Pros & Cons: A Guide to Vinyl Flooring
Here is all you need to know about vinyl floors
Want a quick-fix answer to a dull, boring, worn-out old floor or hard-to-maintain carpets? One that’s easy on the pocket, too? Vinyl is a great shortcut to new flooring. Vinyl floors are resilient, made primarily out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and some chemical additives. They offer some degree of elasticity, flexibility and give a good bounce to the foot. Vinyl floors are available in the form of sheets and tiles that are not as soft as a carpet but not as hard as laminate or tiled floors, either. Additionally, vinyl floors are finished with a clear ‘wear layer’ on top, which works as a protective coating. This flooring can be easily installed directly on the existing floor without the hassle of dismantling it.
- Pro: Durable
- Pro: Water-resistant
Tip: Do note that vinyl flooring can easily catch fire and release toxic fumes when burnt, so it is not advisable to use it in the kitchen where fire could be a hazard.
- Pro: Easy to maintain
- Pro: Stain-resistant
- Pro: Soft on the feet
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- Pro: Multiple colours and designs Vinyl floors come in many colours and designs that replicate natural stone and wood, except that the floor is a little shiny and has a slightly plastic look.
Tip: Vinyl flooring is a great way to bring together several colours and patterns, as seen in this kid’s room. Additionally, this floor is also appropriate for home gyms, as it is soft on the foot, gives a good bounce while exercising and has good sound-absorption qualities.
- Con: Emits high VOCs
- Con: Not resistant to chemicals
- Con: Can get damaged if the subfloor is not smooth Before installation, make sure that the subfloor is smooth and free of dirt particles. Even small grains trapped below the vinyl sheets can cause lumps to appear on the surface and cause damage over a period of time. Laying a new vinyl floor on top of an old patterned one can result in the bottom layer’s pattern showing up as a change in texture after some time.
- Con: Sharp objects can damage the floor If a sharp object falls on the floor it can create sharp cuts that may become difficult to repair – even high-heeled shoes leave marks and can cause dents on the floor.
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