When it comes to choosing a floor surface, people will take many issues into account. Cost, appearance, practicality, maybe even the old sense of needing to keep up with the Joneses, even if these days Mr and Mrs Jones have trouble with their credit card bill.
When making a decision, not many would consider vinyl to be the glamorous choice. But the well-informed will know that the material has a great deal going for it.
First of all, it isn’t expensive, something well worth bearing in mind in an age when people have realised that spending beyond one’s means no longer looks clever. What is more, there is value for money in the resilience offered by scratch-resistant, stain-proof and waterproof cheap
The last of these attributes could be particularly useful in places where there is plenty of water about, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where spillages, drips and humidity are all inevitable. Here, the advantage over other materials is obvious. There is no chance of mould or mildew as there is if water seeps under cork, no chance of staining as there is with carpets and the threat of warping, supping or crowning that can take place with wood is absent.
As for the aesthetics, vinyl has come a long way, with wood effect
On top of this, vinyl can also be green. While the material itself is synthetic, it can be recycled and some
So with toughness, water and stain resistance, a range of designs, low cost and the possibility of re-use, there is a whole range of reasons to choose