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The advantages and disadvantages of vinyl floorings

Thinking of decorating your home? Some people love makeover projects while others loathe them. There are lots of things to consider when decorating: whether you should go for carpets or hard floors, curtains or blinds, wallpaper or paint.

This guide is a useful starting point for weighing up flooring options. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl floorings.

Advantages

  • Cost

    Vinyl floorings tend to be cheaper than other flooring options.
  • Designs

    Vinyl flooring comes in many different styles. You will find one to suit your room with ease. You can even customise and cut vinyl into any shape or design you wish, so you won’t be looking too long for what you need.
  • Easy to maintain

    Vinyl flooring it is much easier to clean and much harder to stain than carpets or solid wood flooring. That makes it a great choice for family homes.
  • Safety

    Vinyl flooring can be slip retardant. It is also less likely to harbour bacteria - there are fewer areas for bacteria to hide than with other types of floors.
  • Easy to lay

    It is easy to put down vinyl flooring. Even a complete rookie could lay one easily enough.

Disadvantages

  • Durability

    Although it is easy to maintain, after about five years vinyl flooring will show signs of wear and tear. Sunlight can also fade the design of a vinyl floor so it is best used in rooms that don’t have lots of direct sunlight.
  • It tears

    If you drag something along the floor or drop something on it, it can tear and chip. However if you have vinyl tiles you can usually just replace the tile.

Final word

Overall the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of vinyl floorings. It is cheap, easy to install, comes in many designs, is easy to maintain and it's safe. Although it will show signs of wear and tear after a few years, the low price means that you won’t be too disappointed to put down a new floor.

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