In the past decade, there has been a resurgence of a classic interior design trend. Vinyl floors have made their way into homes across the world. First invented back in the 1930s, vinyl flooring remains a popular option today due to a variety of desirable design characteristics.
Vinyl flooring is often considered the synthetic alternative to linoleum, and not only is it a flooring trendsetter, but it’s also water and stain-resistant, making it both versatile and durable for many wet areas.
So what exactly are some of the benefits of vinyl flooring, and why should you choose it for your home?
One of the key selling points of vinyl flooring is that it’s aesthetically versatile. It comes in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit anyone’s style. Some of the most popular types include those that replicate natural materials such as timber and stone.
Faux timber vinyl flooring is particularly popular, as it can be sold in planks like genuine wooden floorboards. The overall effect, once laid, can make it look like there are real timber wood floors in your room. Homeowners can enjoy the natural look of timber in wet areas, without it running the risk of warping and flaking.
Resistant to moisture
As mentioned previously, vinyl flooring is completely waterproof, meaning it can be used in any room or area inside a home. Its moisture resistance means it’s suited to wet areas where water may end up on the floor, such as bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms.
Maintaining vinyl flooring is easy, as all you need to do is ensure that dirt is regularly swept or vacuumed away when needed, and then clean the surface with a mop or approved vinyl cleaner. Because the clear wear layer in vinyl acts as a surface barrier, it is protected from stains and spills. This means you don’t have to worry about staining your floor with red wine or dirt ever again!
When properly installed and maintained, vinyl flooring can last between 10 to 20 years, making it an incredibly durable flooring option. The same wear layer that protects the floor from unwanted dirt and stains also protects it from wear and tear. This makes it ideal for areas where there is high foot traffic, such as hallways and corridors. As long as you buy quality vinyl flooring, you can expect it to last for at least a decade or two!
Vinyl floors come in sheets, tiles and planks, all of which are incredibly easy to install. Sheeting just needs to be glued down to the floor, and tiles usually come with a ‘peel and stick’ backing. For these options, it’s simply a matter of laying them out evenly and neatly when installing.
As for vinyl planks, they’re laid in the same way as laminate flooring. They have a tongue and groove profile that just requires them to click together. Whatever type of vinyl you choose, rest assured that you’ll find the installation process quick and easy!