If you have beautiful floors, time to kill and money to bum this article probably isn’t for you. But if your floors leave something to be desired and you’d like to save some time and money, read on.

Since its introduction in the 1960s, sheet vinyl flooring has been the choice of folks who don’t to sweat over their floors-either caring for them or paying for them.

As ever, vinyl is perhaps the least costly stuff to put between your feet and the subfloor. But today’s improved materials and designs make vinyls tougher and more eye-pleasing than ever.

Making A Choice

A sheet vinyl floor will cost you between $5 and $40 per square yard, and as with most things, you get what you pay for. More expensive, higher quality vinyl generally has a thicker “wear layer,” which makes it tougher and longer lasting, and thicker backing, which makes it more sound absorbent and easier on the feet. The easiest way to judge the thickness of flooring is to simply look at it. If you want to be precise, a salesperson at a flooring store can look up exact measurements for both the wear layer and the backing.

The warranty a floor carries is another measure of quality. Any flooring you buy should be warrantied against manufacturing defects. A long-term warranty–5 to 10 years–tells you the manufacturer is confident in the product.

Tips: If your room is small, you may be able to get a high-quality floor at a low price by picking up a remnant, but your choice of patterns will be limited. Continue Reading