Vinyl has been around for a long time, and like most flooring, it has gone through many changes in both looks and durability. Vinyl is one of the fastest-growing flooring categories on the market, yet it is still plagued by many misconceptions. You might be surprised at what you don't know about today's vinyl.
Myth 1: Vinyl is outdated and unattractive.
Today’s vinyl is not like that of the 70’s vinyl: picture one giant, seamless sheet of vinyl rolled out on the floor with an unrealistic wood or tile print. Vinyl today has far surpassed that! It now comes in three different forms: planks, tiles, and sheets. Vinyl plank is perfect for mimicking wood plank looks. Vinyl tile comes in many of the same sizes and styles as real tile. And lastly, sheet vinyl is available in very realistic textures and colors of wood or tile. Vinyl also comes in so many different prints like wood, ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, concrete, and even metallic looks. The printing technology vinyl uses today reproduces these looks so well it's hard to tell the difference from the real deal.
Myth 2: Vinyl is not durable.
Today's vinyl is some of the most durable flooring on the market, but not all vinyl is created equal. Some of the most durable vinyl brands are that of US Floors’ COREtec vinyl plank, Mannington’s LVS Gold tile and sheet vinyl, and IVC’s Goliath tile and sheet vinyl. These brands have great warranties and stand up to moisture, scratches and tears. They’re durable and stylish and perfect for spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, etc. When looking for durable vinyl, be sure to look at the thickness of the vinyl and its finish. Some vinyl comes with only a basic, buffed PVC finish that isn’t as durable to wear; others have a urethane finish; and the most protective finish is called enhanced urethane.
Vinyl has become a popular flooring choice because of its huge advancements is styles, sizes, textures and durability, coupled with its affordable price point. Vinyl stands up to the need for style and durability for active families as well as commercial spaces. So, throw out your doubts about vinyl and take a fresh look at whether or not it might be right for your space.