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Getting the best from your vinyl flooring.

At Out & About Carpets and Flooring we are often asked about Vinyl Flooring and its pros and cons.  Here are some popular frequently asked questions that we are often asked.

Does Vinyl Flooring require underlay?

Underlay is not recommended for use with vinyl flooring because it already features in-built cushioning.  Cushioned vinyl provides sound and heat insulation on its own negating the need for extra underlay.

Can you install vinyl flooring on uneven floors?

Uneven floorboards or large gaps between the floorboards may show through onto the vinyl.  This can cause tram lines or creases.  To avoid this problem from occurring we’d always recommend prepping the sub-floor first.

Ply Board Preparation.

If you have uneven floorboards the best option would be to have ply-board fitted on-top of your floorboards. We use 6mm plyboard as it provides a strong, stable and flat surface.  By installing plyboard under your new vinyl  you will enjoy long term and trouble-free wear.

We can help with ply-boarding.

You are welcome to complete the floor preparation and ply-boarding yourself but we do offer this service alongside our standard fitting.

Is vinyl flooring available in a large range of colours and styles?

Yes absolutely.  We have a wide range of sample book designs which include wood effect, ceramic, slate, stone and mosaic designs.

Which rooms would you recommend vinyl flooring for?

Vinyl flooring is very versatile and it’s great for any room in the house.  It’s an especially good choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and playrooms.  We also recommend vinyl flooring for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Is there anywhere you wouldn’t recommend vinyl flooring for?

The only place we don’t recommend vinyl flooring is actually on stairs.  We would only ever supply and fit vinyl flooring on flat and level surfaces.

Is Vinyl Flooring suitable for home offices?

Yes and No! Vinyl flooring can be fitted into a home office but if you have swivel office chairs you will need an office chair floor protector.  If you don’t use a floor protector the wheels of the office chair may damage the flooring after a while.  For a home office we would be more likely to recommend a laminate floor or LVT.  It would depend on your budget.

Is vinyl flooring suitable for Children and Pets?

Yes absolutely!  Vinyl flooring is ideal for a family home with children and pets.  It’s slip resistant, waterproof and easy to clean.

We only offer vinyl flooring with a minimum rating of R10 slip resistance, this will help with stability and traction. This makes vinyl flooring an ideal choice for busy households with children and pets.

Is it comfortable to walk on?

Vinyl flooring is softer underfoot than other hard-surface flooring options, making it easier to stand on for long periods of time.  Some offer superior scratch, scuff and stain protection and we will gladly advise you on which is best for your needs.  Contact us here.

Does Vinyl Flooring come with any warranties?

Some manufacturers offer up to 10 years wear warranty.  These warranties are an indication of the confidence in the durability of this hard-wearing flooring.

Is Vinyl Flooring easy to maintain?

Caring for your new vinyl floor couldn’t be simpler. Regular sweeping and occasional mopping will keep your floor looking great.

Use a simple vinegar solution for everyday washing. Vinegar is a totally harmless substance that lightly cleans vinyl floors to keep them looking fresh. As a general rule, you want to use a mild cleanser to do the job, since harsher cleanser are tougher on the flooring.

How to make a vinegar floor cleaning solution.

To make a vinegar solution, simply mix equal parts white vinegar and water.  Use a mop to clean the floor.  If you want your floor to look shiny, add a few drops of jojoba oil to the mix.

How much does vinyl flooring cost per square metre?

We have a wide range of vinyl flooring options to suit most budgets.  Our vinyl flooring ranges are priced from £8.99 per square metre. Prices will vary depending on the quality and slip resistance rating of the vinyl flooring.

What about fitting costs and accessories?

Did you know that vinyl flooring is also cheaper to have fitted?  Savings are made because there’s no need for many accessories such as underlay, gripper and scotia beading etc.. The fitting costs are also less than half the price of a laminate flooring installation.

If you have any questions about vinyl flooring, feel free to contact us.

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