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Pros And Cons Of Vinyl Floor Covering

In the last few years, vinyl sheets have gained widespread popularity for their floor covering abilities. Being less expensive than its flooring counterparts, vinyl floor covering is now used all over the world for giving homes a good budgetary floor. But this type of flooring has its own advantages and disadvantages. And before you opt for it, you must know it all to make an informed decision. Here, the list of pros and cons are mentioned.

Pros

Designer range

Vinyl floor tiles have been popular all over the world for the endless range of colors and patterns. Solid and composite vinyl can be used intelligently and effectively for creating designer patterns. Therefore, it allows you to easily match the flooring with your home dcor. Moreover, printed vinyl is easy to use and can help recreating the stone' look. Whether you want natural tile appearance, hardwood or any other material look, these vinyl floor coverings will give you wide range of options.

Low Maintenance

Unlike other types of flooring, vinyl sheets are easier to maintain. All you have to do is sweep away grit and dirt. Otherwise, you could use a damp mop along with approved cleaner for removal of stains. Maintenance of this type of flooring is look key and cheap.

Water Resistant

Vinyl flooring, when installed correctly becomes resistant to water penetration. Hence, you can use it in your living room and even in your kitchen, basement, laundry room or bathroom. Its resistant makes it more comfortable. Plus, this type of flooring doesn't get cold during winters and save you money on floor padding.

Less expensive and durable

For all those on budget, vinyl flooring is the way to go. Although, premium vinyl is costlier than the regular vinyl, it still isn't as expensive as marble or other kinds of tiles. At the same time vinyl is more durable and the colors are permeating every layer to ensure that the flooring is scratch and stain resistant. Installation is easy.

Cons

Contains VOC

Vinyl is produced using Volatile Organic Chemicals or VOC, which may be a problem for people with asthma as it may lead to respiratory problems and eye irritation. However, it reduces as the vinyl ages.

Subfloor Damage

In case vinyl is not installed on perfectly smooth and flat surface, it will result in subfloor damage and may cause appearance of lumps on the surface. If installed incorrectly, it may cause rips and tears in the sheet. Vinyl is also prone to discoloration due to rubber.

Yellowing effects

Low grade vinyl flooring may become yellow as it ages. At the same time, while high quality vinyl is durable, the lower one can rip and tear, which is very difficult to repair. This more often happens with tiles than sheets.

Release of toxins in case of fire

If the flooring is made from vinyl and catches fire, then it can release toxic chemicals in the air. Hence, prefer not to use it for commercial kitchen flooring purposes.

The author of this article writes blogs and columns on his favorite topics like vinyl flooring and vinyl sheets. In this article he has shared valuable information on vinyl floor covering.

Original article published on amazines.com

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