The Pros and Cons of Installing Vinyl Flooring

Published: October 29th, 2013

Vinyl flooring has been around since the 1930s and by the 1950s, it had replaced linoleum as a leader in low-cost, water- resistant floor covering. Even more appealing is that it is available in many colors making it ideal for room designs and styles of any size. So, if you are considering vinyl flooring for your Hopkins space, then take some time to consider these pros and cons.

The Advantages of Vinyl Flooring

  • Vinyl flooring provides a softer surface than hard flooring materials, because it is backed with a thin layer of either felt or foam, depending on the vinyl flooring manufacturer. This layer allows for more give, making it more comfortable if you will be standing on it for long periods of time.
  • It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, even giving the illusion of brick, stone or wood flooring.
  • Vinyl flooring is extremely long lasting; in fact, most have a minimum 15-year warranty – some can last as 20 years if properly installed and maintained.
  • Vinyl flooring does not require extreme maintenance and cleaning. Basic sweeping and mopping while avoiding dropping sharp or heavy objects on it is generally all that is needed to keep your floors looking great for years.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

  • Vinyl flooring does nothing to increase a home’s resale value.
  • Vinyl flooring can be challenging to remove if you have it installed and then decided that you do not care for it.
  • The spongy, or soft, element that adds comfort and can prevent a glass item from breaking if it is dropped on the floor can be gouged if a sharp object such a knife is dropped or dragged across it. Other items that can damage the surface of a vinyl floor wood be heavy furniture, so it is recommended that one add furniture pads to couches or heavy objects before placing them on a vinyl floor.
  • Getting the subfloor ready to install vinyl can be a big job, and then the subfloor must be perfectly smooth before the vinyl is installed or the pieces will be damaged.
  • The product is made by using PVC and this causes the flooring to send volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the air, especially when the flooring is new. However, it should be noted that this process has been greatly refined and since 2010, there has been less PVC used in manufacturing vinyl flooring.

When it comes to choosing a new type of flooring, it really comes down to what is most important to you. However, for many homeowners, the lower cost and added comfort of vinyl is of higher value than concern about VOC emissions. If you are uncertain as to what type of flooring will be best, then talk to the flooring professionals at Hopkins Carpet One. With our many years of experience with flooring selection and installation, we will be happy to help decide what flooring will best meet your family’s needs.

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