available in a number of different colours, styles and pattern
- It can mimic the appearance of real floors including wood planks, tiles and mosaics
- It is water-resistant which makes it particularly popular in wet rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen
- Vinyl can be laid to fit any size or shape floor with ease as it is easily cut into shape
- It is stuck to your sub-floor using an adhesive which provides a strong bond
- It provides a safe, flat and even surface within any room
- It can be laid yourself or by a professional
- It is non-slip which makes it ideal for all types of households
- It can also be scratch-resistant for those installing it in homes with pets or young children
- It can be easily repaired or replaced by cutting out damaged sections and fitting new pieces in its place
- It is easy to clean too – simply wipe up wet spills and hoover or brush regularly
- You can clean vinyl flooring using detergent and water but must make sure you don’t soak the floor and always check the detergent is safe for use
- It is durable and long-lasting which makes it a favourite in family homes
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