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Pros And Cons Of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Flooring being installed

Vinyl plank flooring has gained popularity primarily due to its ease of maintenance and low cost. However, like any flooring material, it has its good points and its drawbacks. Speedwell Design Center in Morristown, New Jersey, has over 80 years of home renovation experience and can assist you in choosing the perfect flooring. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of vinyl flooring to determine whether it’s the best fit your lifestyle and flooring needs.

Advantages Of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a synthetic man-made material with nearly limitless design options. Our huge selection of vinyl plank flooring includes a wide range of colors, styles and designs, including some that mimic pricier hardwood flooring. Vinyl also comes in various textures, including hand-scraped and knotted, so you not only get the look of real wood; it feels like the real deal, too.

The protective wear layer on vinyl plank flooring makes it durable and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for households with children and pets. High-quality planks have through-body coloring, so if scratches occur, the damage is less visible than in other flooring options.

Unlike wood, vinyl flooring is water-resistant, so it’s safe to use in damp areas. It also won’t rot or discolor from spills or splashes. This versatility makes it perfect for bathroom and kitchen floors.

Vinyl is soft underfoot because it absorbs pressure as you walk. The bouncy feel also makes it more comfortable when you spend extended time on your feet, which is especially nice if you suffer from leg or back pain.

Disadvantages Of Vinyl Plank Flooring

The thicker the wear layer on your vinyl flooring, the more durable your floors, with greater protection against scratches, stains and scuff marks. However, lower quality vinyl has some disadvantages, including:

  • Vinyl plank flooring is a softer material than hardwood and tile, making it susceptible to punctures from very sharp objects being dropped directly onto the floor.
  • Vinyl flooring without a rigid core could show signs of denting from heavy objects placed on top of it.
  • Not all vinyl plank flooring includes UV protection in the protective top coat, which could allow fading or discoloration over time, especially in a room with prolonged direct sunlight.
  • Glued-down vinyl flooring could be difficult to remove should you decide to replace it.
  • Vinyl flooring is a budget-friendly home improvement but offers a minimal return on investment.

We stock an array of vinyl plank flooring to meet a variety of style preferences. Count on our expert consultants and professional installations to get the floors you’ve always dreamed about. Contact our flooring experts at 973-538-9090 to learn more about our vinyl flooring selection, or visit our showroom to view our collection today.