Shoppers in the market for new flooring will come across vinyl at some point. It’s a popular option in South Africa because there are countless brands with a wide array of designs, and prices range from budget-friendly to high-end. It is considered a low-fuss option that is easier to install than most kinds of floors and it is available in gorgeous styles perfect for any interior aesthetic. We at Top Carpets and Floors understand that local customers appreciate variety and versatility, but that prices are important too. Our collection of vinyl flooring products comes in options to suit everyone’s pocket, so you won’t be stuck making those head-versus-heart choices.
Understanding The Different Types of Vinyl
There are various reasons why someone would opt for vinyl flooring within their home as it comes with several benefits. Products of this kind are known for their low prices, high durability under heavy foot traffic, long lifespan, easy installation, underfoot comfort, resistance to stains and spills, and moisture resistance. Shoppers can also decide on a look they enjoy, such as solid wood, stone or tile, which vinyl products mimic quite realistically. Customers can still have their luxury aesthetic without the high price and downsides of hardwood and tiling. To learn more about the prices you can expect to pay, it is essential to understand that there are several options available to you.
– Luxury vinyl planks:
There are various luxury plank options, including stick-down planks, click planks, wood plastic composites (WPCs) and stone plastic composites (SPCs). Stick-down planks are glued to the floor with a special adhesive during installation, while click planks are floating floors that click into place with an interlocking system. Wood plastic composites are made from a thicker board. The interlocking tiles also make them a more DIY-friendly option when it comes to installations. Stone plastic composites make use of newer technology to mimic natural wood and stone at affordable prices. They are also constructed with a thicker board, and their core means they do not expand or shrink as easily as other types of luxury planks.
– Luxury vinyl tiles and sheeting:
This is a popular flooring type made with coloured PVC chips that form solid sheets of various thicknesses. The tiles are cut into modular shapes like squares and applied to the floor with a pliable adhesive. This option is great for commercial floors as it is easy to clean, durable and available in large rolls and tiles that make covering large areas a simpler task.
Cushion vinyl flooring:
This option is prized for its resilience and how easy it is to fit and install without any unsightly seams. It also has a tough, protective coating which does not stain easily.
How the Material Influences Prices
When looking up prices in this flooring category, you may be confused because some options seem absurdly cheap, while other products are clearly targeted at a luxury market. How the product is made will influence its price range, but do not just settle for a product because you believe it to be affordable. Quality plays a major role in how long your floors will last and how well they will perform. Low-budget flooring made from poor materials that are cheaper won’t last more than a few years, probably won’t come with a backing, and will scratch and scuff easily. Mid-range products are usually a great option for those seeking a compromise between cost and quality, and you will likely find more style options too. Vinyl flooring of a higher quality than standard designs, however, lasts much longer and performs better – it also mimics wood and stone more realistically. You will find many higher-quality floating floors, and they do not need to be stuck down, which reduces installation costs.
The Characteristics of the Room and Labour Costs
Prices will also vary depending on the kind of space you want to refloor. If it is a room with many nooks or stairs, it is more labour-intensive, and installers will likely charge you more. Rooms that are hard to reach (due to flights of stairs) or pieces of furniture that need to be moved will hike up your price too. Not all subfloors are the same, either. Depending on the condition of your subfloor, your installer will need to prepare it appropriately before the installation.
Questions to Ask Your Installer
Professional installations are always better but ensuring you find the right installer is an important investment. Before hiring anyone, be sure to ask the right questions, such as:
- Can you provide evidence of previous work done or a project portfolio?
- What kind of preparation will the subfloor require?
- Does the quote include any hidden costs?
- Will they remove the old floor coverings and move your furniture for you?
- Which products would work best for the space if vinyl flooring is not the right option?
Why Choose Top Carpets and Floors
With exceptional installation guarantees and a wide range of products at competitive prices, we at Top Carpets and Floors are a preferred flooring supplier across South Africa. From choosing the best solution to the installation of the design, we will be there every step of the way.