Durable flooring has become more prevalent in the flooring industry in recent years, and for a good reason. Thanks to advancements in printing, vinyl now packages water resistance with durability and high-end finishes. It is also DIY-friendly as ever with click-and-lock installation systems. If you are pondering whether to purchase vinyl flooring for your home, here are some benefits to help you make up your mind.
Nice on Your Feet
Tile and hardwood may still be some of the most popular options in the flooring industry right now, but vinyl has a crucial advantage over both: it is not as hard on your feet. People with joint problems will welcome vinyl’s comfortable surface, especially when doing tasks that require standing for a while, such as cooking.
Because vinyl is usually scratch-resistant and nonporous, you can install it in any room of your home, including wet zones like bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms as well as in high-traffic areas like family and living rooms. The only place you should not install vinyl is outdoors as it can warp when it is exposed to heat. Vinyl is a chameleon in that it offers a variety of looks — from sleek ceramic and porcelain tile to natural hardwood and stone. Some vinyl types also have the option to include grout lines for more of an authentic tile look.
In contrast to laminate and hardwood, which absorb moisture, vinyl is nonporous. Spills and splashes will not cause it to warp, making it perfectly suitable for bathroom installations. Certain vinyl products even have 100% waterproof backings, like plastic or cork, for added protection from moisture. If your home is near water or by the country, you might want to consider installing vinyl in a mudroom or entryway. It is durable enough to withstand sand, dirt, rain and snow.
Vinyl is challenged only by laminate in terms of how DIY-friendly it is. Many vinyl floors have a click-and-lock arrangement that allows people to put the pieces together like a puzzle and create a floating floor. Peel-and-stick vinyl is also user-friendly, and more enthusiastic homeowners could certainly tackle glue-down vinyl planks without much help from the pros.
It is true that vinyl will show imperfections on your floor because of how thin it is, and your floors must be level before installation can proceed. But, this feature also has its benefits if you have foundation issues. A shifty foundation can lead to warped hardwood and cracked tile. Vinyl is a smarter choice if you are faced with replacing damaged flooring from an unstable foundation. It may bend, but it will not break. Its flexible structure can adapt to the way your home moves and stay relatively whole over time.
For a wide selection of flooring of all sorts of colours and materials, visit Fairmont Flooring. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians can help you pick out the right type for your home. Call us today to find out more!