There is no doubt that wood floors are a timeless choice for local homes. There is also little doubt that vinyl floors – whether in sheets, tiles, or planks – are a cost-effective, versatile, and durable alternative to not only natural wood but ceramic tile or stone, too! The world of vinyl has advanced more than you may have realized since the 70s. So, throw out your ideas of outdated vinyl and get to know this popular, luxury-looking option from the team here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West.
Basic Facts to Know about Vinyl
Contemporary vinyl flooring, often called luxury vinyl, bears some resemblance to old-fashioned linoleum, but the synthetic “new kid” on the design scene is available at a range of price points, colors, and patterns that are almost limitless. It resists fading and with minimal care and will retain its good looks over time. It is easy on the feet, easy to care for, and easy on the wallet. In addition, vinyl is a good choice for wet or humid areas, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It is hypoallergenic, will not harbor pests, and requires minimal upkeep. Vinyl will not stain or fade from normal use, requires little maintenance other than routine sweeping and mopping, and is quiet and comfortable for standing and walking. In addition, it is quiet and somewhat padded; good for families with children.
Vinyl is available in sheets, tiles, and planks – all depending on the style you are looking for. For wood-look floors, we recommend vinyl planks as they bear the most resemblance to the true flooring style you want to emulate. To get the best looking product, we recommend hiring a team of professionals to install your vinyl floors. It is suitable for both remodel projects and new home construction and doesn’t not require an intense amount of labor to complete. However, imperfections in the installment along the subfloor can be visible through the thinner flooring materials.
Pros and Cons of Wood-Look Vinyl Flooring
Luxury wood-look vinyl planks have been the solution to many design dilemmas for homeowners. High-end styles that look incredible like exotic Brazilian cherry or dense hickory are not very budget-friendly. Here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West, we want to help you get the look you want, wherever your price point may fall. Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, vinyl planks can mimic classic oak, modern gray stains, rustic distressed woods, and more. Lastly, vinyl strips may be installed in multiple shades for a unique parquet or herringbone look.
For most homeowners the primary advantages of vinyl include:
- Reasonable Cost
- Water and Moisture Resistance
- Maintenance and Upkeep Ease
- Design Versatility
- Long-Term Value
Disadvantages of vinyl are its tendency to rip or tear: Sliding furniture on vinyl can cause damage not easily repaired. Sharp objects will pierce the floor; metal toys and pet nails can cause damage. Seams may pull apart or curl over time in particularly busy homes. Vinyl is not recommended in situations where there are extreme temperature variations. Even though vinyl is adaptable for bathroom and kitchen use, it is not impervious to water; spills should be promptly wiped up, especially when liquid can penetrate a seam.
Overall, wood-look luxury vinyl is an affordable alternative to expensive natural looks that many homeowners choose. To learn more about vinyl flooring, contact the professional team at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West! We can help you get the look you want that matches your lifestyle, your aesthetic, and your budget! Get started and call us today!
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