An Introduction to Vinyl Flooring
Have you ever considered a vinyl floor for your home? Vinyl flooring has become a very popular option for homeowners, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Read on to find out why.
Sharing many of its characteristics with linoleum, vinyl flooring is durable, water/stain resistant, attractive and affordable. It scores fairly well all round and is a sound option for you to consider when contemplating a new floor.
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is made out of PVC plastic (polyvinyl chloride), which is a highly practical material with many varied uses. It is a very resilient material, which allows for a comfortable amount of give when pressure is applied. In the context of flooring this flexibility is very useful because it it means the material won’t crack upon heavy impact; it will hold up well against the weight of all types of people (perfect for kids who love to bounce) and heavy objects.
Vinyl flooring is available in two types – sheet flooring and tile flooring. With the former, the vinyl material is set down in the form of sheets which are either 6 or 12 feet wide. This is the easier of the two to install and is more water resistant, as it has fewer seams for liquid to seep through. However, many feel that tile flooring is the more attractive option, which can sometimes outweigh practicality. A vinyl tile floor allows homeowners to replicate the aesthetic of the highly sought after ceramic tile floor, at a much lower cost.
What are the Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring?
Pros – Most of the advantages of vinyl flooring have been touched on above. It ticks a lot of boxes in terms of being practical, affordable and pleasing on the eye.
- Practical: It is comfortable under all manner of heavy footing and it can help to reduce noise because of the extra give that the material offers. Because of its water and stain resistance, it is easy to maintain and keep clean.
- Affordable: Vinyl flooring is a less expensive option when compared to many other flooring options that can offer the same benefits. It is also relatively easy to install and consequently straightforward to remove if you want to have a change of styles later down the line.
- Attractive: Vinyl flooring is available in a wide range of patterns and colours to match the decor of your home.
Cons – There are some drawbacks to vinyl flooring though for you to take into consideration. Vinyl floors can be susceptible to visible damage from sharp objects or scraping along the surface. On top of this, extreme temperatures and exposure to excessive amounts of direct sunlight can cause the colours to fade over time.
How does it differ from laminate flooring?
Many of the practical benefits of vinyl flooring are similar to those of laminate flooring, they can even look similar – so you may be wondering how they differ? The main difference is the materials they are made from. Laminate flooring is made from 99% wood product, with the core layer being rigid fiberboard, whereas vinyl is 100% plastic. Because of this, vinyl floors offer more practicality as they are superior in terms of water resistance, hence why they have proven a popular option in kitchens and bathrooms.
Free Vinyl Flooring Samples
Oakley Wood Timber offer a wide range of high quality vinyl flooring. Visit our website to browse our selection here and find the perfect look for your home. You can request a free sample of the floorings that you like, to make sure they suit your decor before you buy.