Ah, vinyl. Easy to install, incredibly affordable and available in a number of different styles. With all its benefits, there’s no wonder this floor covering is a popular choice in kitchens and bathrooms around the world. Decades ago, there were only a few different patterns for vinyl floors, but today’s high definition printing technology has given us thousands (yes, thousands) of unique vinyl floor patterns in every style and colour you can imagine. Today, we’ll take a brief look at four of our favourite vinyl flooring prints used around the world. Enjoy! The Four Types of Vinyl Floor Styles 1) Checkered A classic look, checkered floors stand out for their simple but sophisticated look. Because most checkered floors come in black and white, it’s best to pair these floors with simple but colourful accent pieces. If you prefer a floor with more colour, it’s possible to find a design that uses the checkered pattern with bolder tones. 2) Hardwood “Look-Alikes” Earlier, we mentioned that today’s printing technology has given us a number of intriguing vinyl prints. Vinyl floors with hardwood look-alike patters are just one of these new print designs, and this style has become popular in single family homes and apartment units alike. 3) Solid Tone If you prefer that the focus point of your home be your décor rather than your flooring, using a solid tone floor is probably the best vinyl choice for you. Vinyl floors come in hundreds of solid colours, including neutral, bright, and unusual tones. 4) Tile Although the grout lines can be hard to clean, tile printed vinyl is a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens. You can find vinyl flooring with tile designs in several colours and tile sizes in price ranges that won’t damage your budget. Vinyl Planks VS “Sheet” Vinyl If you’re studying vinyl styles in preparation for an upcoming DIY installation project, it’s important to know that vinyl floors come in two manufacturing styles. Now that you know the visual benefits of vinyl floors, let’s look at the ways vinyl can be installed. Vinyl Plank Flooring: When vinyl floors are sold in individual planks that slide (or click) together, they are called vinyl plank floors. This vinyl style is often used for designs that mimic hardwood floors because it makes it easier to achieve a more authentic appearance. Even if you’re not a skilled handyman (or woman), don’t worry – installing vinyl planks is extremely easy using the click and lock system patented by some of the world’s most popular manufacturers. “Sheet”” Vinyl: Unlike plank vinyl (that requires individual planks to be fit into one another), sheet vinyl comes in – you guessed it, a big roll (or sheet) of the plastic material. This material style is popular for the tile and solid toned floors we discussed earlier in the post. Thankfully, sheet vinyl is almost as easy to install as plank vinyl – with a few exceptions. Because the pieces must be installed in large sections, it’s easy to accidentally install the pattern (if one is used) crooked. Before securing your new vinyl to the subfloor, be sure you’ve cut out any corners and angles that the material will need to fit around. Picking a vinyl floor that matches your existing (or upcoming) interior design scheme is a simple matter of browsing through the hundreds of prints you can choose from. If you’re planning on installing a vinyl floor yourself, we recommend using plank-style floors for their user friendly design. If you need help with shopping or installing your next vinyl floor, contact our team to discuss your options.