Vinyl flooring has come a long way from being used as inconspicuous flooring materials for cafeterias, basement floors etc. Today vinyl flooring comes in a wide array of options; each of which is a perfect combination of elegance, style and aesthetics. In fact its ability to emulate the other flooring options like wood, tiles etc., makes it an inexpensively option favoured by many because of its understated elegance.
Vinyl wood flooring refers to those tiles, sheets and planks which look just like hardwood yet it is not so in character. Hence vinyl wood flooring has advantages which overcome the disadvantages of actual hardwood flooring like:
- Ease of maintenance, making it a good choice of flooring for places like the kitchen.
- Scratch and dent free and also resistant to fading, thus homes with pets fare better with vinyl wood flooring and high traffic regions like corridors and stairways fare better with it.
- Water resistant, which is of great help when used in the bathroom
- Imparts warmth to the room, gives a very good feeling underfoot making it easier to stand for long periods
- Easy to install as do it yourself kits with a good instructions manual is enough to lay the flooring of the whole house.
In fact vinyl flooring can look almost like the original wood whose design and style has been imprinted on a vinyl tile like:
- Weathered wood
- Apple and light and dark oak wood
- Cedar and walnut wood
- Teak wood and light and dark maple wood
- Chestnut wood, ebony wood etc.
The advent of vinyl wood flooring options in the form of both everyday and luxury sheets, planks and tiles, have changed the way vinyl tiles are now perceived. Today vinyl wood flooring does not simply simulate wood patterns and designs; even the feel, shape and touch or real wood can be replicated on it. Advancements of technology has ensured that today vinyl wood flooring tiles, planks and sheets can trick even the most experienced eye into thinking that they are actual hardwood tiles, planks and sheets. The popularity of wood flooring also lies in the fact that it helps to do away with the irregularities present in the original wood tiles thereby making for a smoother and more practical finish.
Another advantage of using vinyl flooring which mimic the look of hardwood flooring is the continuity it offers in the design. Hardwood floor tiles come with natural grains and no two grains can be similar even if the wood comes from the same tree. But since the design of the hardwood is stamped onto the vinyl wood floor, it is easier to get similar looking tiles thereby adding continuity to the floor design.
Hardwood flooring has been a favourite since time immemorial but it is also a very expensive option. Hence there are many people who are fascinated with hardwood flooring but are unable to install it in their homes since they are expensive. Vinyl wood flooring with its beautifully mimicked tiles look exactly like the original hardwood tiles and is thus considered an inexpensive but worthy alternative to the real hardwood tiles.