Vinyl is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular materials when it comes to flooring. Naturally, like all materials, using vinyl planks for your kitchen floor has a set of advantages and disadvantages.
Stay with us as we explore what vinyl is and whether it is a good choice for busy households.
Vinyl Planks are 100 percent synthetic material- think plastic. Normally, you find luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and vinyl rolls.
Fiberglass is coated in PVC vinyl and a plasticizer to create most standard vinyl floorings. Later the sheet is printed with another layer to improve durability. The final sheet is a highly durable, practical, and affordable flooring option suitable for commercial as well as residential usage.
Here is why vinyl planks are commonly used for kitchen flooring.
100% Water Resistant
Vinyl planks do not absorb water. In simple words, whether you spill a bucket full of water in your kitchen or glass, you can easily wipe it away without damaging your kitchen floor.
Of course, kitchen and bathrooms see water, juice, and other liquid spills throughout the day, therefore, vinyl planks offer the best protection.
Can be Installed on Any Subfloor
From cement to granite, tile, laminate – vinyl floors can easily be installed on any existing flooring. If you have just moved to a new place, and the old tiles got you overwhelmed, vinyl planks offer safe and easy installation, at an affordable price.
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Easy to Maintenance
Did we mention vinyl floors are absolutely easy to maintain and clean? Use a wet mop and you’re good to go-no expensive cleaning products or any polishing required. Since it’s water-resistant, unlike laminate, you don’t need to run for your life the minute your pet or kid spills any liquid.
Vinyl flooring is highly durable even in areas that receive a lot of traffic during the day aka the
kitchen. Standard vinyl planks can last you on average 10- 20 years, depending on your usage and care.
This is primarily because vinyl flooring has additional layers on the surface that resist stains and scratches.
Here are a few issues associated with vinyl planks.
Prone to Staining
Beetroot, tomato, wine, fruits, sugary drinks, and even milk (among others ) can leave unsightly stains on your vinyl floor if not cleaned immediately.
Not as Comfortable as Hardwood Flooring
Some people find vinyl planks rather uncomfortable compared to hardwood floors. Truth be told, there is a difference in texture compared to wood flooring and if you walk barefoot, you will notice the difference.
May Warp or Lift Under Heavy Weight
Since vinyl is much softer than laminate or hardwood floors, it can easily be punctured by sharp or heavy objects. Let’s say you drop a sharp knife or drag a metal chair around the floor, you might end up damaging your flooring.
Similarly, areas under heavy kitchen appliances may dent due to pressure.
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