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Vinyl: The Fast, Flexible and Fashionable Solution


No material offers as many options as vinyl. You might say it’s the great imposter, since there are vinyl patterns, colors and textures that mimic nearly any surface imaginable. It combines all of this design flexibility with durability, too. That’s why designers often choose vinyl for high traffic areas where they want to complete a specific design theme or capture a unique aesthetic.

Vinyl can look like wood, slate, ceramic tile or stone, with depth and realism that can fool nearly any eye. And it does all that while being budget friendly, sensible, durable and easy to clean. Want to know the best place to see how good today’s vinyl floors are? Just check out the great warranties!

 

Manufacturers

 

  • Global Exotics | Cherry | Armstrong

  • Rustic | Heritage | Armstrong


Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:

  •     Widest variety of quality levels and prices of all flooring choices.
  •     Widest variety of styles, patterns, and colors with ultra realistic wood, tile or stone look-alikes.
  •     Water resistant.
  •     Quiet and comfortable underfoot.
  •     Easy maintenance - Vinyl does not require any elaborate maintenance. Vacuum twice a week, mop twice a month and apply year vinyl dressing twice yearly (schedule it with the time changes in spring and fall).
  •     Easy to replace damaged tiles.
  •     Easy to give your floor a new look.
  •     Warranties of higher end products do cover damage repair. (Check out Armstrong's ToughGuard warranty for example.)

Disadvantages:

  •     Vinyl sheet - Few seams. (Vinyl tile requires more seams.)
  •     Vinyl is tough but not indestructible. Dragging heavy appliances across vinyl floors can cause tearing. Dropping heavy objects can cause dents.
  •     Resilient flooring does fade over time, especially if in a room with bright sunlight. Life expectancy is 15-30 years but that's less than real stone or wood flooring.
  •     Repairing vinyl sheet requires a patch or an entire sheet be replaced which is why some prefer tile over sheeting.

Unlike hardwood and ceramic, these floors do have a life expectancy. Depending on your point of view, this can be a plus or a minus. If, for example, you enjoy changing the look of your home once in awhile, the fact that vinyl floors are relatively easy to change to another design can be a plus. Ceramic flooring is very hard to remove. If you decide to use ceramic looking vinyl, it's much easier to remodel.

 

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