We’ve gotten the question before: What exactly is vinyl flooring? The answer from our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City: Modern vinyl flooring (sold after the early 1980s) is made of colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips. Those chips are then formed into solid sheets or tiles by heat and pressure.

Vinyl Flooring

The next question we hear from homeowners: Is vinyl flooring right for my home? The answer: Yes, if any of the following 3 priorities are on your list:

  1. Variety – If you can dream it up, vinyl flooring probably has you covered. From wood and stone-look luxury vinyl to something a little wild (think unusual color with a crazy pattern), vinyl floor probably has the most design options of any flooring surface.
  2. Durability and ease of cleaning – If you owned a vinyl floor back in the 1960s or 1970s, chances are you associate vinyl floors with the shiny, plastic looking floors that were prone to scuffing and scratching. The good news – those days are long gone, with vinyl floors offered in matte finishes with improved durability.   Now, vinyl flooring is an ideal option for high traffic areas. It is resistant to dirt, moisture, and is highly stain resistant. Many vinyl flooring manufacturers also apply up to a 15-year warranty to their products.
  3. Value – vinyl flooring typically “punches above its weight class” compared to other flooring options. You can get the appeal of wood or stone for a fraction of the price. Vinyl also only needs to be swept or mopped occasionally, cutting down on cleaning costs.

To find the exact cost of your target vinyl floor, give our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City a call. Our mobile showrooms are ready to give you a free, in-home estimate to determine which vinyl flooring option will be best for you and your home. We proudly serve the St. Louis, MO area.


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