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Flooring: Everything You Need To Know About Vinyl

Vinyl is not what it used to be. Vinyl flooring has evolved more than any other flooring in the last ten years. It is now available as sheets or planks and is an excellent choice for kitchen or bathroom floors.

Things To Consider When Choosing Vinyl Flooring

The price
Vinyl flooring is an affordable, inexpensive flooring option.
Installation
Installation require an intermediate level of skill and effort.
Maintenance
Care and maintenance of vinyl flooring is easy.
Durability
It is one of the more durable flooring option.
Water Resistance
Vinyl floor is very water resistant.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is an attractive, versatile and durable floor covering option that can provide a look of luxury, but has both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • Waterproof
  • Easy to maintain
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes in a variety of textures, colours and patterns
  • Easy to install
  • Durable

Disadvantages

  • Poor quality vinyl can turn yellow over time
  • Can be difficult to repair

Pro tip

To be more environmentally friendly, choose linoleum. It is a biodegradable, oil-based coating that’s just as affordable as vinyl and can last over 10 years.

What You Need To Know When Choosing Vinyl Flooring

1. Types of vinyl
There are 3 types of vinyl : sheets, tiles or planks. Your choice of vinyl type will depend on your desired look. For example, you’d choose planks if you’re after a wood floor look.

2. Phthalate in vinyl flooring
Make sure that the coating doesn’t contain phthalates (used in the past to make vinyl more flexible) to avoid affecting your home’s air quality.

3. Finish
There are 3 types of vinyl finishes. The wax-free finish is the lightest of the three and is suited for low traffic areas. The urethane finish is a little bit heavier and is more durable, making it ideal for areas with moderate traffic. Lastly, there is the improved urethane finish which has a lasting gloss that requires very little maintenance.

Pro tip

Follow our tips to install your own vinyl flooring.

Out of time? Our team of experts is at your disposal to carry out a perfect installation.

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