Vinyl Plank

Curtis Carpets offers Vinyl Flooring Installation in Winnipeg

There is no doubt that a good floor adds an added layer of beauty and class to your home. That said, vinyl flooring takes this to a whole different level. With vinyl flooring, you need not worry about water or scratch because you now have a solution that handles these for you effectively. Regardless of what you are looking for, be it luxury vinyl plank flooring, vinyl tile, or vinyl sheet flooring, we have a solution for you at Curtis Carpets.

Vinyl flooring are functional and easy to maintain. We feature a wide selection of traditional and contemporary designs of Vinyl flooring in Winnipeg from Armstrong, Domco, Mannington and Congoleum. Select from hundreds of patterns including in stock items at huge savings.

Vynil Plank

Types of Vinyl Floor

While the demand for the Vinyl remains high, the challenge for many homeowners is differentiating the different types of Vinyl-Vinyl Plank from Vinyl Sheet or Luxury Vinyl Tile and identifying the best type of Vinyl for the home.

This Guide helps you understand the different types of Vinyl floor.

Waterproof Vinyl Plank

Otherwise known as the luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or just vinyl plank, vinyl plank comes in woodlike planks. It is also highly water resistant and easy to install as compared to the Vinyl sheet. Replacing or maintaining luxury vinyl plank is also very easy as you can easily remove a damaged piece with another without entirely needing to remove the whole floor.

Vinyl Sheet

Made of very similar material as the vinyl plank, vinyl sheet is a non-rigid sheetlike vinyl flooring material that is installed as a whole or single piece. Vinyl sheet is also water resistant and very durable. One of the drawbacks of the vinyl sheet is that you will likely need to remove the whole floor is a part of it is damaged, unlike the vinyl plank. The sheet vinyl is glued to the floor during installation.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Other known as vinyl tile or waterproof vinyl tile, this is the type of vinyl that comes in square and looks exactly like ceramic tiles. It is also water resistant and does not scratch easily. You will likely need the help of an installer to help with the installation of the vinyl tile. The vinyl tile is also very easy to maintain and comes in gorgeous natural colors and surface texture that feels like real tiles.

How to Choose Vinyl

The second most common challenge for many after understanding the different types of vinyl is how to choose vinyl floors.

There are three basic ways of choosing the right type of vinyl floor for your house, which are:

Thickness of the Vinyl

This is when you base your choice on the with of the vinyl. When choosing by thickness, then you should opt for the thickness of at least 2mm.

Comparing Wear Layers

This is when you choose your vinyl base on its wear layer.

Selecting the Color and Width

Vinyl comes in a variety of beautiful colors and designs. You can make your pick also by the color.

In general, you want to go for a colorful vinyl that is at least 2mm thick with a wear layer of at least 10mil.

Properties of Vinyl Floors

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Water resistant

The biggest advantage or reason why many choose vinyl for their homes is because vinyl flooring is water resistant. The sheet vinyl takes this to a whole different level because it is usually laid without having grooves, unlike tiles. In other words, there is nowhere water can pass through to damage the floor.

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Scratch Resistant

Not only are Vinyl floors waterproof but also they scratch resistant. Regardless of the type of Vinyl floor, you have installed in your home-luxury vinyl plank, luxury vinyl tile, or vinyl sheet, they have very high resistant to scratch. This is mostly because of how they are processed.

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Design

Vinyl floor comes in different designs and styles. The vinyl plank comes in woodlike or planklike designs and shapes, while the luxury vinyl tiles come in squares with a luxury feel. The sheet vinyl also comes in a variety of patterns, colors, and designs. Whatever your design needs or expectations are, vinyl has something for you.

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Changeable

Vinyl floors are known for the ease of maintenance. For example, changing or replacing a vinyl plank floor or vinyl tile floor is as easy and seamless. You can do this either by yourself or with the help of a professional technician. NB: Vinyl sheet can be a bit pricy to maintain. This is because you will need to remove the entire sheet in case of small damage or scratch.

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Easy Installation

Vinyl floors are easy to install either by yourself or by a technician and you can easily install your flooring in a day or two.

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Practical

The main reason why tile vinyl is chosen by many is because it can mimic a variety of other expensive flooring types such as ceramic tiles, hardwood floor, and stone floor. Vinyl gives you the opportunity to give your home that luxurious feel it deserves only at a fraction of cost.

Our Partners

Curtis Carpets partners with the best manufacturers and distributors known for top quality vinyl across North America.
Our top partners for vinyl flooring include:

Beckham Brothers

The Beckham Brothers is a brand that combines people’s styles and budgets with impressive products quality and performance. For Beckham Brothers, customer or consumer always comes first. Their superior quality of the laminate floor is unmatched. With more than two decades of experience in laminate flooring, Beckham Brothers are what comes to mind when thinking of laminate flooring in Canada.

Shaw Floors

Shaw Floor has been at the forefront of exceptional quality of products for more than 40 years. Floorte is the latest collection of Luxury Vinyl from Shaw Floors. With scores of design to choose from, Floorte has one of the best collection of luxury vinyl in North America. Curtis carpets remain one of the approved distributors of these quality materials from a top brand in the floors industry.

Gerflor Group

Gerflor Group is a topmost French manufacturer of vinyl flooring solutions. Gerflor Group creates, manufactures, and markets innovative, decorative and sustainable vinyl flooring solutions and wall finishes for professionals and consumers.

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring? Pros and Cons of LVP and LVT.

This article explains what Luxury vinyl is, the pros and cons for luxury vinyl, the different types/forms of the product as well as the acronyms/abbreviations used in the industry (e.g. LVP, LVT). 

As you’ll see, vinyl has come a long way since its original introduction in the 1930’s.  There are now options that look and feel so real, many mistakenly think they are hardwood or ceramic.

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank

What does LVP stand for?  What does LVT stand for?

First, LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Plank and LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile.  As the name implies, Luxury Vinyl Planks look like planks of hardwood floors; and Luxury Vinyl Tile looks like Tile (or natural stone).  They are individual pieces of vinyl (not sheet vinyl), so they look very similar to the real thing.  Most luxury vinyls are water resistant.

Now, there are multiple types/forms of Luxury Vinyl and different grades.  These grades can affect many different factors including sheen, durability, style and hardness.

This is the fastest growing flooring category in the market and the innovation in this area has been exploding.  There are more and more color and form options, so it makes it very exciting.

What are the different forms of luxury vinyl flooring?

Years ago, luxury vinyl was only available in a glue down form.  These vinyls could be glued down directly to a concrete sub-floor or plywood.  They are thin so that when they are glued directly to a concrete sub-floor, they just lay on top of it without providing any cushioning. It’s almost as if you are walking on top of a concrete floor (hence, it can be hard and cold).

Also, because the vinyl is thin, imperfections in the sub-floor can telegraph through (and show the imperfections of the sub-floor).  

Years later, they started to come out with variations on these vinyls where the vinyl was “floating.”  Floating means that the floor wasn’t glued or attached to the sub-floor. This made it easier for novices and do-it-yourselfers to install, and if you wanted to replace the floor, it was much easier to rip up.

The problems with these initial entrants is that they weren’t very durable.  Many would curl up over time and delaminate (especially if the area got damp or wet), and if your sub-floor isn’t even, the pieces wouldn’t line up, and then over time as the floor was used more, the pieces would separate and create tripping hazards.

Over the last 5 years vinyl flooring has evolved into vinyl plank and tile.  These are WATER RESISTANT (like most glue down vinyls), but they are thicker and click together.  So, they look much nicer and feel like a real floor.  They provide a bit of a cushion and insulation from the sub-floor below.  They also  stay in place.

These vinyl planks look and feel amazingly realistic.  Unlike laminate flooring, they look and sound very real.  And, they are available in super stylish colors.

At Curtis Carpets we often recommend vinyl plank flooring as it looks and feels so real.  But, there are definitely some circumstances where this type of product doesn’t make sense (see below) in which case we would then recommend a glue down luxury vinyl.  We would generally eliminate the other thin floating options as they do not hold up well (and often have issues within 6-12 months).

What are the advantages of Vinyl Plank and Tile?

  • Looks and feel very real – It’s incredible how real Luxury vinyl looks, especially vinyl plank.  Many of our clients mistake it for hardwood.  Also, with the thicker/more rigid planks, it feels more like a real floor.
  • Water resistant – Yes, this is a huge benefit as it holds up to moisture and water.  So luxury vinyl is a great selection for areas prone to water, such as kitchens, basements and mudrooms.
  • Can be installed on top of virtually any level surface (based on manufacturer specs).  Luxury vinyl can go on top of concrete, plywood and tile.  It can even go on top of radiant heat.  
  • Saves you money – Generally, this is less expensive vs hardwood or tile,  And, you can often avoid tile removal which can add a lot to your labor costs.
  • Gives more insulation and sound proofing vs glue down vinyls and laminate.
  • Easier on your feet.  Yes, vinyl planks are much more comfortable on your feet, and it feels as if you are walking on a real floor.  A cork underlayment helps give he floor a bit more give.  (Note:  While most luxury vinyls have an underlayment some don’t (and I would avoid these) and some have alternative cushioning.
  • Does not require tile removal.  You usually do not need to rip up tile or other surfaces (unless they are crumbling or falling apart).  If there is a height restriction (e.g. due to appliances), you may consider ripping up what you have, but it’s usually not necessary. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to float and level your substrate in order to install Vinyl plank or tile on top of it.
  • Great stylish colors – They have many great options for grays, as well as farmhouse or distressed looks.  In these colors/styles, it’s often more challenging and/or expensive to find in hardwood and tile.  Curtis Carpets showroom in Winnipeg has super looking options at a much more affordable price.

When does it make sense to do a floating vinyl plank rather than a glue down luxury vinyl?

  • When your floors are flat and level, you can use whichever type of vinyl (or other flooring you want).  In these circumstances, most customers prefer vinyl plank as it looks and feels nicer (and it often costs a bit  less, too).
  • When you want a floor that is water and moisture resistant.  Vinyl plank is perfect for this, and a way better option vs laminate (or engineered hardwood) that can become ruined just from moisture, let alone a floor or water leak.
  • When you’re looking for more stylish colors.  Because the engineered vinyl planks are newer and more popular, they are rapidly expanding their lines and color selection.  It’s often easier to find more options in the more recent hot trends for grays, weathered woods and farmhouse looks in the engineered planks.  There are generally fewer options in the glue down versions.

Frequently asked questions about engineered vinyl planks

How do you clean engineered vinyl planks?

One of the great things about vinyls is that they are easy to clean and virtually any all purpose cleaner will work.  Curtis Carpets recommends Bona Tile and Laminate cleaner (which you can purchase at Curtis Carpets) You’re safer with this one, especially for vinyl planks.

How does the luxury vinyl stay in place if it’s a floating floor?

Vinyl planks are clickable (in the same way that a laminate is).  The more you lock together, the heavier the flooring becomes, so the weight helps it hold it down. And, very importantly, it’s secured around the edges with either base molding or quarter round.  You can also purchase matching transitions for the edges for doorways if you need them.

Summary

Luxury Vinyl Planks are the fast growing segment in the market place.  They provide an amazingly real and contemporary look, and they are highly durable and versatile.  Customers love that they are water resistant, so they are great for water or moisture prone areas such as kitchens and basements.

Luxury vinyl tends to hold up much better than laminate and engineered hardwood and they can be installed on top of virtually any type of surface. Stop by Curtis Carpets and we can answer any other Vinyl Plank or Tile questions you may have!

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