Vinyl flooring offers the perfect blend of style and functionality for either domestic or commercial environments. It comes in both title and plank forms and is considered one of the most popular flooring options available in the market due to the great value it represents to homeowners and business-owners.
Vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring is available in a myriad of colours, styles and designs, and is very easy to cut and install, which makes it possible to be a DIY project, especially when the titles or planks comes with a self-adhesive backing.
Alike with the other flooring options, before selecting vinyl flooring for your space, you should consider the product's pros and cons to ensure you're getting exactly the flooring you want.
Pros of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring offers a slightly softer surface than tile or wood options. That is because the product features a thin layer of either felt or foam on the back side, which allows an extra flexibility and makes it easier to stand on for long periods of time.
Vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring are available in a wide range of colours and styles, and some designs even imitate the look of stone tiles and wood planks. While the difference can be noticed with a closer look, but it can hard to tell from afar the floor is vinyl.
Vinyl flooring is extremely durable. It wears incredibly well and most of the manufacturers back their products with warranties of 15 years or more. In fact, a proper installed and maintained vinyl flooring can last for well over 20 years.
Vinyl flooring is extremely resistant to water and dirt. Moreover, it's one of the few flooring options that can be installed directly over the subfloor without requiring special subfloor preparation.
Vinyl flooring is exceptionally ease to clean and maintain. It requires practically no maintenance after installation and an occasionally sweep and mop is all you need to keep the floor clean.
Cons of Vinyl Flooring
One of the main problems the vinyl flooring face is that it is manufactured using polyvinyl chloride. That means it will emit volatile organic compounds, especially when it is new.
While vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring are easy to install on your own, getting the subfloor ready for installation can prove to be a tough task. In order to the floor to look its best, the subfloor will need to be free of all particles otherwise, bumps and lumps may be noticed.
While the soft quality of vinyl flooring may prevent a dropped glass from breaking, but a sharp object can cut the surface if dropped.
Vinyl flooring doesn't add any resale value to a property and may be difficult to remove once it is installed.