When you are considering re-decorating your home it always comes down to making decisions and of course your budget has also to be taken into account. When you replace your home’s flooring too, there are so many options available on the market nowadays and you should take the various factors into account which will affect your flooring.
When you want to replace the flooring in your bathroom, laundry or kitchen, wood flooring will not be a good option, due to the exposure of water. That is just where vinyl plank flooring comes into the picture. It can offer you the better of two worlds, looking exactly as your favourite solid wood, but actually it is vinyl, and its water resistance is excellent!
Reasons to opt for vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring offers a splendid blend of both functionality and trend and the variety in colours, designs and style were never greater. You can choose your vinyl flooring in the look of a variety of solid woods, ceramic tiles and even in a leather-look!
Vinyl flooring offers a tough and durable option, which outshines laminate and hardwood. This is particularly where water issues arise and it is able to handle scratching very well.
This flooring option is much more cost-effective than solid wood or engineered hardwood. Prices also vary between the different brands and styles. Vinyl can be purchased from $99 sq ft to $5.00 per sq ft. However, if it is possible we advise you to opt for the higher quality vinyl flooring.
It is important to take into account that all vinyl flooring is not designed equally and differences exist between the various construction styles. There can be a difference between the backing systems of the various brands. Other factors to look at include if the vinyl flooring is water resistant or water proof. Does it have a mildew and mold inhibitor, already built-in? Look if it offers UV stabilization for the prevention of fading. Is the vinyl hypo-allergenic, an option offered by some manufacturers? Thickness is another aspect to consider. Usually its thickness starts at about 2-mil and progresses to 6-mil.
Some vinyl products offer a residential warranty whilst others cover a commercial warranty.
Vinyl flooring offers two key installation procedures. Predominantly the full-spread adhesive method is used. However, this is not suggested as a DIY-job. The other method of installing vinyl flooring is the self-adhering type. According to this method the tiles are glued together with factory applied glue with specially designed lips and tips which are joined to each other as a click-in system. Another great feature is that the vinyl flooring can be installed over a sub-floor of wood or directly over concrete.
Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and usually only a mop and a soapy substance is required.
Choosing between all the designs, colours and trends will not be an easy task and we advise you to opt for waterproof vinyl flooring, which will make the maintenance even easier, especially in rooms like the laundry, kitchen and bathroom.