Sometimes a type of flooring looks fantastic but has care requirements that you don’t think you can fulfill. Or, the care might be easy, but the flooring material isn’t suitable for the room in which you’re installing a new floor, like non-water-resistant laminate in a bathroom. There is an alternative now that would allow you to give almost any room the look you want it to have without running into issues involving water damage, stains, or care: vinyl.

Many people remember the vinyl sheets and square tiles used in apartment kitchens and bathrooms in the last century, but vinyl has come a long, long way. Now you can get flooring that looks like hardwood or stone but that is made of essentially the same stuff that you see in 1970s-era kitchens, a material that’s variously called luxury vinyl tile or resilient sheet flooring. Vinyl is tough and extremely easy to care for — and very affordable — creating an almost perfect combination.

Why Vinyl Over Other Flooring Types?

Price, care, speed of installation, and durability make vinyl flooring a winner. Want hardwood in the kitchen but are afraid that spilled water and food might ruin the wood? Get vinyl engineered to look like wood planks. Want stone tile in the entryway and bathroom but don’t have the time for the installation process, which can take a few days? Get vinyl tiles that look like stone. Want several different flooring types but have a strict budget? Look at vinyl, which is extremely affordable.

Resilient flooring lives up to its name. It’s solid but offers a bit of give when something impacts it, leading to less breakage; it’s also mostly scratch and stain resistant and doesn’t need waxing.

Vinyl Requires Easy Maintenance

Other than sweeping and the occasional mopping with a vinyl flooring cleaner, vinyl doesn’t need much care. The only real issues are that you shouldn’t use anything abrasive on the floor; while the vinyl is mostly scratch resistant, repeatedly running a scratchy cleaning pad or using an abrasive cleaner can remove the shine and possibly create a little damage. However, those vinyl flooring cleaners and soft cleaning cloths are widely available, allowing you to clean without worry.

Installation Does Require Hiring a Professional

Vinyl tile and sheeting have the reputation of being very easy to install in DIY projects, but for the best look, you want a professional to handle it. Vinyl can sometimes be installed on top of existing flooring, but it’s not always obvious to the untrained eye just when that simple installation is possible. If existing flooring is removed, the subfloor has to be tested for moisture, too.

Another issue with vinyl installation is that cutting the vinyl around corners and in narrow areas requires precision, and you might not have the tools to do that yourself. A professional installation ensures the tile is cut properly. It also allows you to have a warranty on the installation.

Reemsnyder Decorating has many different styles of vinyl available. No matter what look you want in your home, you can find a vinyl tile or sheet that fits the bill.