Vinyl floor covering has become one of the most popular and versatile choices for kitchens and with very good reason. The progress made in the manufacture of vinyl floor coverings has provided a vast improvement in quality, style and durability with a range of options available to suit all needs.
The modern face of vinyl
In the minds of many people, vinyl flooring used to equal cheap. Historically vinyl was a natural successor to the outdated lino that used to be so common in hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. Limited in style and colour and with an unmistakably artificial appearance, in its early days vinyl coverings filled a niche for cheap floor coverings in areas that were considered unsuitable for carpet.
The new generation of vinyl floor coverings has moved way beyond the limitations of the early days and now offers features that make it a winning choice. Here are five reasons to support that statement:
Kitchen floors are subjected to wear greater than almost any other imaginable domestic environment. Apart from human traffic including active children, there may be pets passing through. Given the modern adage that the kitchen is ‘The heart of the home’ high levels of use and consequently high levels of wear can be expected. Add to that the usual spillages of hot and cold liquids, sauces, other foodstuffs, cleaning products and other abuses it is clear that a kitchen floor needs to be durable.
Vinyl floor covering is available in a highly durable form, featuring several layers in its composition; these include wear and protective layers that are in addition to the pattern and backing layers. So long as spills and dirt are cleaned off quickly all should be well.
Vinyl comes in a vast number of patterns, colours and finishes. From solid colours with little pattern to more complex designs, and stone, marble and wood patterns, vinyl is available in all of them. And there are three common forms in which vinyl is available: roll, tiles and even planks. There are options that offer a more hard-wearing surface than others, or a harder or softer backing.
Vinyl can approximate the beauty and characteristics of other materials without the higher costs. This makes vinyl a cost-effective choice without compromising on quality and appeal.
Vinyl does not need to be regularly stained, varnished or treated in any way, making it a low-maintenance option. Apart from some basic day-to-day cleaning there is no costly time-consuming maintenance routine to be followed.
Ease of replacement
Vinyl can be extremely easy to replace, especially if the format in which it comes is tiles. Single or multiple tiles can be replaced as necessary. Other formats can also be easier to replace than, for example, a wooden floor. Vinyl can be laid on existing surfaces whilst wood often needs to be expertly fitted and fastened. If for no other reason than it costs less to initially lay vinyl flooring is cheaper to replace than other materials.