Though many different materials are
found on the floors of today’s
kitchens and bathrooms, sheet vinyl
remains the most popular. Sheet vinyl
promises less maintenance, an easier and
less expensive installation, and fewer
seams than other types of flooring.
Originally introduced as a low-maintenance
alternative to linoleum, vinyl
flooring has undergone steady improvement
in quality and decorative styling.
Today’s embossing technology, for
example, can replicate the pitted and
grainy textures of tile and grout well
enough to make some of the ceramic
and stone imitations look close to the
real thing (see Figure 1). These looks
aren’t limited to the highest-priced
products, either; they are
often available throughout
a manufacturer’s line.
flooring is generally composed
of three separate
layers bonded together: