Congoleum was popularly known as one of the best manufacturers of commercial grade flooring, installed mostly in industrial and business settings. However, today it has become equally popular for home use too. It is indeed a perfect alternative to installing the traditional ceramic tiles. The congoleum vinyl is very affordable, much comfortable on the legs and durable, not to mention good looking too.
It provides vinyl in a standard 12×12 inch tile form or wider material sheets designed to fit the length of any room. The surfaces of these tiles are coated with urethane seal in order to withstand scuff and other related marks. Congoleum provides a wide variety of patterns and colors, with quite a number of them resembling ceramic, wood or stone tile.
The Congoleum vinyl flooring is extremely durable and quite easy to maintain. The tile is virtually waterproof and stain resistant, making it the favorite choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Several types of this flooring contain natural minerals, such as silver, covered in the vinyl tile, which acts as an antimicrobial coating for keeping germs away. This tile is also much easier for the DIY installers to use. It can save you the cost of seeking the services of a professional installer.
It has a lifelong warranty which covers regular fading, stains, cracking, chipping, wear and tear from daily use. Most interior designers recommend this product today when called upon to give their favorite floor. Being a leader within vinyl flooring industry for over a century, it is not surprising that it has risen to cut a niche in the provision of flooring solutions.
When walking on the vinyl floor, your feet will feel as if you are walking on a carpet and with genuine reasons. It’s very easy and comfortable on the feet. This is particularly convenient during harsh winter season when ceramic tiles are often traumatic to walk on even if you are wearing heavy socks.
Consideration and Maintenance of Congoleum
This flooring can be installed over concrete or wood subfloors, or even right over the existing linoleum or vinyl floors. It is recommended that the floor be checked thoroughly for any moisture presence before beginning the installation. A vapor or moisture barrier should be placed over the subfloor, with the congoleum tiles or sheets installed on top. Seams are usually sealed with heat-treated seam tape to prevent dirt and moisture from penetrating the floor.
A freshly installed vinyl tile should never be exposed to furniture or foot traffic for a period of at least 2 days. This will allow more time for the adhesive to dry and prevent the floor from bubbling or slipping. It is recommended that you use Congoleum’s no-rinse cleaning solution to clean the floor surface; the solution is added to water and then applied with a mop. On the other hand, the installed tiles should be vacuumed more regularly with a vacuum that has no beater bar, since this can dent the vinyl. Any spill on the Congoleum floor surface should be cleaned promptly to minimize the risk of water damage or staining.