Why Choose Vinyl Flooring?
When we think about vinyl flooring, we often have a mental picture of outdated and out of style bathroom flooring in older homes. The go-to low cost option for many decades, vinyl flooring was perceived as cheap and lacking beauty and range of options. Vinyl flooring developed a bad reputation, causing a wide array of deluxe flooring materials to hit the market. With more options available these past few decades, we have seen friends and family replace their old vinyl flooring with more “modern” and “trendy” flooring options.
Recently reborn, vinyl flooring is making a comeback and is now one of those “modern” and “trendy” flooring options of the future. Technologically advanced, vinyl flooring should be known for the amazing and versatile flooring that it truly is, the flooring of the future.
Many of today’s vinyl flooring options have multiple layers for enhanced durability, which can include a wear layer, protective clear layer, print layer, cushion layer, and the physical vinyl backing layer. In addition to the sturdy core layers, the top wear layer provides extra durability to your vinyl flooring, defending against the normal wear and tear in your home to ensure its beauty for decades. You have many options for wear layer thicknesses on the market to choose from, such as: 6 MIL, 20 MIL, 28 MIL, and many more – all which help to keep your floor looking new and clean. The rule of thumb is: the thicker the wear layer, the longer your flooring will appear undamaged.
Constructed with resilient and strong layers, vinyl flooring is an excellent flooring solution for high traffic areas, residential or commercial, and is typically backed by a long warranty.
Why pay more when you can pay less? Much of vinyl flooring uses recycled vinyl materials, making consumer costs relatively low. Vinyl is a favorable option for anyone who is concerned with choosing a high quality green flooring option while remaining within budget.
Another wonderful thing about the advancement of vinyl flooring is that many companies have jumped into the vinyl movement and there are now many options to consider when making your vinyl flooring purchase.
One thing that you should consider when shopping for your vinyl flooring is the size of vinyl. Vinyl flooring comes in a few sizes: vinyl sheets, vinyl tiles, and vinyl planks.
For large areas, vinyl sheets are usually the top choice, available in widths often greater than 6 ft, and many times the length can be customized to best fit your room. Vinyl sheets are usually the cheapest vinyl option per square foot due to their large size. It is typically best to hire a professional for this type of installation, but if you choose to prove your DIY status, there are many avenues online to help guide how to install vinyl sheets yourself.
Vinyl tiles offer an extremely easy install and a wonderful DIY project. There are a few different methods of installation available for vinyl floor tiles: glue down, self-adhesive, and floating. The traditional glue down method can be quite “sticky”, and is a more permanent and advanced installation. Some companies have actually steered clear of this “sticky” problem by creating vinyl tiles with an easy peel and stick backing so that no adhesive is required and the installation is a breeze. Another easy installation method for vinyl tiles is the “floating floor system”, where the tiles themselves are designed to interlock or click together, providing a super quick and easy install.
Vinyl planks are perhaps the most expensive looking of the vinyl flooring options, with a beautiful hardwood appearance and layout, without the hefty price tag of real hardwood. Very similar to tiles, planks are also easy to install with options of glue down, peel and stick, or floating. Planks come in many size options, with varying widths and lengths available on the market. Vinyl planks are a more luxurious flooring option that will be lower cost and much easier to maintain than real hardwood flooring.
A new type of vinyl flooring recently hit the market and has quickly become known as an advancement in luxury vinyl flooring. Much more durable and resilient than all other vinyl flooring options, consumers are more frequently choosing to purchase Engineered Vinyl Plank flooring, or EVP. EVP utilizes features and technologies well above typical vinyl flooring, such as a waterproof inner core, added cork underlayment to dampen sound and temperature transmission, and often a lifetime warranty. COREtec engineered vinyl planks are a wonderful example, with a 20MIL wear layer and multiple color options.
Another great thing to consider when shopping vinyl flooring is the variety of different textures, patterns, and colors that are available. There are many options that resemble traditional hardwood, stone, and slate tiles, but provide comfort without the heavy weight and cold surface typically associated with these materials. The development of vinyl flooring has advanced to offer different texture top layers, providing a beautiful, natural look of hardwood or stone. With so many options available and at friendly price points, it is no wonder that vinyl is taking over the flooring market.
Easy to clean and maintain
Vinyl is the ideal flooring for households with people of all ages, as the solution to a spill is as simple as immediately wiping it up with a cloth. Cleaning up after pets can also be extremely easy with a quick wipe and disinfecting of the area, making vinyl flooring perfect for family rooms, kitchens, and virtually anywhere in your home. Vinyl’s quick clean surface is not easily penetrated by water, oil, chemicals, or grease. Of course, you should always clean up a spill immediately, as the longer the spill is left on the floor, the greater the risk of damaging the floor.
For day to day cleaning, typically all that is needed is your normal sweeping, dust mop, or vacuuming to keep your floors free of dirt and debris. Of course you should use your best judgment on the needed frequency of cleaning, and it is always a good idea to also check with the manufacturer to see if they recommend certain cleaning solutions or routines for your particular vinyl flooring.
As you can see, vinyl certainly has a place in the future and perhaps even your home. With new trendy options, extra durability, ease of cleaning, and such amazing technological advances in construction, it is no wonder vinyl may be considered by some the flooring of the future. We are sure you will find the right vinyl flooring product that is perfect for your home.
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