Printed Vinyl Flooring – why your home needs 2017’s flooring trend!
Custom printed vinyl flooring is here with a bang and I’m about to fill you in with the info as to why it’s capturing the imagination.
There’s another post here on ideas for patterned vinyl flooring but read on and see why bespoke printed vinyl flooring could be just the thing to help add oomph to your home in 2017!
When we read Yanic Simard’s article in Houzz a couple of months back, we had a little squeak of delight that vinyl flooring was again getting its time out in the sun!
We’ve been a proud advocate of it for a while now and when we created our NuViFloor, we knew we had a winner on our hands (or under our feet!).
Here are some of the reasons why vinyl flooring is such a growing trend.
Why bespoke printed vinyl flooring?
Firstly, let’s get this out there – vinyl flooring is simple to fit and with a multitude of designs available and with the minimum of effort, the transformation can be incredible. From bold geometric shapes to an intricately tiled seamless pattern, or even your own design, the only limitation is imagination.
There are no interlocking planks to hold dirt and with a snug trim between any panels, it stays clean and is easy to manage.
It also locks out water so no moisture can creep in and any little spillages are just a wipe up and dry rather than through to the subfloor. If your home is like ours and full of pets and kids, vinyl floor covering really comes into its own. It’s so easy to care for and keeps looking fresh.
What do the experts think?
FCnews discussed vinyl usage with both architects and designers ( who are using in make or break commercial flooring applications and not our domestic flooring use ) for a survey and published claims stating that:
Architects and designers are using vinyl building products, including flooring, wallcoverings and more, because:
- Vinyl is durable and performs well over time
- It’s easy to maintain/clean
- It’s less expensive than many alternatives
- Vinyl does not rust or corrode
They also stated that “satisfaction with vinyl and vinyl applications is up over 20% since 2010 amongst architects and interior designers. Architects said they are 15% more satisfied with vinyl today, and interior designers said they are 28% more satisfied.”
They also state that vinyl flooring is the only flooring category enjoying a growing market share. Keep your eyes peeled and expect to see it really take off in 2017 and beyond! Be ahead of your friends and start looking now to update your room.
All info above came from the FCnews article here.
Now that’s enough homework from the textbooks, let’s get to the pretty pictures.
Different types of vinyl flooring
Think vinyl flooring and you may mix it in with cushionfloor, linoleum, vinyl tiles and vinyl planks.
Cushionfloor or cushionflor is a popular product that feels soft underfoot. Simple to install and look after but limited in appearance by either replicating the look of wood or mimicking other standard flooring finishes. A great alternative but if you’re looking for a truly individual floor covering design idea, it’s not really going to hit a home run.
The same could also be aimed at both vinyl tiles and planks – they are easier to fit and maintain than hardwood but only offer a similar look or design. There are more innovative colours and finishes in some of the options if you search, but for a genuine bespoke look that will really add individual impact to your room, they are only currently available from a select number of industrial suppliers.
We understand though that the options above may be perfect for your installation. Ours may not be right for your home. Please use this post as an outline rather than a definitive guide and ask if you need more advice from us or your regular flooring supplier.
Changing your flooring is not something you’ll be doing every week so ensure you’ve weighed up all the alternatives and grabbed samples and info from wherever possible.
How to install
Most vinyl flooring is usually supplied in a roll and cut to the required length. It can arrive up to 4m in width. Apply first into a corner of the room then work across the floor. The idea is to create a smooth uniform finish with no wrinkles or creases. Information for either the tiles or planks will be part of the purchased pack. Have a good read before rolling your sleeves up!
The project starts with clearing up the existing subfloor and making ready. If there is an existing carpet or laminate, it will need taking up, although some types of vinyl flooring can go right on top of floorboards or tiles. As long as it is smooth and all bumps have been filled and levelled you should be good to go.
We know some of the installation guides are a bit of a science lesson and even ours covers all eventualities but in most cases, use a little common sense and remember as always, preparation at the beginning is the key to a fantastic result at the end!
Our innovative printed vinyl flooring
Our NuViFloor printed vinyl flooring has a crystal textured top surface to promote super durability and wear resistance. The vinyl starts life as a translucent roll and we print on the reverse beneath this textured top layer. Your chosen pattern is then sealed in with a protective overlayer.
Everyday life may try and wreak havoc across the face of the product but it can never affect the quality of the pattern. Your design will stay as vibrant as the day it came off our machines.
This reverse print technology is one of the unique elements of our exclusive vinyl flooring. It means that once fitted, your home looks better for longer!
Once we print your order it’s supplied as a roll at 1200mm wide by the full length you specified. Our packaging team wraps it all up securely and boxes ready to go. As some floors can be uneven, we supply it with an overlap on both sides of the width to trim in place.
If you or your installer would prefer, we can also provide pre-trimmed panels to butt join – just let us know prior to your request being produced.
It can be secured in place using strong double sided tape or a contact adhesive. Information is online and we also have full installation instructions on the site here.
What we think
Of course, we may be a little biased here, but with the advances in vinyl flooring durability and colour vibrancy, we think the new ranges of bespoke designer vinyl floor coverings can completely change a room’s feel and style in one swoop. We don’t think it’s too difficult either to install or design. We are always open to discuss any individual project ideas no matter how complex or downright strange.
Lastly, always ask for a visual proof emailed over to help when fitting panels. Any supplier should send as standard and it will make it that bit simpler to fit. With printed vinyl flooring, it’s all about the design so make sure it all lines up and looks spot on.
Our final words on its unique appearance and installation simplicity are probably summed up best with our new Venetian pattern from Mort & Hex. An individual and exclusive Italian tile design that removes all the hard work and hassle of purchasing each separate tile to match. No more endless piecing together the floor tile design. By supplying printed vinyl flooring in reel form, it couldn’t be easier to roll out, install and admire!
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