There is doubt that the popularity of vinyl is taking the flooring world by storm. It is not just in the home that this flooring choice has gained favor with consumers but also in the office and other commercial spaces. From the days when it was only a fallback option for consumers, vinyl finally has a seat at the table, giving some serious competition to authentic wood and stone. Choosing the flooring for your space is a big decision, but that is not enough. To ensure you have everything on lock, you have to consider things when picking your vinyl floor.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way, and improvements made to the material are not limited to the technicalities and look. Vinyl is versatile; it comes in different designs, colors, quality, so you should think long and hard before settling for your choice of vinyl. Here are considerations you need to make when getting vinyl floors.
The question of how much
Budget is a controlling factor when making your decision, so it is only fitting that cost comes into play. Vinyl comes in different designs and quality; this ultimately translates to how much you pay for the material. Although vinyl is generally pocket-friendly, a higher quality of vinyl will cost you a couple of bucks more. On average, vinyl ranges from $1-$2 per square foot; however, higher quality vinyl can cost up to $14 per square foot. But this comes with added features, like added thickness, anti-slip texture and even higher wear and tear resistance. Take time and make a choice based on your budget.
Some consumers may jump at the chance of having affordable vinyl floors, but there is always a catch with cheap. It is more susceptible to damage; it could scratch, rip and even fade after a few years of use. Paying more higher quality vinyl flooring allows you to get the maximum return on investment on your floor. Which begs the question, ‘how long do you want to last with your floors?’ Repairing your vinyl after the damage is not easy; in most cases, you have to rip out the ensure flooring, which is expensive. To save you financial frustrations, you could invest in higher quality vinyl, which, although it costs more, is highly resilient thus more durable. However, if you don’t mind reinstalling a few years down the line, then the cheaper option is for you.
Ease of installation
The beauty of vinyl is in the options it gives consumers. To hire or to do it yourself is something to keep in mind when getting vinyl. Because there are different types of vinyl, you can pick one that will be most convenient for your installation. Individuals who lack the finances to hire a flooring professional can readily go for the floating vinyl sheet or peel and stick vinyl which does not require an expert to install. Which type of vinyl suits you? Give it some thought and decide.
Use of the space
Vinyl can be used for simply any room you have, from the living room, basement, laundry room, even bathroom. But if you’re going to make an excellent choice for the space, you need to give more thought to the room you plan to install the flooring. Is the room a high traffic area? Will the flooring be exposed to a lot of moisture? Answering these questions will help you select the right thickness and more specific features in your flooring. For rooms like the playroom, you can request vinyl flooring with an extra wear layer to stand scratches and stains by the kids.
What do you like?
Vinyl is as versatile as flooring options can get. The fact vinyl mimics the lock of other floors gives it flexibility in design and cost options. From rustic, modern, contemporary, to traditional, you can find the perfect design of vinyl to complement your space. Your preference matters because you are the one who has to live with what you choose, and because remodels are not cheap, you better choose right the first time. Combine what you like and existing décor to choose vinyl that works best for you.
Picking vinyl flooring should never be a gamble. Knowing all your options allows you to make an informed decision even when bombarded with numerous designs in the market. With these tips, you can avoid being stuck with the floor you hate for years. Hopefully, picking the suitable vinyl can help kickstart your journey into transforming your space.