Vinyl Flooring Sheet | Homogeneous or heterogeneous
There are two words that are integral to understand: heterogeneous and homogeneous. These define the construction structures that play a role in where and how the products are used.
Heterogeneous means layered or of multiple types. In this type of product, each of the layers looks a bit different. There’s a back layer, a coated core layer, and a wear layer on top. To help remember, think of a hamburger or a layer cake. When you look at it from the top, it looks like one thing, but when you cut and look at a cross section, you see multiple, distinct layers in which each layer serves a different purpose.
Heterogeneous Sheet Vinys vs. Homogeneous
The homogeneous vinyl flooring is the ultra-durable solution. This is ideal for very heavy traffic areas, and homogeneous vinyl sheet is mostly used in places with large flow of people in industrial places. For example, hospitals, educational institutions, health care systems, etc.
Heterogeneous vinyl flooring is composed of several layers. It can also reduce sound transmission and absorb shocks. Suitable for small spaces such as offices and homes.
Sheet vs. Tiles
Technology has moved on and there have been some drastic improvements to vinyl flooring, the finest of which is known as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile).
What sets it apart from old fashion sheet vinyl? LVT comes in either tiles or boards (depending on whether you’re after a stone effect or wood effect), which gives you a lot more control over installation and appearance. The floor is laid tile by tile, which allows you to fit it perfectly to your room. You have a lot of freedom over the direction you lay the tiles, and you can even mix up two types of tiles for a customised floor. If you want, there’s the option for further customisation with the design strips – these are very thin strips of vinyl that look like grouting, which can be used to add definition to the tiles.
If a tile becomes damaged, it’s much easier to simply remove and replace it – replacing a big sheet of vinyl, meanwhile, can get very expensive and messy!
Each tile is created with detailed designs and intricate textures which simply aren’t possible to recreate in the larger sheets, offering an incredibly realistic appearance. The tiles are more rigid than sheet vinyl and can have a much thicker wear layer, so the whole structure is more resistant to dents and scratches.