Flooring has been held as a permanent fixture that would last for 20 to 30 years and unlike loose furniture which can easily be changed with time removing existing finishes and retiling the floor is onerous and disruptive exercise.
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This holds true for granite, marble stone, parquet, ceramic tiles, however vinyl tiles is set to disrupt this long-held notion.
Contemporary ideas are you may not want the same old flooring that lasted 20 years after which a major renovation on the 20th year onwards may view the dated tile incompatible with the desired decor. If we take a look at the floor as being part of the overall design and trend, it does make sense to have vinyl as the basic floor covering which you could easily switch to something else to go with the current interior design trend at a minimal cost.
Here are noteworthy credentials of vinyl tiles.
Suitable for various home use
- The quality of vinyl have improved over the years due to the improvement in manufacturing technology. It is suitable for medium traffic within the home environment. Vinyl flooring is a perfect choice for areas that are prone to spills and moisture such as kitchens, laundry rooms with the latest being used in toilets.
Quality Vinyl can now be used in the kitchen, toilets without the problem of pooping up or tile separation.
Vinyl flooring is durable as it is easy to clean and maintain. It is resistant to water and moisture as compared to other types of flooring. However, as with other stone floorings, it will be dented with the heavy objects rolling across it or chipped by sharp objects.
The advantage of it is that only a small strip needs to be taken out and replaced (clean work) rather engaging network contractor to hack out the damaged piece and relay the chipped tiles which can be quite messy.
Vinyl now being used in home toilets
Vinyl sheet flooring is resistant to water and moisture as compared to any other types of flooring. Basically, there are no joints that allow water to seep in and damage the sub-floor.
Installation if clean and fast
Vinyl tile laying is quick and clean
Which makes it an ideal flooring for overlaying existing for finishes if you are tire of the look. Laying vinyl tiles for a new home can be quick and clean as long as the floor substrate is level and without dents with dirt. A 4 room BTO flat can take around 1 to 1.5 days to complete while a 5 room BTO around 2 days thus allowing the renovation to be completed faster.
One of the key advantages is vinyl can be overlaid on any stone flooring without the need to remove existing flooring, thereby making it a viable option for many homeowners with a budget constraint.
Easy to Clean
Vinyl floors need a little bit more TLC than your daily routine, once you finish sweeping and vacuuming up dust, you can get out your trusty tile mop and bucket to finish the job.
If floor has stubborn stains look up exactly what cleaning products your manufacturer suggests to use so you get the most out of your vinyl plank floors.
First, a note on Steam Cleaning:
AVOID steam cleaning vinyl plank flooring. Your LVP is built tough, and while the PVC material is waterproof – it’s not meant to withstand steam.
If nothing specific is mentioned, here’s a safe way to clean and protect your floors:
For weekly vinyl floor cleanings, all you need to do is add a bit of warm water and plain ol’ dish soap to a bucket and mop away. For those days where your floor needs just a little more of a pick me up, add a bit of white vinegar to your soap and water solution to get that sparkle back.
After mopping with your desired mix, be sure to go back over your floors with a clean wet mop to get all of the extra soap and vinegar goodness off of your planks.
Since you probably ditched your old mop in the move, here are some tips on choosing a mop to use on your vinyl plank floors:
Just be sure to avoid flipping the mop over to use the abrasive scrubber.
Vinyl flooring is lightweight as compared to other types of flooring and hence will add to the floor loading which is an ideal material to overlay over existing finishes.
It requires very little maintenance. You just need to sweep regularly and use a damp mop to keep your floors sparkling.
Colours can fade with long exposure direct sunlight and will buckle with extreme temperatures all of which can be prevented by using curtains or blinds to shield it from direct sun.
Improper preparation of the subfloor leads to the uneven installation of vinyl flooring. This allows moisture to penetrate causing it to lift and warp. , any damage to PVC flooring will get easily reflected. Therefore a perfectly levelled, a smooth subfloor is a must for well-installed vinyl flooring.
Can easily last up to 10-15 years, some quality manufacturers offers up to 25 years but you would need to pay more, our opinion is that 10-15 years is good enough which will allow your to change the overall look of the house if you are tired of it.
Looks of wood, stone and ceramic tiles
The advent of colours and pattern that mimic real feel wood, stone and uncertain brands ceramic tiles does offers a wide variety for selection. Do your homework online before you head out to any supplier to make sure he carries the brand that offers the “look” that you want as smaller suppliers do have limitation in the range they carry.
Vinyl Planks Flooring: 100 to 200 mm width and 900 to 1200mm length
Thickness: The standard thickness of vinyl flooring shall be 3mm to 5.0 mm, go for the 5mm thickness for quality assurance.
Vinyl flooring can save you big money for other renovation items
The major advantage of vinyl flooring is that they are inexpensive compared to other types of stone flooring. In the Singapore context, it is offered from S$ 2.8 to 3.8 per square feet depending on the quality and thickness of the vinyl. I would strongly recommend going for the 5mm thickness as it is much more hardy to wear and tear. I recommend this type of flooring for young couples with budget constraint where the saving will go a long way in buying better furniture and interior fittings.
Let’s know your thoughts on vinyl flooring if you would like or still prefer to use the stone material for your flooring