Why Vinyl?

Whether you’re an architect, designer, a contractor or the end client, you’ve being entrusted with the responsibility of finding the right flooring solution for a project, within a certain budget.

With all the different floor finishes available on the market, it can be a tough decision. You need to be certain that you’ve selected the right product for your project, to ensure that your floor can withstand the test of time.

Why choose vinyl?

Although a vinyl installation requires very specific preparation and installation technique, the benefits far outweigh the time and cost.

Advantages of vinyl flooring

  • Safe
    • Slip resistant
    • Flame retardant, slow to burn and self extinguishes
    • Extremely hygienic
  • Excellent cost vs. performance ratio (the initial costs are offset by the product’s long lifespan)
  • Long lifespan
    • Doesn’t rot or corrode
    • Fully water resistant
    • Stain resistant
  • Extremely hard wearing and durable
  • Comfortable under foot
  • Versatile – can be used in a variety of applications for various industries
  • Environmentally friendly
    • Low use of water during product maintenance
    • Low use of chemicals during product maintenance
    • Lower use of energy during manufacturing than other products
    • Lower carbon footprint than most other products
    • Excellent energy efficient ratings
    • Excellent BRE ratings
    • Minimal off gassing – very low VOC emissions
    • 100% recyclable
    • EPD Certified
  • Hygienic
    • An impervious surface ensures no bacteria can collect or penetrate the surface

Disadvantages of vinyl flooring

  • Vinyl is only suitable indoors
  • Requires a professional installation
  • Correct preparation of the sub-floor is critical which requires expertise, time and budget
  • Budget constraints may limit your choice (although the lifetime cost of ownership is substantially lower than other floor coverings)
  • Vinyl needs to be maintained as per the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Difficult to ascertain whether or not you’re purchasing a quality product if you’ve never worked with vinyl before
  • Maintained as per the manufacturer’s specifications

Your flooring decision should take into consideration the following factors:

  • Product cost
  • Product life expectancy
  • Product performance / endurance
  • Product cleaning (cost and effort required)
  • Product environmental considerations
  • Product aesthetics
  • Product acoustics
  • Product comfort

The best way to check if you’re dealing with a reputable vinyl installer, is to request a portfolio of their previous installations and references.

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