Choosing the right type of flooring may seem trivial when designing your home, but the global flooring industry was worth an estimated $388.24 billion in 2020. That number is expected to show annual growth of 6.1% until 2028.
Many people become confused by the endless available flooring options. The difference between timber, rubber, cork, and vinyl flooring may be obvious to some. What about when we start discussing SPC, LVP, or WPC?
Not sure what these are? Here is the secret: The last three are all types of vinyl flooring.
So, why should you choose to use vinyl flooring in your home? Keep reading to find out!
Standard vs Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Although the benefits of vinyl apply to both the standard and luxury types, there are some differences between the two. For example, the flooring installation method can be different, as can the flooring material itself (although both contain PVC).
Standard Vinyl is:
- Can be rolls or square tiles
- Expected to last 10-15 years
- Very thin
Luxury Vinyl is:
- More expensive
- Can be planks or square tiles
- Expected to last as long as 25 years
- Thicker and more durable
Regardless of your choice, both types offer a wide range of fantastic designs.
Affordable flooring that looks great may seem like a pipe dream, but vinyl flooring can provide exactly that. Standard vinyl flooring generally costs as little as $0.50 to $2 per square foot, while luxury vinyl flooring is usually between $2 and $7 per square foot.
When you factor in cleaning costs over the 10-25 years, vinyl proves a much more affordable flooring option than carpet or wood.
Ease of Installation
Installing flooring must be a nightmare, right? With vinyl flooring, installation couldn’t be simpler. And the best part is that you can leave your saw, nails, and hammer in the garage!
Whether you buy vinyl in sheet, plank, or tile form, all options are incredibly easy to install. All you need is a pair of scissors to adjust any sheet or plank size, and maybe some glue. Although many vinyl options come with a self-adhesive back, so all you have to do is remove the film or paper, press the vinyl down, and you’re done!
Durable and Easily Maintained
Lastly, we have to mention the durable nature of vinyl flooring, especially luxury vinyl flooring! But if it’s cheap, easy to install, and durable, what’s the cost?
Regular maintenance is the price of vinyl flooring. But it’s worth noting that another advantage is that vinyl is incredibly easy and cheap to clean!
You don’t need detergents, bleach, or even elbow grease. You can remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner or a dry mop or cloth. To give the floor a deeper clean, you can buy a solution designed specifically for vinyl to avoid damaging the material.
When it comes to the legs of chairs and tables, consider placing coasters or a rug underneath to limit any damage.
Ready to Pick Some Flooring?
Hopefully, you enjoyed this article about vinyl flooring and its many advantages. Being affordable, easy to install, and durable makes it an incredible option in any room.
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