Get the natural look of wood in your home with the advantages of vinyl flooring’s properties and price. Stunning wood effect vinyl flooring is available throughout our ranges with a beautiful depth of colour and style available across multiple designs.

An increasing number of families are opting for wood effect vinyl flooring in their home due to it’s attractive benefits and affordable cost. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this flooring option.

1. What is wood effect vinyl flooring?

2. Benefits of wood effect vinyl flooring

3. How to lay wood effect vinyl flooring

4. How to clean wood effect vinyl flooring

5. Safety Advice

1. What is wood effect vinyl flooring?

Quite simply, wood effect vinyl flooring is a type of vinyl flooring designed to look like real wood. Many homeowners choose it as a cost effective way of getting the authentic wood floor look they’ve always dreamed of at a lower price. Wood effect vinyl is available in a variety of different styles with light and dark grains available to suit any taste.

2. Why should you choose wood effect vinyl flooring?

Wood effect vinyl flooring is a great choice due to its style and practicality. This range of vinyl is extremely durable, water resistant, and unlike real wood it will not splinter or become damaged as easily in your home.

As well as boasting high durability, wood effect vinyl also has a plush appearance that really is second to none. It is also low maintenance and easy to clean – simply brush loose debris away with a soft broom and use a damp cloth to tackle stains or spillages.

If you are choosing wood effect vinyl flooring for your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll also be pleased to know it is completely waterproof and can even insulate your home of both sound and heat.

Will wood effect vinyl flooring suit any interior decor?

Simply put, yes it will! Because we have such a large range of wood effect vinyl flooring available here at Carpetright, you can be sure to find the perfect one to fit seamlessly into your interior.

For example, if you would prefer a light wood effect to match turquoise walls in your kitchen or a dark oak effect to complement neutral kitchen appliances then you’ll find it in our range. Wood effect vinyl is available in so many different styles, colours and grains that you can match it to virtually any interior decor style or home furniture.

Where can you use wood effect vinyl flooring?

Wood effect vinyl flooring is extremely versatile and as a result can be used anywhere in the home. It is most commonly recommended for use in the kitchen and bathroom as it is guaranteed to offer water resistance, slip resistance and superior comfort underfoot where you need it the most. However, because a large collection of our vinyl is suitable for use with underfloor heating, wood effect vinyl really is ideal for any room in the home. It can also be topped with slip resistant rugs for added versatility in your home.

Is wood effect vinyl flooring easily scratched?

No. Wood effect vinyl flooring is mostly scratch resistant and this means it can withstand everyday wear and tear with ease. All vinyl flooring is incredibly resilient and hard wearing as well as being slip resistant so that you can be sure of maximum safety in your home without compromising on style.

What is wood effect vinyl flooring made out of?

The primary component of wood effect vinyl flooring is polyvinyl chloride resins and plastic. As vinyl is predominantly made from plastic it is 100% recyclable and all products made from vinyl have a long life span as a result.

Can you get wood effect luxury vinyl tiles?

Yes! Here at Carpetright we offer a wide range of wood effect luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) which are guaranteed to give you the wood effect flooring you want in a convenient package.

3. How do you lay wood effect vinyl flooring?

Here at Carpetright we believe you should have your flooring fitted professionally to ensure it looks absolutely fantastic and is completely safe for you and your family.

However, if you do choose to lay your own wood effect vinyl flooring then you should ensure that you clear the entire room of any furniture and sweep the floor before you lay the sheets of vinyl. You should also ensure that the sub-floor is level to give a sound base and that the surface is dry.

There are 3 ways that vinyl can be fitted:

Loose lay

As the header suggests, this is where the vinyl is laid on top of the sub-floor without attaching it at all. It’s the easiest method for you to implement, but it can allow the vinyl to move, which is why we recommend that only vinyl floors of up to 15m are loose-laid.

Perimeter fix

This technique involves attaching the vinyl to the sub-floor along two adjacent walls as well as in the doorway. This allows the vinyl to move and is the most popular method of fitting. It’s very important to use anti-plasticiser glue, as other types of adhesive can react with the vinyl, turning it yellow.

Full stuck

We recommend this option for high-traffic areas, commercial environments, areas of over 15m2 or where there is wheelchair use. Sticking the vinyl down fully is permanent and will present a challenge if and when you decide to replace it! Again, the glue must be anti-plasticiser to prevent a reaction and discolouration.

For a more detailed explanation, take a look at our How to Lay Vinyl Flooring DIY Guide.

4. How do you clean wood effect vinyl flooring?

Wood effect vinyl flooring is well known for being extremely easy to clean – especially in comparison to real wood. Vinyl flooring is also stain resistant so it is a great option for busy families.

You should remove loose dirt and debris with a soft brush regularly and clear any spillages or stains with a damp, but not wet, cloth. Never leave water on the surface of vinyl and always check the label of cleaning materials before use to ensure they are safe for your floors and your home.

5. Wood Effect Vinyl Flooring Safety Advice

While water resistant, vinyl is non absorbent so any spillages should be cleaned immediately. This will reduce the risks of slips and is especially important in homes with children or pets.

Always check cleaning products are safe to use on vinyl floors by reading the label first.

View our Wood Effect Vinyl Flooring now and order free samples to see which one looks the best in your home!