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Everything You Need to Know About Sheet Vinyl
May 1st, 2021

What Is Sheet Vinyl?

Sheet vinyl is a PVC plastic core bonded to either a felt or foam backing and topped with a printed design layer and a tough, transparent wear layer.

Unlike other types of vinyl, sheet vinyl isn’t purchased as a tile or plank, but is instead ordered to length from large sheet rolls. As with most other vinyl flooring, sheet vinyl can be easy to install. It can simply be loose laid to a certain m2 depending on which option you choose and how busy the room is.

Sheet Vinyl is an affordable and simple way to bring resilient flooring with fantastic designs, such as wood, stone, or herringbone effect, into your home.


Is sheet vinyl the same as linoleum?

Although the two names have been used interchangeably over the years, sheet vinyl and linoleum are in fact two separate types of flooring.

Linoleum, for example, is made from all-natural materials such as linseed oil, ground limestone and pine resin. Sheet vinyl on the other hand is made from synthetic materials, this allows for a more affordable product, as well as one with characteristics you wouldn’t find in a natural product.

Linoleum isn’t as flexible as sheet vinyl and therefore harder to cut. As such, it is certainly advantageous to use a professional installer to install linoleum. Sheet vinyl on the other hand is suitable for those that want to try their hand at a bit of DIY, thanks to the potential for loose laying.

Unlike linoleum, sheet vinyl is water resistant, and as such can be installed in rooms where water is present, such as bathrooms or kitchens.

Is sheet vinyl easy to install?

Sheet vinyl can be very easy to install, depending on the room you want to put it in. For installation you have two options, loose lay or glue down.

You can simply loose lay your sheet vinyl on top of your subfloor up to a certain size, for example, in our range you can loose lay the Orion series of sheet vinyl up to 12m2, whereas our Pegasus series of sheet vinyl can be installed up to 24m2. It isn’t recommended that you loose lay in high traffic areas though, as the increased footfall can cause the flooring to shift or lift. As loose laying is as simple as fitting it into the room of your choice, it is ideal for anyone looking to try some DIY flooring.

The other way you can install sheet vinyl is by using glue down adhesive. This adds further steps for installing your flooring and is only recommended for professional installers, or experienced DIYers, but provides greater stability in high traffic areas and larger rooms, ensuring there’s less likelihood of your flooring lifting at the edges.

For more information on how to install sheet vinyl flooring, check out our installation guide.

Is sheet vinyl waterproof?

All our sheet vinyl is water resistant, able to withstand the spills and splashes that come with everyday life, but it isn’t completely waterproof and can curl up at the edges if left under water for too long. For this reason, sheet vinyl is perfect for the likes of kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms, where small spills can be cleaned up relatively quickly, but it isn’t advisable for any wet rooms.

What are the benefits of sheet vinyl?

Our collection of sheet vinyl has a fantastic range of features and benefits that you won’t want to gloss over. For example, sheet vinyl is an affordable way to include a water resistant and resilient floor in your home with a range of designs to suit any style.

Simple to install, sheet vinyl is the perfect choice for someone looking to tackle their flooring project themselves. DIY friendly and can be loose laid up to a certain area, depending on the range chosen, means you can have a new, stunning floor installed in no time.

Both family and pet friendly, sheet vinyl can take the day-to-day activity of family life, and thanks to a domestic warranty of up to 15 years, you can live with the knowledge that your flooring will last.

Thanks to the PVC build of our sheet vinyl, it is also incredibly easy to maintain. It doesn’t need any special products, it only requires basic sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, so you can keep it gleaming throughout the year. If you did want to keep your flooring looking particularly gleaming, we offer vinyl care kits.

Sheet vinyl can also be installed above water-based underfloor heating systems up to 27°C, providing extra comfort for your toes on those frosty winter mornings.

Sheet vinyl vs luxury vinyl tile: which is better?

At the core of it, sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are very similar products. Both are composed of a high-quality PVC core, felt or foam backing and a decorative top layer. As such, they share many of the same advantages, namely, easy DIY, simple maintenance, and great water resistance, but there are a few small changes between the two.

The primary difference is that sheet vinyl is cut directly from the roll as opposed to being supplied in tiles or planks. Even though there are seams between the tiles, as long as it is installed correctly, all LVT that we sell is 100% waterproof, so shouldn’t deter you from using it in the likes of a kitchen or bathroom

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Luxury vinyl tile is on average more expensive than sheet vinyl, but if a specific piece is damaged at any point, it is much easier to simply replace the tile. If sheet vinyl is damaged, you can either go through a bit more of a process to replace the damaged area or replace the entire floor.

The bigger difference comes with rigid core vinyl, which is 100% waterproof, highly durable, but comes at a higher cost to both sheet vinyl and LVT.

For more information about our available vinyl ranges you can check out our What Is Vinyl Blog for a more in-depth overview.

How to measure a room for sheet vinyl

As sheet vinyl comes off the roll, you must be sure of your room’s area before ordering as if you order too little, it’s difficult to patch it up.

To ensure you have the right size, firstly measure the width and length at their longest points, considering any doorways or alcoves in odd-shaped rooms.

When measuring include an additional 10cm for both the length and the width to allow for any waste or any misjudgements.

Once you have your two values purchase the correct width for the room, for example, if the width is 3.8m and the length is 6.2m, you’ll want to purchase the 4m width at 6.3m (allowing for that additional 10cm). You can then cut the purchased vinyl to fit any corners or odd shapes in your room.