If you are searching for a low-maintenance and affordable floor, vinyl flooring is great. Homeowners have been using vinyl flooring solutions for ages, and the technology has evolved and improved vinyl design and manufacturing.
Unfortunately, some people are reluctant to install it because of the myths being peddled about the material. Luckily for you, we understand vinyl and can help debunk some myths doing rounds on the internet about vinyl flooring.
Vinyl Flooring is Toxic
This is false.
Many people often ask: ‘Is Vinyl flooring toxic?’ When the industry had low manufacturing standards, this might have been true. Vinyl flooring back then probably contained cadmium, VOCs, and lead. And given that vinyl is a petroleum-based material manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), it gives off gaseous VOCs.
Today, it’s easier to get safe and non-toxic vinyl flooring. The EPA has created high standards for products that need the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) certification. For safety certification, many brands and manufacturers have to submit their vinyl flooring solutions to the RFCI (Resilient Floor Covering Institute).
RFCI is a privately held and independent label that created FloorScore alongside Scientific Certification Systems. The creation of FloorScore was to ensure auditing and testing of vinyl flooring is unbiased.
To ensure your vinyl flooring is safe for your family, get vinyl flooring that’s FloorScore Certified and made in the USA.
All Vinyl Flooring is the Same
This could not be farther from the truth. Technology advances in the industry have allowed the creation of different types of vinyl flooring to meet different needs, including peel and stick, waterproof, and sheet vinyl. While the options are great, they can be confusing for a newbie. To learn more about these options, here’s a quick breakdown.
- SPC vinyl – it’s also known as Rigid Core Luxury vinyl flooring. SPC vinyl is designed with a dense and waterproof stone-plastic composite core and is perfect for commercial and residential use.
- WPC vinyl – this type of vinyl flooring is waterproof and has a wood-plastic composite core. Given the soft underfoot, WPC vinyl is perfect for residential use.
- LVF vinyl – Luxury vinyl flooring is a general term that accommodates SPC and WPC vinyl. Some LVF floorings aren’t waterproof, but they excel in the quality of their visuals. They can have a locking installation or glued-down.
In terms of structure, vinyl flooring comes in different forms: tiles, rolls/sheets, and planks. Vinyl planks achieve a beautiful wood-look finish, while vinyl flooring provides a stone look. Of the three, sheet vinyl provides the widest range of designs and decorations.
Vinyl Flooring is Hard to Install
Vinyl flooring installation is easy. The type of installation depends on the vinyl flooring you are working with. Here are some installation options to know about:
- Tongue and groove installation – also known as a click-lock, a tongue, and groove installation is an easy method to install your vinyl flooring, and it doesn’t need adhesive
- Peel and stick installation – this is by far the easiest installation method. Simply peel the paper back to expose the adhesive and then firmly place the vinyl on your desired surface.
- Sheet vinyl installation – you can opt to loose lay vinyl sheets by rolling the vinyl out on a surface and cutting it to fit, or a firmer install by spreading glue over the surface before rolling out the vinyl.
Now that the myths have been debunked, you can proceed to shop for your desired vinyl flooring with confidence. And what better people to help than Adda Carpets & Flooring? We have a variety of vinyl flooring to match your vision, style, and budget for your office or home. We source from the best manufacturers to ensure quality and durability. We have professionals who’ll help you pick the best for your space.
If you need help, get in touch with our experts for a no-obligatory consultation. We’ll take you through the available options and share their pros and cons to help you choose the best for your needs.