Pros And Cons Of Vinyl Flooring

If you want an affordable flooring option that can attractively mimic wood, marble, and stone, vinyl flooring could be just what you’re looking for. However, before you make a flooring purchase, there are several questions to ask to make sure you’re getting what works best for you. Consider this list of pros and cons to decide if vinyl is the right choice for your next flooring project.



Comfort: One of the appealing things about vinyl flooring is its comfort. Higher priced options, like real wood or stone, can be extremely hard to walk on. And for areas like the kitchen, where you might stand in front of a stove or sink for extended periods of time, wood or stone can be uncomfortable after a while. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, has a bit of give to it that makes it easier to walk and stand on. And unlike laminate flooring, vinyl doesn’t require a layer of cushioning underneath it to achieve that comfort.

Cost Effectiveness: Vinyl flooring is easy to install and lasts for several years. Compared to wood flooring or other options that vinyl floors today are made to resemble, it’s far less expensive. Vinyl flooring often costs less than half the price of hardwood flooring. Costs, of course, vary depending on the exact brand you buy and the size of the room you’re installing it in.

Easy to Maintain: Vinyl flooring is also very easy to maintain. It’s water resistant, so it tolerates spills. Some versions of vinyl flooring are even made with additional waterproof materials that enhance the water resistance, making them good options for kitchens or bathrooms.

Vinyl flooring can easily be cleaned with a dry mop or vacuum. If a deeper clean is needed, a mixture of vinegar and water can do the trick without damage. There are also cleaning products that will work well — just be sure to check that they’re made to clean vinyl flooring.

With all these features, vinyl floors sound like a great option for any home! But there are some other factors to consider to make sure you’re getting the product you want and need.



Quality Variations: Even among some of the top flooring brands, quality of vinyl flooring can vary quite a bit. Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of thicknesses, and the thinner it is, the more likely it can be damaged. With thinner versions of vinyl flooring, over time you can begin to see indentations from furniture or wear and tear if the flooring is in a high traffic area. You’ll want to make sure you get a thicker option for greater durability.

In addition to thickness, the best way to determine the durability of vinyl flooring is by finding out how it’s constructed. If a vinyl flooring product has a rigid core, it has four layers of material, so it’s stronger.

Hard to Replace: Vinyl flooring will last a long time — if you take care of it. Basic measures, such as regular cleaning and the use of coasters or furniture pads, will help you avoid scratches and damage to your floor.

But if something does happen to your floors, know that refinishing isn’t really an option. Because of the way the flooring is constructed with layers of material, replacement is your only option. Vinyl flooring is installed with glue and removing it can be tough. While it is possible to replace vinyl flooring, know that removing it will be a lot more labor-intensive than installing it is!

Health Factors: Be aware of the materials used to construct vinyl flooring. Years ago, vinyl flooring was often made with asbestos, which can lead to health risks. American manufacturers do not use asbestos anymore, but in older homes, you might still encounter flooring made with it. And some studies suggest that brands made today still contain flame retardants and other chemicals that could be harmful. However, in recent years, many manufacturers have begun to make phthalate-free flooring, so this is less of a concern than it used to be.




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