Should you refurbish with vinyl flooring?
If you are refurbishing your home and want cost-effective flooring that is durable, easily maintained, and feels great underfoot, you should consider vinyl flooring. However, as we’ve seen in recent articles when examining flooring such as laminate and hardwood, no flooring is perfect for all rooms and uses.
In this article, you’ll learn the vinyl flooring pros and cons that will help you decide if this is the floor covering that could transform your home or refurbishment project.
Laminate flooring – the pros
· Vinyl flooring is very durable
It’s great in areas that receive a high level of footfall, which is why it is so popular in retail and commercial settings. It is extremely scratch-resistant and sustains impact well. Mannington are so confident of these qualities that they provide guarantees from 10 years to life on their Luxury Vinyl Sheet (LVS) flooring.
· Vinyl flooring is stain-resistant and easy to clean
Vinyl flooring is stain-resistant, and spills can be easily mopped up.
· Vinyl sheet flooring is water-tolerant
Because of its nature and the way that sheet flooring is laid without joins, LVS flooring is tolerant to water – mostly waterproof. It won’t warp or buckle because of a spill on it.
· Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and long-lasting
A simple sweep and mop is enough to keep vinyl flooring clean, and a regular routine will help it to last 10 or 20 years longer, while it still retains its sheen.
· Vinyl flooring comes in a style to suit every room
Whether it is the look of wood, slate or tile that you desire, LVS is produced in styles to suit all rooms and all uses.
· Vinyl flooring is easy to install
Roll out, cut, and glue. It’s as easy as that. This means that LVS flooring can be installed quickly and cheaply, often with no need for joins between rooms.
· Vinyl flooring is soft underfoot
It is far softer underfoot than other floors, and warmer than tile or hardwood.
· Vinyl flooring is very cost-effective
Because of manufacturing technique and the ease of installation, vinyl flooring is extremely cost-effective. In fact, it is one of the least expensive floor coverings you can buy.
Vinyl flooring – the cons
· Vinyl flooring can tear – if you buy on cost alone
Vinyl flooring is cheap, but some can be very cheap. If you buy on cost alone, you could purchase a substandard product that tears more easily under stiletto-heeled footwear or when moving furniture.
· Vinyl flooring can be laid poorly
If the subfloor isn’t completely clean when vinyl floor is laid, even the smallest particle of dirt can show through. It’s a little like the princess who laid on 20 mattresses and still felt a pea through them. Therefore, even though it is easy to lay, it is advisable to leave it to the experts.
· Vinyl flooring won’t add great value to your home
Unlike other flooring options, such as hardwood, for example, vinyl flooring is unlikely to add much value to your home. There again, because it is so cost-effective to install, it doesn’t need to!
Is vinyl flooring right for you?
Vinyl floors are a very popular choice with many homeowners, especially where new flooring is needed in kitchens and bathrooms and the flooring benefits from being resistant to water and stains. Its ease of maintenance is attractive to busy homeowners. When combined with its ease of installation, low cost and long life, vinyl flooring becomes a very attractive proposition.
Modern vinyl flooring options also come in a wide variety of patterns and styles, offering greater versatility around the home, office, or other commercial premises.
If you are working with a set budget and want versatile, cost-effective flooring that will last a long time, then vinyl flooring could be the way to go.
For help making the decision between different flooring options, contact Porter's today. We’ll help you answer the questions you need and find the best flooring solution within your budget.