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Four things to know about sheet vinyl

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Sheet vinyl has been used as a floor covering since it was invented in the 1930s.

It’s been improved upon considerably throughout the years, and is still a popular choice for flooring in homes. Sheet vinyl comes in sheets 6 or 12 feet wide.

Here are four important points to consider when looking at sheet vinyl:

1. It’s low-maintenance and durable. It’s highly water-resistant, which is probably its most important feature, due to its large size with few seams. Sheet vinyl is also easy-care ( Just clean it with damp mop) so it’s ideal in kitchens, baths and laundry rooms, according to home advice site The Spruce. It’s also stain-resistant because it has a clear layer on the surface. It’s durable, often lasting up to 20 years.

2. It’s affordable and easy to install. Because it comes in such large sections, sheet vinyl only needs to be cut to fit and glued around the perimeter of the floor. It’s typically low to moderately priced, and even high-end vinyl costs less than premium flooring like stone, so sheet vinyl can cost up to 70 percent less than other flooring. Installation is easy because it usually takes only one or two solid pieces to cover an entire floor.

3. It’s available in a vast array of choices. Unlike tiles or planks, sheet vinyl comes in just about any pattern or color, which is printed on the surface, including hardwood, stone and ceramic.

4. It’s comfortable. Vinyl doesn’t get cold in winter like stone or ceramic tile. And it’s softer than wood, says The Spruce. Some sheet vinyl even has a padded layer underneath for additional comfort.

Murphy’s Flooring : 2104 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, IL., 60098 : 815. 334.5985 : http://www.murphysflooring.net/

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