When people think of flooring options, their minds typically
go immediately to the age-old debate between carpet and hardwood. But stepping
back from those two perfectly fine flooring choices, consumers will find that
there are truly a wealth of other alternatives to tradition that can serve them
well in a home or office setting. Vinyl is one of these many great
alternatives! Vinyl first began its life as a flooring option back in the
1930’s and has remained a popular flooring choice ever since. This popularity
is due in part to it being a fairly inexpensive flooring option that comes in a
wide variety of colors and styles. Vinyl is also quite durable which makes it
great for office use or high-traffic areas in the home. If you’re considering
vinyl for your home or office, take a moment to weigh the advantages and
disadvantages compared to other flooring options.

 

Durability

Another reason people love vinyl floors is their
long-lasting lifespan. When properly installed a vinyl floor can last 20 years
or more. Vinyl floors are also water-resistant, which makes them a perfect
choice for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, or anywhere else that moisture
might be an issue. Solid and composite vinyl tiles are also highly resistant to
scratches and wear, as is printed vinyl, which is coated in a clear protective
layer.

 

Maintenance

Vinyl is generally much easier to maintain than many
hardwood floors, which require yearly professional cleaning and maintenance. As
mentioned above, printed vinyl features a clear wear layer which makes it very resistant
to stains and spills. Solid and composite vinyl on the other hand does not
feature this wear layer so they can be a somewhat more prone to staining, but
can be stripped and polished occasionally to maintain their appeal.

 

Versatilility

Vinyl’s initial rise to popularity and had a lot to do with
the vast array of color and pattern options available. Unique designs and
various options that include the look of hardwood, stone and more mean that
vinyl can adapt to so many settings and decorating styles. The newer styles of
printed vinyl mimic other materials so well that it can be difficult to tell
when standing upon it.

 

Environmental Impacts

One drawback to vinyl flooring is the environmental impact of
the product, which can cause problems for people who are trying to “go green.”
Vinyl is manufactured with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can cause the tiles
to emit “volatile organic compounds”. This effect is worse when the flooring is
new and decreases over time. While this problem can be mitigated and avoided
with great care during installation, it is something to talk to your vinyl
flooring provider about. Another reason that vinyl flooring is less popular
than some more green flooring options is that vinyl is created using non-renewable
resources like petroleum and natural gas. If eco-friendly materials are on your
mind but you still want an alternative to hardwood and carpet, linoleum may
actually be the best choice for you.

 

Now that you have had a chance to weigh the pros and cons of
vinyl flooring, give us a call at Floor Coverings International of Alpharetta
to learn more! Our experts provide in-home estimates that are always free, so
give us a call today!

Floor Coverings International
1005 Alderman Drive, Suite 111 Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone: 678-341-5525