Vinyl Flooring has come a long way in recent years, for good reason — it has always been a durable, budget-friendly option. But with the technological advances in printing, vinyl now combines the durability and water-resistance it is known for, with high end finishes that look just like real wood, and stone flooring. If you’re wondering if Vinyl is the right floor for you, here are five benefits that might help your decision.
Vinyl provides a comfort underfoot that you just can’t find in real wood or tile. Especially during tasks that require standing for extended periods of time, like cooking, Vinyl floors will yield more under pressure, causing less strain to joints.
Vinyl is perfect for rooms where moisture occurs — such as bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms — making it a much more versatile material than wood or laminate. It is also generally nonporous and scratch resistant, which makes it a good choice for homes with children and pets, and high traffic areas, as well.
Vinyl has also come a long way in recent years, and is now offered in a variety of authentic wood, tile and stone looks to match any décor.
Do you live close to the beach? Vinyl is water resistant and durable enough to withstand dirt or sand, perfect for mudrooms or entryways! Unlike wood or laminate with absorb moisture, vinyl’s nonporous surface does not. Spills and splash won’t cause bubbles or warping which means it is safe for bathroom installations, too.
In terms of DIY-friendliness, vinyl is rivaled only by laminate. Vinyl comes in three, easy to install forms: Click-and-Lock, Peel-and-Stick, or Glue-down planks. Click-and-Lock systems allow homeowners to piece together their planks like a puzzle and create a floating floor. Peel-and-Stick works just like it sounds, and is very user-friendly, and for more ambitious DIYers, Glue-down planks adhere directly to the subfloor.
Although it is true that vinyl’s malleability may cause imperfections in your floor to show — your floors must be level prior to installation — this can actually be advantageous if you have foundation issues. A flexing foundation can cause tile to crack, or hardwood to warp. Vinyl has more give than those harder surfaces, meaning it may bend, but it won’t break. It can adapt to the way your home moves and stay intact in ways other flooring materials might not.