The floor is perhaps the first thing people notice when they visit your home. Hence it always helps to have a first good impression. A vinyl flooring is not only elegantly beautiful to look at but also helps to increase the value of your property both in terms of aesthetics and value.
There are basically two types of vinyl flooring that are available in the market. They are:
• Sheet flooring wherein vinyl sheets, each sheet either 6feet or 12feet wide, are laid down on the floor and
• Tile flooring wherein vinyl tiles of dimensions 9” by 9” or 12” by 12” are used to cover the floor.
Both of these types of vinyl flooring have certain advantages which make them a popular choice for many. These advantages are:
• Waterproofing ability: Vinyl flooring is best known for its waterproofing ability. Hence they make for ideal flooring materials in places where water usage is more like the kitchen, bathrooms, balconies, doorways etc.
• Durability: Vinyl flooring stands well in areas experiencing heavy footfall. This makes it ideal for hallways and doorways wherein the floors experience regular wear and tear. It is also comfortable to walk on and also helps reduce noise to a large extent.
• Huge variety: Vinyl flooring comes in a huge variety of styles, tones and colours. In fact since vinyl floors can also be made to imitate ceramic or marble or even hardwood floors, it enables people to emulate the flooring of their choice. But care must be taken here to choose the design appropriately since once installed, vinyl floors are difficult to take off.
• Easy on the budget: There are many people who dream of having hardwood or ceramic or marble flooring but are unable to do so because of budgetary constraints. But with advancement in technology, today, it is possible to imprint the same look and give the same feel to vinyl flooring. Thus vinyl flooring provides an economically easy alternative to its other costlier counterparts. It also gives value for money.
However there are certain disadvantages attached with the use of vinyl flooring too. They might not be many but it is best to know both the pros and cons before making the final choice. They are:
1. While vinyl flooring can well withstand heavy traffic, they are susceptible to damage from heavy loads, sharp objects etc. In fact heavy sunlight too can result in the fading of the colours of the vinyl tiles.
2. For their installation, vinyl flooring requires an extremely smooth surface as even a minute bump tends to get exaggerated after its installation.
3. It also takes a lot of time for installation and has to be necessarily done by professionals in order to achieve a good finish at its seams which are prone to be visible in DIY installations.
However, vinyl floors are versatile and can be laid over any type of surface. This coupled with its other advantages make for a flooring solution which is well able to stand up to its other counterparts, both in terms of its attractive looks and the budget within which it can be installed.