Vinyl Flooring: The Pros and Cons

Vinyl has been in-style for decades. Vinyl floors, that is.

Rather than spending countless hundreds of dollars on costly wood, carpet, or tile floor finishes, lots of homeowners look to vinyl for the solution. What are some of the perks to choosing this option?

Water-Resistant – As long as your floor is installed correctly, it shouldn’t let any water damage your subfloor.

Variety in Pattern – If your budget limits you to vinyl, the material certainly won’t limit your style! You can choose from so many different designs that resemble wood, stone, or tile finishes. 

Durability and Stain-Resistance – Vinyl is hard to ruin. You can expect a good floor to last for ten, twenty years or more.

Cost-Effective – Some varieties run for a few cents per square foot. You’ll get a lot of mileage from a few pennies, this way.

Comfort – Vinyl provides excellent insulation and adds a surprising layer of cushion to the floor.

Easy Maintenance – This flooring is very easy to clean with a broom and a damp mop. It’s resistant to stain, so you won’t have too much to clean, anyway.

This sounds like a good deal. What else should you be aware of before you decide to go with vinyl?

Toxic Fire Hazard – If your vinyl floor was to catch on fire, it would release some very harmful gases into the atmosphere. That’s why they aren’t recommended for commercial kitchens and other places with a high fire risk.

Non-Biodegradable – There’s no good place for damaged or old vinyl flooring. It’s not common to recycle it so it winds up just taking space in landfills for a long time.

Hard to Repair – In fact, there’s little you can do once your vinyl tears. You’d have to remove it and replace it altogether. That’s where it’s easier to place vinyl tiles. If one gets damaged, you only have to replace one spot.

For any of your questions on cleaning and caring for your flooring, contact the experts at Johnson Floor Care.


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