What is sheet vinyl flooring?

Standard sheet vinyl flooring was the version that was introduced to the US market decades ago. At that time, it was highly praised for its functional characteristics and affordability; it was also considered a lower-cost product to be used mainly in kitchens and baths. Today, this flooring is so stylish, we're seeing it in all rooms, as well as in some very high-end homes.

Dorsey Brothers is a family-owned, 55-year-old company. We're also a vinyl retailer who knows there are different types of this type of flooring, including sheet, composite tiles, and luxury vinyl. Let us show you samples of this completely modern and fashionable material.

What’s the difference between luxury and sheet vinyl?

Luxury is a more advanced, newer version of sheet vinyl. It is thicker and will remain completely impervious to water for several hours. The biggest difference, however, is that it has more design options. While sheet vinyl has many color and pattern varieties, the luxury version can also be cut. Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is most often associated with hardwood because it mimics wood boards. The other, Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is cut into square, groutable, tile-sized pieces. Many think the extra seams of a cut add more authenticity. Planks, however, are popular in stone looks because of the larger format/fewer seams. It gives it a more continuous look, such as that of quarried stone, many think. The standard version is also available in a composite tile, a mixture of limestone and resins. These are sturdy, durable and installation methods are either glue-down (with an underlayment) or peel and stick.

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The floating floor technique

Floating floors refer to the installation method, not the product. Floating floors are most commonly associated with luxury vinyl, but can also be applied to sheet vinyl. Pieces click together, form a mat, and then it hovers over an existing subfloor. There won't be pieces to click with rolls of the sheet, but it can be placed to hover. As always, the subfloor needs to be clean, dry, and level. If uneven, the installer may have to sand it, as imperfections can telegraph through to the surface.

For more information about vinyl flooring, visit the Dorsey Brothers showroom in Hagerstown, MD, serving: Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Boonsboro, Hancock, Keedysville, and Smithsburg. We provide a free, no-obligation in-home quote.