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.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Vinyl Flooring
- Easy to maintain
- Comes in a variety of textures, colours and patterns
- Easy to install
- Poor quality vinyl can turn yellow over time
- Can be difficult to repair
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.
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.