Vinyl flooring has been a popular floor covering in commercial spaces since the 1950’s, due to its low cost and maintenance, durability, and softness underfoot. There are many great aspects about vinyl flooring, but no floor covering is perfect. Before you decide whether or not to install vinyl floors in your business or residence, it is important to consider the pros and cons of vinyl.
Cons of Vinyl Flooring
- Traditional wisdom is that vinyl flooring will not help the resale value of your home. This is true to some extent, as vinyl would certainly not add as much value to your house as a floor covering such as hardwood.
- In the installation process, if the subfloor is not completely clean, it can mess up the appearance of vinyl flooring. Even small dirt particles can show through and cause the tiles to come loose. This is why it is good to have the help of professional installers, like Floor Coverings International.
- Low quality vinyl can be too soft, and prone to tears and rips by things like moved furniture, stiletto heels, or claws.
- Vinyl is non-biodegradable, so it usually will end up taking space in a land fill.
- To make vinyl, non-renewable resources must be used, such as natural gas and petroleum. This means that Viny prices also fluctuate based on the petroleum market.
- Vinyl off-gases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). An important thing to note though is that since 2010, many linoleum manufacturers have cut down on the amount of PVC used in vinyl flooring, which significantly reduces the amount of off-gassing.
Pros of Vinyl Flooring
- One of vinyl’s most noted qualities is its durability. Vinyl has been used in commercial spaces for decades because it is so tolerant of high traffic and wear and tear. It is very resistant to abrasion and impact damage as well.
- Some types of vinyl flooring can be refinished by stripping and buffing the floor.
- When using vinyl tiles, it is easy to replace damaged tiles without having to create a massive repair project.
- Vinyl is very stain resistant and spills can be easily mopped up.
- Vinyl is completely tolerant of water, unlike other floor coverings such as hardwood, which will warp and stain if they have too much contact with liquid.
- Vinyl is one of the easiest floors to install, meaning that there is very little headache involved in the process. It is easy on the clock and easy on the wallet.
- Vinyl flooring is a resilient flooring type, meaning it is much softer underfoot than other floors. This is great for stores or kitchens, where people will be standing for extended periods of time, as it will prevent sore soles.
- Vinyl is one of the most inexpensive floor coverings on the market, so it is a great option for homeowners on a budget.
- There are a huge variety of styles to choose from with vinyl flooring. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) contains a photographic decal underneath a clear wear layer, so vinyl can mimic tile, hardwood, or stone in he same way as laminate does.
- Vinyl is very low maintenance, and can last up to 20 years with very little effort on the part of the owner.
If you think vinyl flooring might be right for you, contact Floor Coverings International today for a free in-home consultation!
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