Sheet vinyl serves an important segment in today’s commercial market because of its durability and low-maintenance properties. The construction of sheet vinyl starts with a top layer coated with a protective, scuff, and stain resistant finish. Underneath the finish, there are either filled vinyl granules or a vinyl wear layer. With this shield, sheet vinyl can be easily maintained using a polish, spray buff, or a dry buff system. As long as it is maintained properly, sheet vinyl will have an extended life cycle of 20+ years.
Commonly manufactured in 6’ and 6’7” widths, sheet vinyl is available in a complete range of colors and patterns such as wood, stone, and marbleized looks. It is also available in textured finishes for safety floors in wet areas. Moreover, sheet vinyl is the preferred product for operating rooms because of its infection control advantages. While more costly than VCT, sheet vinyl is less expensive than alternative floors such as linoleum and rubber. The resilience, diversity, and cost advantages of sheet vinyl should be considered when choosing a hard surface floor for your facility.
Discovered in the 1860’s, linoleum is an extremely durable product with a life cycle of 30+ years. Available in both tiles and roll goods, linoleum is commonly used in healthcare and education. It is now available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Linoleum does, however, require an initial maintenance with a spray-cleaning and buffing machine to protect it.
Linoleum has an environmental advantage over other flooring products. It is manufactured with 97% natural raw materials such as limestone, linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, and jute. Over 70% of these materials are rapidly renewable along with 40% recycled content. Linoleum is also biodegradable. Once it’s useful life is over, it can be scrapped, burned, or recycled back into the factory. Because of these environmental benefits, linoleum can contribute to the achievement of LEED credits and improve the overall rating of your building.