Why Choose Vinyl Flooring
By Ari Ziskin
Published: August 12, 2015 | Updated: April 27, 2022
Durable and resilient, with plenty of natural looks to choose from, vinyl flooring is the hippest new kid on the flooring block.
When you think about vinyl flooring, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Outdated and out of style bathroom flooring straight out of a time machine? The go-to, low-cost option for many decades, vinyl flooring was perceived as “cheap”. It developed a bad rep, causing a wide array of deluxe flooring materials to hit the market. With more options available these past few decades, poor vinyl has been replaced with “modern” and “trendy” flooring options.
Recently reborn, vinyl floors are making a comeback! Now vinyl is the “modern” and “trendy” flooring option on the market. Technologically advanced, vinyl flooring is now being recognized for the amazing and versatile flooring that it truly is: The flooring of the future. You on board yet? Let’s chat about the why.
Many of today’s vinyl floor options have multiple layers: the wear layer, protective clear layer, the print layer, cushion layer, and the physical vinyl backing layer. Extra layers = extra durable. The top wear layer gives your floor that extra oomph. It’s like your personal bodyguard for the normal wear and tear in your home, ensuring its beauty for decades to come.
The wear layer is the very surface layer of the flooring that protects it from wear and tear. The thicker the wear layer, the more traffic and wear it can withstand over time.
***Tip: The thicker the wear layer, the longer your flooring will appear undamaged.
The Affordable Price
Who doesn’t love a great deal? Vinyl often uses recycles materials – this means you pay less. Vinyl is a favorable option for anyone who is concerned with choosing a high-quality green flooring option while remaining within budget. I hate choosing between things I want, and I bet you do too. With vinyl, you get the best of every world.
Vinyl Flooring Options
Many companies have jumped headfirst into the vinyl movement. That means options. We like options. They are like choices without sacrifice.
Let’s explore the many types of vinyl floors you can choose from.
The top choice for large areas. They are available in widths 6 ft+ with customized length to fit your room. They are also (usually) the cheapest vinyl option per square foot. We recommend hiring a professional for this type of installation, but if you choose to prove your DIY skills, there are plenty of tutorials to help you along the way.
Extremely easy install and a wonderful DIY project. Installation options include glue down, self-adhesive, and floating. The traditional glue-down method is more permanent and advanced – basically if it’s not your first time at the installation rodeo, and you’re in your flooring for the long haul. For easy installations, some companies offer peel and stick vinyl tiles making installation a breeze. Also super easy, the “floating floor system” uses tiles designed to interlock or click together. No mess, no fuss.
The most expensive-looking of the vinyl floors. They offer 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, often known as “luxury vinyl” are just that–a more luxurious flooring option at a lower cost. Not to mention, they are much easier to maintain than real hardwood flooring.
The latest advancement in luxury vinyl flooring. Much more durable and resilient than all other vinyl flooring options, waterproof vinyl is quickly becoming the most popular choice. It utilizes features and technologies above and beyond typical vinyl. Waterproof vinyl encompasses both WPC vinyl and SPC vinyl. It includes a waterproof inner core, added cork underlayment to dampen sound and temperature transmission, and, often, a lifetime warranty.
Textures, Patterns, and Colors
There are many options that resemble traditional hardwood, stone, and slate tiles that provide comfort without the heavy weight and cold surface typically associated with these materials. 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. Have a spill? No problem. Just wipe it up with a cloth. Pets? Easy. A quick wipe and disinfecting of the area will do the trick. That’s why vinyl flooring is 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. Just try to clean up spills right away to avoid any damage.
For day to day cleaning, typically all you need is normal sweeping, dust mop, or vacuuming. Use your best judgment to determine how frequently you need to clean, 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.
With new trendy options, extra durability, ease of cleaning, and such amazing technological advances in construction, it is no wonder vinyl is considered the flooring of the future.
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