Vinyl flooring: The Pros and Cons
With so many flooring options available today it’s hard to know if vinyl is the right choice for your renovation project. You’ve done enough research to know that vinyl floors have become a very popular choice in many homes over recent decades. You also know that they are durable and one of the most versatile flooring options available. You have, however, also heard that vinyl is inexpensive and are worried it might not be the best choice for you. Although vinyl flooring has many things working in its favour, it also does have some setbacks.
Ease of Installation
Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest flooring options to install and can even be completed as a do-it-yourself project by someone with no prior experience (if the proper research and preparation is made). If you aren’t interested in installing it yourself you don’t need to worry, most places that sell vinyl flooring will also install it for a reasonable cost.
One of the more subtle benefits of vinyl flooring is that it is extremely comfortable to stand or walk on. Vinyl flooring is made with either a foam or felt backing which creates a cushion like feeling to the flooring.
Vinyl flooring, over the last few years, has been totally reinvented. Now, it is available in an endless variety of colours, textures and styles. Whether you are aiming for the comfort of hardwood or the sleekness of slate you can achieve either look with vinyl.
Vinyl flooring is resistant to scratches, stains, dents, and even moisture. This means that vinyl can be installed essentially anywhere in your home and you don’t need to worry about mold or mildew!
Difficult to Repair
Despite how durable vinyl flooring is, there are still occasions where you may need to replace a damaged piece of flooring. One of the downsides to vinyl is that it can be difficult to replace specific pieces without having to replace the entire floor or area.
Use of PVC
Although not all vinyl flooring contains PVC, the majority of it does. The drawback of using PVC is that at the time of installation the vinyl flooring will actually give off volatile organic compounds (you may have heard of these referred to as VOCs). The release of these VOCs subsides overtime, but is still something that should be taken into consideration.
Moving Heavy Items
The same qualities that give vinyl flooring its comfort also make it tricky to move heavy furniture or items across the floor. It’s recommended to have felt table and chair runners applied to all furniture to avoid scraping or denting the floor for everyday use, but especially if any furniture is being moved.
Not Environmentally Friendlys
Due to the fact that vinyl flooring is comprised of petroleum molecules (as mentioned) you could probably have guessed that vinyl is not exactly seen as an eco-friendly flooring option.
If you are having trouble choosing the flooring in your home The Floor Shop is a great place to start your search. Give us a call and we would be happy to book you an appointment at one of our 3 stunning showrooms where we have endless samples of flooring. Don’t hesitate and call the team at The Floor Shop today!