Guide to vinyl flooring options

Guide to vinyl flooring options

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for homeowners and businesses because of its affordability, stylish options, and durability. Nowadays, there are many different colours and styles of vinyl and different kinds of installation methods. The right choice for you will depend on your budget, aesthetic preferences, and the amount of foot traffic.

When shopping for vinyl flooring in Edmonton, Quality Red Tag Floors can help you pick the perfect flooring for your home and lifestyle. This guide will introduce you to the most popular vinyl styles used today.


Glue-down is the least expensive option but also the lowest quality. Glue-down vinyl flooring is prone to warping with humidity changes and is very thin (only 2 to 3 millimetres). Some homeowners choose glue-down for a fast cosmetic renovation, but it likely won’t last or add value. One benefit of glue-down is that you can repair or replace individual tiles if damage occurs.


Loose-lay vinyl does not use glue to secure the planks. Friction and weight keep the planks in place, so the planks need to be heavier than other varieties of vinyl flooring. However, some people choose to still glue it down.

Loose-lay is considered a ‘beefed up’ version of glue-down vinyl flooring, but it is thicker (5 millimetres). Installation is simple and fast because it does not use glue, staples, or click-lock systems. As a result, installation typically costs less with loose-lay vinyl, and it’s one of the most popular DIY flooring options.


SPC flooring is considered a click vinyl and is incredibly durable and waterproof. Its rigid core provides heavy-duty performance, as it is ultra-dense and impermeable even though it is typically less than 8mm thick. However, its density means the floor doesn’t give as you walk, making it less comfortable than other flooring options. As long as it is level, SPC is a great option to go over any existing floor. SPC is also low maintenance and can be installed quickly.


WPC (wood-plastic composite) is a 100% waterproof flooring option and is also considered a click vinyl. Every layer is designed to withstand moisture! Its core is a foaming agent, unlike SPC’s rigid core. Consequently, WPC is much more comfortable to walk and stand on. The downside is that WPC will likely dent if you drop something heavy. WPC also looks great and comes in various styles, including wood and stone. Its topmost protective layer is resistant to stains and scratches- and makes it easy to clean. Like SPC, WPC is low maintenance, easy to care for, and float-installed.

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)

Luxury vinyl planks resemble different types of wood flooring. However, LVP is affordable, waterproof, and scratch-resistant, unlike natural hardwood. LVP is also easy to maintain… but tricky to repair. If you need to replace a section, you must be mindful of the grain and tone of the existing flooring. Otherwise, the replaced section might not go with the rest.

One of the main advantages of LVP is its versatility and many stylish options. It comes in a variety of textures, tones, and colours to match the aesthetic of any home. Because of its attractive appearance and durability, many businesses and homeowners opt for luxury vinyl plank in Edmonton. LVP is installed with glue-down, loose-lay, or click-lock methods.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

Whereas LVP is designed to look like wood, luxury vinyl tile resembles stone. However, the two materials are very similar. LVT, like LVP, is durable, waterproof, affordable, and easy to clean. Additionally, both options come in glue-down, loose-lay, and click-lock varieties. Heavy furniture and appliances can dent LVP and LVT. They can also scratch and fade in direct sunlight.

Read more about the pros and cons of different types of vinyl flooring.

Choose vinyl flooring for your home!

Quality Red Tag Floors is one of the top flooring companies in Edmonton. They carry a wide range of high-quality vinyl flooring options to accommodate any budget and style preference. In addition, their staff prioritizes providing excellent customer service throughout the entire flooring process. From selection to installation, they always go above and beyond!

Contact Quality Red Tag Floors today!

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