Wood flooring is one of the most sought-after flooring types due to its unbeatable class, style, and grace. Hardwood flooring creates a cozy and comfortable ambiance in any room. However, there are some disadvantages to wood flooring, which include susceptibility to scratches, stains, and other damages. This makes it very difficult to maintain it.
They are available in various widths and sizes. They come in two forms, 'peel and stick' or 'floating flooring', with the first one being self-adhesive vinyl strips, and the latter being a roll form, which needs an adhesive. The peel and stick variety is cheaper, but it is not considered a very superior quality.
Apart from the fact that vinyl is extremely inexpensive, there are several other reasons why you would prefer vinyl plank over wood.
Although the prospects of installing vinyl plank sound lucrative, you must be aware of certain disadvantages of this type of flooring.
- Since vinyl planks are not as thick as real wood planks, they need a separate sub-flooring underneath. You can install vinyl flooring on the existing flooring, but then be prepared to compromise with the end results.
- Also, vinyl is hardly biodegradable, which can be an issue of major concern to some environmentally concerned homeowners.
- Additionally, vinyl needs to be cleaned only with special cleaners that come with strict manufacturer's instructions. Other cleaners, solvents, or wax can damage vinyl flooring.
- If you are attempting to install vinyl flooring yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions to the word. Failing to do so, may void your warranty.
Choosing the correct floor type for your home can be tricky task. Hence, before you go for vinyl plank flooring, take into account all the pros and cons of installing one.