Types of Vinyl

It goes without saying then that your style will also be communicated through your flooring. The number of vinyl choices, patterns, colors, textures and price points can intimidate even the most experienced shopper. Knowing the basic types can provide you with a firm foundation upon which to begin your vinyl flooring shopping journey.

What you need to know:

  • found in the kitchen, bath or laundry room areas
  • practical, functional and fashionable
  • for active households
  • known to be cushiony and warm underfoot
  • easier to remove than a grouted ceramic tile or natural stone floor
  • can potentially save you time and money if and when replacement is due


  • you get what you pay for
  • more expensive gets you more versatile patterns, colors and textures
  • premium wear layers offer superior resistance to stains, scuffs and scratches
  • premium wear layers are enhanced with aluminum oxide, providing resistance to scratching
  • better wear layers make it easy to clean
  • better products = better performance

Size of the pattern

  • consider the size of the room and the size of the pattern
  • lighter colors will make a smaller room appear larger
  • darker colors will absorb the light for a more intimate setting
  • smaller pattern works well in small areas or in rooms where the pattern will be visually interrupted with pieces of furniture
  • larger patterns can sometimes actually visually expand a room

Other considerations

  • consider any printed fabric on your furniture or wallpaper in the room
  • if fabric or wallpaper is a large-scale print, use smaller patterns for the floor
  • small-scale pattern in the fabric or wallpaper, use a larger pattern for the floor
  • selection of gloss levels to suit your needs
  • lower the gloss level, the more forgiving your floor will be