History of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring usually either dry back or click, it’s a kind of new material, not too new, but also not too long in the flooring history.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way since it was first created and has become a top choice for homes all over the world.
To know everything you need to know about vinyl flooring, you must first understand where it started and how it’s evolved.
Vinyl dates back to the 19th century when the material was discovered by a French physician. Since discovery, years of experimenting passed. It wasn’t until 1930 that vinyl made its debut in an exhibition in Chicago – but not as flooring.
Soon after, the first two World Wars were in full swing. Raw materials were hard to come by, so researchers experimented some more with vinyl. They used it for industrial experiments and projects, including as an alternative to rubber. It was then that vinyl’s flexibility, durability, and design possibilities were discovered.
Once World War II came to an end, vinyl was discovered as a potential flooring option. In 1947, a Swedish company created and debuted “Tarkett” vinyl flooring.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, companies in North America and Europe began producing vinyl flooring. In 1957, one major discovery was made about this new material – it was able to be recycled. Instead of filling landfills, people were reusing the material for industrial and household objects. In 1968, the Winter Olympic skating rink in Grenoble France was covered in vinyl for the prize ceremony. The flooring was gaining popularity.
Soon, vinyl products popped up everywhere. Flooring, cars, packaging, and even clothing used vinyl materials. In 1950, the production was 220,000 tons each year. By 1970, the production levels soared to 6 million tons annually.