A Buyer's Guide to Hybrid/Vinyl Flooring

As a leading supplier of flooring, our expertise does not stop at timber. With vinyl flooring remaining as popular as ever over the years, we’ve made it our business to know everything there is to know about this fantastically versatile flooring choice. It’s come a long way from the thin, uncomfortable vinyl flooring of yesteryear with its limited choice of garish patterns. Nowadays vinyl is created using print processes that are continually improving creating flooring that replicates other floors, incredibly realistically, usually at a fraction of the price of the real thing. Our selection of vinyl flooring is seemingly endless with designs ranging from wood to stone effect and everything in between. With vinyl you really can create any look you want with hassle-free fitting and with very little on-going maintenance. We at Stepfast aim to make buying your new flooring easier by offering expert advice to guide you smoothly all the way through from browsing to installation. We’ve created this expert buying guide to make it easier for you to find your perfect vinyl flooring.


Why choose hybrid/vinyl flooring?

Room guide to hybrid/vinyl flooring


Not so obvious is the living room. The vinyl flooring of today is thick, cushioned, comfortable underfooot and looks fantastic. With designs ranging from all kinds of wood to travertine style stone, there’s one to suit all tastes.



Whether you use your dining room for daily family meals or formal dinner parties, a practical flooring choice is always preferable as accidental spills will occasionally happen. Vinyl’s wipe-clean surface is the ideal choice with gorgeous designs to choose from and very little maintenance.


Like the bathroom, the kitchen is another obvious area where vinyl rules! Any spills can be quickly mopped up leaving no residue or staining, meaning your floor continues to look as good as new for years. Vinyl as kitchen flooring? It’s a no brainer.



Like the lounge, vinyl can be ideal for bedrooms and its practicality makes it perfect for a kid’s room. Any spills can be dealt with in no time and it is super comfortable to sit on to read or play. Plus, with its compatibility with underfloor heating, their toes can be toasty warm all year round.


Hall, stairs & landing

The hallway and landing are high traffic areas which require hard-wearing flooring so vinyl can work really well. Its easy clean properties also make it a great option for these busy areas within the home. However, sheet vinyl flooring is not recommended for stairs.



Vinyl has been a popular flooring choice for bathrooms for years and with good reason. It’s practicality and resistant properties make it ideal for your bathroom. Anti-slip, water resistant, easy to clean and stylish, transform your bathroom with vinyl.


Hybrid/Vinyl Flooring Effects

Wood Effect 

Wood effect vinyl complete with knots and grain detailing is fantastically authentic. Available in any wood type you care to think of from a whitewashed finish or pale beech, to atmospheric dark walnut, in every wood shade, plank detail and finish. Some even have a textured surface creating even more realism, especially when walked on with bare feet. In fact, all wood effect vinyl flooring doesn’t have is the on-going maintenance of a real wood floor.


Plain, single colour flooring can really make an impact in your home. Whether you choose a neutral shade like beige or cream for your floor, or decide to really pack a punch with a solid block of something bright like red or yellow, a plain vinyl will create a fabulous basis for your room and allow you to really make it your own. The combination of colour, practicality and affordability makes plain vinyl flooring a worthy investment for your home.



A fantastic alternative to the real thing, tile effect vinyl will give the illusion of an expensive tiled floor. Always wanted a slate tiled floor, or to remember your holiday villa with terracotta tiling but it’s just out of your price range? In realistic designs including granite, marble, ceramic and slate tiles, this flooring will give you the effect you desire at a fraction of the cost. Plus, instead of cold hard tiles, this cushioned flooring will bring comfort to your toes and its insulating properties mean your home will be cossy and warm too.


A stone floor looks fantastic and complements a contemporary styled room as well as a home with a more classic design. Popular in many homes, stone is a classic material for floors that gives a beautifully timeless finish. Available in a range of shades, stone floors vary in style and are very versatile. But stone tiles can be cold, a slip hazard when wet and very expensive to buy and install. Stone effect vinyl flooring is considerably warmer, slip resistant and an affordable alternative to real stone tiles.