The 5 Top Vinyl Flooring Questions

Are you exploring flooring options and wondering if vinyl flooring is right for your Portland, Oregon home? Here are 5 top questions about vinyl to help you with your decision.

What is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl Flooring is a versatile, waterproof, fire-resistant, easy-to-care-for solution available at great value.

It consists of three layers:

  • A bottom PVC or polyvinyl chloride flexible layer that offers added comfort while walking or standing.
  • A patterned design layer.
  • A top wear layer on top that provides durability, protect the floor from scratches and makes vinyl flooring easy to care for and clean.

Vinyl flooring is often confused with linoleum and luxury vinyl tile. Unlike linoleum, vinyl is not made from linseed oil.

>> Read What Makes Linoleum Flooring Such a Great Solution for Portland OR Homes?

And, unlike Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), vinyl consists of fewer layers and looks slightly less realistic.

>> See LVT Flooring: Nine Things We Love About Luxury Vinyl Tile

What makes vinyl floors so popular?

That said, vinyl floors are popular, offering you a wide range of colors, styles and patterns, including stone and wood looks, to coordinate perfectly with your own design style and your home’s setting at a fair price.

Vinyl also comes in three formats for convenient installation depending on your room size, how much foot traffic that room gets and your budget: sheets, tile and planks.

1. Vinyl Sheets

Sheet vinyl consists of large pieces of vinyl in 6′, 12′ and 13’2″ rolls. This is the most popular form of vinyl as you can easily cover large areas with few seams which makes it ideal for areas of high moisture.

At Classique Floors + Tile, you’ll find sheet vinyl with:

Felt-Backing where the vinyl has a bottom layer of felt which adheres directly to the subfloor.

Fiberglass where the vinyl has a bottom layer of fiberglass which provides for greater dimensional stability and a more resilient, cushiony, soft feel underfoot.

2. Vinyl Tile

Hugely versatile, vinyl tile can be installed on a diagonal, in a checkerboard pattern, or mixed and matched to suit your style.

3. Vinyl Planks

Vinyl planks come in narrow plank-like strips with a hard, durable top layer and backed with a flexible material for a comfortable walking surface. When installed, they look very realistic.

A Classique Floors + Tile, you’ll find vinyl planks that easily attach to the neighboring plank making for quick installation. You can also install it over existing vinyl or tile.

Compared to sheet vinyl, vinyl tiles and planks are easier to replace since all you need to do is replace the damaged section rather than the entire sheet.

Vinyl planks look realistic when installed.

What is the ideal thickness of vinyl flooring?

When you are shopping for vinyl flooring, you’ll discover that it is available in thicknesses ranging from 2mm to 5mm. Generally, the thicker the vinyl, the more durable.

However, it’s important for you to consider the following questions:

  • Which room or space are you installing vinyl flooring in?
  • How much foot traffic will that space receive?
  • What kind of subfloor will you be installing over?
  • What shape is that subfloor in?

Generally, you’ll want to select a thicker vinyl floor for entry foyers and hallways which get a lot of traffic.

If your subfloor isn’t fully level or needs some additional support, you’ll want a thicker vinyl flooring.

Your Classique Floors + Tile consultant can help you determine the condition of your subfloor and which is the best thickness of vinyl flooring for your space.

How to prepare for a vinyl flooring installation?

As with any type of flooring, it’s best to work with professional installers. They will address any subfloor issues – such as cracks and uneven surfaces – and test any concrete floors for moisture.

In addition to considering the state of your subfloors, your installers will ensure that they are clean and dry. It’s important to ensure that the floor is completely clear of dust, dirt or any other debris that might prevent the adhesive from working.

Before installation begins, the vinyl and the adhesive will need to acclimate to the installation space for at least 24 to 48 hours.

Ready to shop Classique Floors + Tile and pick the perfect vinyl flooring?

How should you care for your vinyl flooring?

As we mentioned, what makes vinyl such an ideal flooring is how easy it is to clean.

When your floors are first installed, we recommend that you keep traffic light for the first 24 hours. That allows the adhesive to dry properly.

Similarly, if your floor has been seamed, avoid stepping on the seam sealer for 24 hours so it can dry undisturbed.

Definitely avoid scrubbing or washing your floor for at least 3 days after installation and clean any adhesive residue with a clean, white cloth dampened with mineral spirits (Note: Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Take all precautions listed on the container.)

After those first few days, you can implement routine cleaning as follows:

  • Occasionally damp mop the floor with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner to remove dirt build-up.
  • As a substitute, 2-3 capfuls of clear, non-sudsy ammonia in one gallon of water may be used.
  • Using more than the recommended amount of cleaner may leave a dull film. See your flooring retailer for more information.

We also recommend that you place non-staining mats on your vinyl floor at entryways, for example. Please don’t use rubber-backed, latex-backed or coco fiber mats on your floor; they will stain or damage the surface.

Ready to shop Classique Floors + Tile and pick the perfect vinyl flooring?

We invite you to visit our Portland, Oregon showroom to explore the many vinyl flooring options we carry. We think you’ll find the perfect solution for your home.

And schedule an in-home, customized project assessment. Your Classique project consultant will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation, answering all your questions.

You’ll be delighted. We promise.

Thanks for reading,




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