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The Pros and Cons of Living Room Vinyl

As vinyl flooring has become progressively more popular over the past century, we can assume it’s down to vinyl’s many benefits, such as its durability and versatility, although it does come with its own disadvantages. 

While vinyl flooring brings a resistant option that’s also one of the cheapest, it does come with its own drawbacks as well. You should always weigh the pros and cons before purchasing a product that will make your home come together. We’re going to look into if vinyl flooring is the best option, or even just suitable, for your living room.


The Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your home is so important because it is the first thing that people will see when they enter a room without even realising it, and it also brings a whole room together and gives your home its visual identity for everyone who visits. 

We believe that vinyl flooring should be beautiful while remaining functional and affordable. Since vinyl is such a great option for flooring for any room, it’s a solid middle ground that you could floor your entire house with – but that doesn’t make it the best for each individual room.

Easipay Carpets Circular Vinyl Flooring in kitchen Image

Great Durability

Depending on how well you take care of your vinyl flooring, it can last between ten and twenty years if you keep it in good shape and maintain it properly. Because of its firm top layer, the vinyl material is sturdy enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and is capable of resisting water and light scratches. 

This resistance to foot traffic and moisture makes it suitable for living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Although being suited to a room doesn’t make it the best option for that room. You can install vinyl flooring in these rooms and you’ll have very little issues with it. 

Easy To Install

Whenever you plan to lay vinyl, you will need to ensure that the ground where you plan to lay the vinyl is completely dry and fairly level. The spongy surface on the underside of vinyl planks and tiles can cover some of the highs and lows of concrete for example, or slight ridges in floor boards but for large issues, vinyl can’t mask this.

Vinyl is a relatively easy material to install as long as you follow a few simple steps. Typically you’ll want to lay planks or boards in the direction of the longest walls – this will elongate the room and look more attractive. If you need help though, we have expert fitters and you can even buy the vinyl from us for £10 per week with our Easipay Pay Weekly Flooring Plans. 

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Easy Peasy Maintenance

Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest floors to keep in good condition, but this does not mean that you can disregard it because it’s just a simple clean up. You can cause scratches and damage to the vinyl flooring if you leave dirt and grit on the floor. To avoid this, you can use a damp mop to clean it, or a simple vacuum for dry dirt and every day dust and hairs that might accumulate there.

Attractive Appearance

There is a huge catalogue of design options for vinyl flooring, which means there is something to suit everyone’s taste. One of the biggest advantages of vinyl flooring is that it can be replicated to look like wood, stone or simply a patterned appearance which means that you are going to be able to find something for everyone. 

This means you can get that elegant stone appearance or stylish wooden look for a lower price yet maintain good durability.

Water Resistance

Whenever there is moisture present in a room, such as in the bathroom or laundry room, vinyl flooring is a great material to use as it is water-proof. Where laminate can swell at the joints, vinyl resists spillages even further. 

The Drawbacks and Disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

Although vinyl is an undeniable flooring material with some excellent properties, it has some disadvantages of its own as well. Among the disadvantages of vinyl, there are a few that cannot be ignored.

Resistant, But Can Still Be Damaged

Due to its inability to withstand heavy loads and the fact that it can be damaged by sharp objects, the main issue with this material is that it does not have the strength of other materials like laminate wood. You may also need to purchase new flooring in the near future as it can also be a lot more difficult to repair than other materials if damaged.

However, as long as you treat your flooring right, it shouldn’t suffer damage like this. The surface is resistant, so light scraps are fine. Just be careful dragging heavy fridge freezers across it! 

Colours Can Fade

While this may sound bad, it is not as bad as you might think. The colour fade in vinyl flooring is due to direct sunlight exposure, which is why it is not recommended for outdoor or conservatory use due to extreme sunlight. In living rooms vinyl flooring should not fade unless one of your walls is entirely glass. 

Not Biodegradable

Since the material is made from plastic, it does not degrade very easily even after it is disposed of. The material is also not generally recyclable although by the time your flooring is old and worn things may have changed. Disposing of vinyl flooring currently however generally means sending it to landfill if it can’t be upcycled. 

In Conclusion - Is Vinyl Flooring Suitable For Living Rooms?

Vinyl flooring is perfectly fine for a living room. It’s the best option to have there when you have small children or pets that are prone to causing spills and would threaten stains upon a carpet. 

But when there isn’t a high chance of spill damage which would easily be cleaned on vinyl, we’d actually prefer carpet flooring for the living room. 

When you come home from a long day at work, the living room is your space to unwind. Carpets create a cosier space than vinyl. It’s warmer to walk across but also makes the room warmer – the air trapped in carpet’s fibres creates a pocket of air the same way loft insulation works. It means generally, the room will be warmer with carpet than it would with vinyl or laminate flooring. Carpet has a whole bank of other great properties which you can read about here, but our final verdict is:

  • For homes with pets and small children, install vinyl in the living room.
  • For homes without pets and small children, carpet creates a warmer, more relaxing space. 

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In a nut shell, our plans let you pick whichever flooring type you’d like, such as carpet, vinyl or laminate, which we have wide ranges of options in each to choose from. With carpet and laminate, you get free underlay. With each flooring type we’ll include everything we need to fit it for free too, such as under door trims and carpet grippers. 

We don’t charge interest, we don’t perform any credit checks and there’s no hidden fees. The cost of the flooring is all you pay, whether it takes you 6 days, 6 weeks or 6 months – the overall amount stays the same, and prices start from £10 per week! Tap the button below to learn more!

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