What Is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl is a kind of synthetic material that is made out of PVC vinyl, fiberglass, and a plasticizer. It’s made up of multiple layers which have a thick core to sustain heavy foot traffic. Vinyl is a luxury material which is why people associate vinyl flooring with luxury.
Vinyl Flooring consists of two types which are as follows:
- Vinyl Roll Flooring
- Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl Roll Flooring
This type of vinyl flooring, as the name would suggest, comes in a large continuous sheet, made up of fiberglass-cushion backed-flooring. Vinyl Rolls are available in a large variety of styles and colors to choose from.
Vinyl Plank or Tile Flooring
These floors are manufactured to imitate naturally occurring flooring options such as hardwood plank floors and ceramic tiles which is why they are available in both planks and tiles. Thanks to the advancement in technology these floors look and feel almost identical to their naturally occurring counterparts.
Benefits of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl Flooring can provide many benefits, both before and after installation. Some of them are as follows:
Though it may look and feel identical to wood or stone, vinyl flooring is more durable than most of these materials. The material used on the surface can withstand a healthy amount of wear and tear. Even though the design of it looks luxurious, the interior itself can withstand high temperatures and humidity as well as moisture as it is 100% waterproof!
Being waterproof, vinyl floors are your best option when it comes to bathrooms or kitchens as they can withstand a good amount of moisture from spills or accidents. However, this does not mean they can survive flooding of any kind. In the case of a flood, you will need to change your floors.
Vinyl floors are designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear and are not easy to damage. However, if you do end up with a damaged vinyl plank, you will need to do some damage control. But fortunately, with vinyl floor planks it’s much less of a hassle. You can easily replace just the one damaged plank by contacting your local retailer.
Not only are vinyl floors easy to install, thanks to their durability and water resistance. They are also very easy to maintain properly to increase their life expectancy. That being said, you should still wipe up water spills as soon as you can and put felt pads under the bottom of your furniture legs to avoid any scratches that could be caused by moving your furniture. You can easily clean your floors using a mop or a vacuum cleaner but should refrain from using wax on your floors to avoid damage.
Depending on the quality of the material, the process of installation, and the frequency of maintenance, these floors can last anywhere from 5 to 25 years.
Design and Styles
Though wood flooring may look beautiful, you can quickly begin to feel limited in terms of design options. However, with vinyl flooring, that is not the case. Vinyl floorings increasing popularity is not only due to the ease of installation and maintenance but also due to its variety in design and style options. Vinyl plank floorings design options are mostly focused on imitating the look and feel of real wood or stone.
Ease of Installation
As you may have already noticed since you have installed vinyl plank floors, that it is very easy to install these floors. Especially when compared to real hardwood or ceramic floors. Providing that real luxurious look of tile or hardwood with almost half the effort of the installation process.
Whether you’re looking to do a complete remodeling of your home, or just want to change your flooring, Vinyl Flooring will be a very cost-effective option for you. Vinyl flooring is much more affordable than traditional wood, stone, or ceramic flooring. While also providing that same luxurious feel and look to your home.
Increases Resale Value
Vinyl floors are not only pocket-friendly when compared to other flooring options, they will also help in increasing the value of your home. When you install these floors not only will you be adding to the allure of your home but you will also be investing in its value.
After learning about the allure and benefits of vinyl flooring (and hopefully feeling assured that you made the right decision) it’s time to learn how you can cut vinyl plank floors around your toilet.
To do this you will need the following tools:
- Concave Knife
- Sheet of Paper
Up to this point, you have probably installed all your plank floors but have left some space to install the planks around your toilet.
By following the steps below, you can successfully cut vinyl planks around your toilet!
7 Steps to Cut Vinyl Plank Flooring Around a Toilet
Step 1: Laying the Underlay
Start by laying the underlay and measuring the round shape of your toilet and cutting out one half from a piece of underlay and the second half from another piece. Slide the two pieces around your toilet to fit against one another and tape them in place. Make sure the underlay does not overlap.
Step 2: The Floor
On a big sheet of paper trace the outline of your toilet. Make sure the paper fits properly around your toilet. Here you will also need to use tape to keep it in place. This will also indicate the distance of your toilet to the last row of planks you installed on the paper. Make a cut on the paper where the flooring you installed, ends.
Step 3: Trace on the Paper
Using a pencil, trace around the toilet on the paper. You will use this tracing to accurately draw the shape of the toilet on the planks.
Step 4: Placing the Planks
Click a few planks together and make sure the surface is large enough to fit your toilet. Also, add a few extra planks for stability. Take the piece of paper and tape it to your planks at the right position.
Step 5: Trace on the Plank
Using a pencil, trace against the lines of the paper onto the plank where your toilet will go.
Step 6: Cut Out the Shape
Carefully сut out the shape of the line you drew on the plank with a knife. After this, you can put your toilet inside the cut-out you just formed with the knife.
Step 7: Sealing the Toilet
You should seal your toilet to prevent any moisture from leaking out by applying elastic silicone to its base.
In this way, you will have installed your vinyl plank floor tiles around your toilet!
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Not only are vinyl floors easy to install, but they are also very easy to install in areas where you have other objects. From increasing your home’s value, adding a luxurious allure, to its ease of installation, by choosing vinyl plank or tile floors, you can never go wrong!