There are so many flooring options out there these days that Sedona homeowners are often bewildered about which to choose. Vinyl flooring continues to be one of the most popular choices, both for its affordability, versatility, and relative ease of installation. Invented in the years just before World War II, it quickly outpaced linoleum as the budget flooring of choice, and vinyl remains the dominant low-cost option to this day.
However, like any type of flooring, vinyl has its benefits and its drawbacks. Affordability aside, vinyl works well in some applications, not so well in others. Here are some of the pros and cons of vinyl flooring from the team at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff.
- Variety – Vinyl flooring is available in just about any color and design that can be imagined, and it can be mixed and matched to create even more unique customized designs. Faux wood and stone vinyl flooring is also available.
- Durability – Vinyl wears very well and can last up to 20 years if well-maintained. It is also extremely resistant to dirt and moisture, almost waterproof if installed well and not damaged, which makes it a good choice for the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry.
- Low-Maintenance – Because it is so resistant to soiling, vinyl only requires sweeping and occasional mopping to keep it looking new.
- Comfort – Vinyl is softer than other types of solid flooring like wood or tile, and can be purchased with extra padding underneath if desired. It also doesn’t get as cold as other flooring options.
- PVC – Vinyl flooring is made using polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and can potentially emit harmful gases causing breathing problems and eye irritation in people who are susceptible to them. This is usually only a concern when the flooring is newly installed. In recent years manufacturers have responded to this problem by using less PVC in their products.
- Subfloor Preparation – Preparing the subfloor can be a tricky job. Any lumps, bumps, nail heads, or staples left in the subflooring will show through the vinyl, and eventually cause a tear or a hole to develop over time. The subfloor needs to be smooth and free of any protrusions.
- Scratches – Anything with a sharp edge and a little weight can cause a gouge if dropped on vinyl. Moving a stove or refrigerator around is a common cause of tears. Foot pads are a must for any heavy furniture or appliances.
- Resale Value – Wood and tile will add to a home’s value, while vinyl flooring will not. In addition, vinyl can often be hard to remove.
Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice when used for the right application. Its affordability will often outweigh the cons for many Sedona homeowners. If you’re thinking about installing vinyl– or any new flooring– call the experts at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff today!
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