Known for its low cost, resiliency, and wide variety of good-looking options, vinyl flooring is common in homes across America and the world. Vinyl can be made to look like hardwood, concrete, and many other popular flooring choices, all for a lower price tag.
But vinyl didn’t become mainstream until the 1950s and it has even come a long way since then! If you are looking to install vinyl flooring in Louisiana or wherever you live, you might be interested in this brief history of vinyl and how vinyl flooring has changed over time.
Vinyl itself was discovered in the 19th century by a French physician and first came into the public eye at the Chicago “Century of Progress” world’s fair in 1933-1934. It was commonly used as an alternative to rubber during the 1940s and began to be industrially made after World War II.
The first vinyl flooring was made in 1947 in Sweden. The versatility and durability of this flooring gained popularity in the 1950s, and the U.S and Europe began producing all types of vinyl flooring for hospitals, schools, homes, and more. In the 1960s, it was taken to whole new levels, including cushioned vinyl and “no-wax” flooring. These characteristics made vinyl even more popular among consumers and expanded the industry for good. By 1970, 6 million tons of vinyl were produced every year, compared to just 220,000 tons in 1950.
Vinyl flooring as we know it today is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as opposed to vinyl tiles made using asbestos before the mid-1980s. Asbestos is now completely avoided in all materials since it is known to cause Mesothelioma and other health issues.
The look of vinyl flooring continues to advance even today, and it has become even easier to install and has come to look much more like the material it imitates. Our professionals here at Perque Flooring can help you get the floor of your dreams that also fits into your budget in no time!