Some of the questions we commonly answer about vinyl flooring

What is Vinyl Plank flooring?

Vinyl Plank flooring is made of five layers of materials pressed together to create very hard wearing floors in limitless designs and colours.
These layers are as follows:

• Protective Coating – The Polyurethane (PU) coating helps to protect against scuffs and reduces maintenance. 

• Wear Layer – A clear, top layer that provides exceptional resistance to wear, fading and staining.

• Design Layer – A high resolution printed PVC layer that realistically captures the look of the surface it is imitating. Generally the designs are of timber but they may also be of tile or stone.

• Stabilising Layer/Core Layer –  A Vinyl core layer with integrated fibreglass stabilising sheet provides stability, comfort and sound reduction qualities.

• Backing Layer –  A Vinyl layer that provides further stability.

Vinyl Plank comes in direct stick or floating types. The floating type of Vinyl flooring is available in click together or loose lay varieties.


What type of Vinyl Plank flooring does Godfrey Hirst sell?

Godfrey Hirst Vinyl Plank ranges include Vega and Orion and offer Direct Stick, Express Lay, Click and Hybrid installation options. 
Our vinyl planks feature timber texture and grain you can see and feel.


How hard is Vinyl Plank flooring?

Vinyl Plank is very hard wearing and (in terms of other flooring types) is harder than timber but not as hard as laminate.


Will my Vinyl Plank flooring dent and scratch?

Yes. Although very hard wearing and dent and scratch resistant, care needs to be taken to ensure you protect your Vinyl Plank flooring from dents and scratches.  Please refer to our Vinyl Care and Care Tips pages for information and tips to protect your flooring against dents and scratches.


Can I direct stick my Vinyl Plank flooring?

All Vinyl planks can be adhered to the subfloor, although some products are designed specifically for this purpose (these are normally 2mm or 3mm thick) Floating systems are generally 4mm or 5mm thick. Godfrey Hirst provide installation guidelines for all of our flooring products including Vinyl Plank.


Can I sand and recoat my Vinyl Plank flooring?

No. A Vinyl Plank floor is an imitation of real timber flooring and as such cannot be re-sanded and coated. However, its superior wear qualities and resistance to scratching, ensure that a Vinyl Plank floor, properly looked after, will stay looking beautiful for a very long time.