Types Of Vinyl Floors – All That You Need To Know

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners and business owners in New Zealand. It’s durable, low-maintenance and can be very beautiful. It could be the perfect flooring choice for you! There are two main kinds of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl flooring and vinyl plank flooring.

Even if you’ve already decided that you want your new flooring to be made of durable, beautiful vinyl, you now have a new problem on your hands – how do you know if you want sheet flooring or plank flooring?

Both of these flooring types have similarities, but they also have differences, and it’s vital that you understand the key differences between these two before you make your choice. You never know; one might be significantly more suitable for you than the other. 

The Two Main Types Of Vinyl Floors That You Should Know About

What’s the difference between sheet vinyl flooring and vinyl plank flooring? 

Sheet Flooring. Sheet vinyl is a large, single piece of vinyl that is installed over the existing flooring. It is typically less expensive than plank flooring, but it’s also a tad more difficult to install because the vinyl sheet needs to be measured and cut to fit your specific property. 

Plank Flooring. Vinyl plank flooring is made up of individual planks rather than one large sheet of vinyl. These planks are installed like real wood flooring. While it is more expensive than sheet vinyl, it’s also easier to install and more versatile. 

Ultimately, the best choice for your property will depend on what you want from your new flooring and the type of space you’re upgrading. 

Vinyl Sheets Versus Vinyl Planks

So, how does sheet vinyl flooring compare to vinyl plank flooring?

Price. Sheet flooring tends to be more affordable than plank flooring. Of course, this will also depend on the quality of the flooring you purchase, as higher-quality floors will cost more but will be more durable and long-lasting.

If you’re working with a limited budget, don’t forget to factor in other costs that’ll affect your project such as installation fees or shipping fees. 

Aesthetics. Regardless of what type you choose, you’ll have no problem finding vinyl flooring that looks absolutely lovely. Vinyl can be printed with a variety of colours and patterns that look amazing in New Zealand homes and commercial spaces.

Durability. Vinyl itself is a very durable, robust material. Both sheet vinyl flooring and vinyl plank flooring are smart choices if you want strong floors that won’t break easily.

Vinyl is also sleek and waterproof, but the design of sheet flooring makes it more resistant to moisture damage than plank flooring. This is because, while water cannot penetrate the vinyl planks themselves, it can get in the seams between each individual plank.

Maintenance. You’ll be glad to know that vinyl is a strong, low-maintenance flooring that doesn’t require too much extra care to stay beautiful and strong. For example, it doesn’t have to be resealed or waxed. Just have it installed and enjoy!

Cleaning your vinyl floors is pretty easy, regardless of if you choose sheet vinyl flooring or vinyl planks. Just remember to:

  • Regularly vacuum or sweep to remove dust, dirt and debris. This will keep your floors nice and clean.
  • Use a mop or rag to clean up messes and spills. You should never leave spills out in the open for too long. Clean them up as soon as you can to avoid even more of a mess.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals. Strong chemicals can be dangerous, and they can damage your floors or other objects that they come into contact with if used in large amounts.

Planks have an advantage over sheets when it comes to maintenance because plank flooring consists of many individual planks. So, if one or two planks get damaged or broken, you can pull those planks up and replace them with brand-new ones. 

Installation. Sheet flooring is considered much harder to install because sheet flooring is made up of large sheets. The sheets of vinyl need to be cut precisely for the location they’ll be installed in, and getting your measurements wrong could result in awkward floors that don’t look very nice. 

Vinyl planks, on the other hand, are relatively easy to install. They can be installed just like regular wooden plank flooring, one plank at a time. 

We recommend having your flooring installed by experienced, trained individuals to ensure the best results possible.

How You Can Easily Find The Perfect Flooring For Your New Zealand Property

Have you decided which type of vinyl flooring is best for your space? Don’t worry if you’re still unsure; you can get even more info about amazing vinyl flooring by visiting our Colthurst Flooring website. We have sheet vinyl flooring and vinyl plank flooring, both available in a variety of gorgeous looks!

You can also contact our team on 09 988 9630 if you have any questions for us.

Flooring is a very important part of any residential or commercial space. Make sure your NZ property has amazing floors with Colthurst Flooring!