Pros and Cons of Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is a practical and versatile option that many homeowners have embraced in recent years. It comes in a variety of styles, including vinyl planks, sheets, and luxury vinyl tile, to give your home the perfect look while. As with any flooring investment, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of vinyl flooring before selecting your new floor. We’ve broken down the pros and cons in this guide to help you decide if vinyl flooring is the right choice for your space.


Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring comes with many advantages that make it a prime choice for more and more homeowners. From its low cost to its many design options, vinyl can bring a wide variety of benefits to your home.


Vinyl flooring is very versatile and available in a variety of colors and styles. To that point, more and more homeowners are able to find vinyl patterns and designs that fit their personal design style due to the realistic visuals that mimic wood and stone.

Legacy Adura® Max 12×24 Vinyl Tile in White with Gray


Possibly the number one benefit of vinyl flooring is its impressive durability. It stands up to heavy foot traffic and helps reduce noise, making vinyl an ideal choice for even the toughest family lifestyle, whether you have pets and/or children. Additionally, vinyl provides a comfort for your feet that doesn’t always come with other, harder floor materials like hardwood and tile.

Another advantage to vinyl is its resistance to water, mildew, and stains. Liquid stays on the floor surface and can easily be wiped away, so spills on your vinyl floors are never a big problem to clean up.

Easy to Clean

Using a vacuum or a dry mop on your vinyl floor will remove dust, hair, and even dirt. Then you’re ready to move onto a wet mop with a cleaning solution. There are many cleaning solutions available for vinyl flooring, so if you’re not sure of what the best one to use is, ask one of our helpful design experts. If you’d rather go the natural route, check out our other blog to follow more easy cleaning steps.

COREtec Stone 12×24 Vinyl Tile in Sahni Polished


Vinyl flooring is known for its low cost, especially when compared to other flooring options like hardwood or tile. With vinyl, you can get the look you want for a fraction of the price! Also, if you’re a DIY person, vinyl flooring is also so easy to install, allowing you to save on professional installation costs if you would prefer to set it up yourself.


Public House 7 1/8″ Vinyl Plank in Whiskey Sour


Things to Consider When Choosing Vinyl Flooring

With all the great things we’ve just shared with you about vinyl floors, they do have a few disadvantages that should be taken into account before jumping into installation. Here are a few things to consider to make sure that vinyl is the right material for your next project.


Subfloor Requirements

It is recommended that the subfloor of any vinyl floor installation be as perfectly smooth and flat as possible. Vinyl is considered a “soft” flooring material, which means that it will show any imperfections in the subfloor. Additionally, any particles (large or small) that may get under the floor during installation will potentially cause lumps in the surface and over time can wear down the material itself causing tears and rips in the product.


Heavy Loads

Once again due to the “soft” material, vinyl flooring doesn’t always stand up well to heavy loads, and it can be damaged by sharp objects. It’s important to consider the furniture and activities that will be taking place in a room where you’d like to install vinyl flooring to make sure it can withstand the environment.


Exposure to Sunlight

Homeowners installing vinyl floors should be careful about the vinyl’s exposure to direct sunlight. Over time, excessive exposure to direct sunlight can fade the color of vinyl floors, so keep that in mind when deciding if it’s right for the room you’re remodeling. You may also want to consider installing new window treatments to protect your vinyl floors in particularly sunny rooms.


Ultimately, when choosing flooring, you can rest assured that vinyl’s performance is built to withstand the busiest lifestyle. Vinyl flooring is practical, easy to maintain, affordable and meant to last a long time in your home. So, make sure you come to visit one of our locations to see the durable material in person, it’ll be worth the trip!

At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

If you have any questions, please email us.