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Vinyl Flooring: Cost-Effective, Durable, and��� Stylish?

Today's vinyl flooring is a far cry from the linoleum in your grandmother's kitchen. Vinyl flooring now comes in a vast array of colors, patterns, and textures that can mimic nearly any material used for flooring.

Vinyl Flooring: Who Makes it and What Can You Expect to Pay?

Some of the more well-known vinyl flooring brands are Armstrong, Congoleum, Mannington, and Johnsonville. Always buy from a reputable manufacturer that provies a good warranty.

Costs vary widely. Budget vinyl can be purchased for as little as $1/sq. ft., but will be less durable than higher quality vinyl flooring. Higher quality vinyl flooring, best for high traffic zones, ranges from $2-$5 per square foot.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

While modern vinyl flooring is vastly superior to that of 30 years ago, it's not perfect. Advantages are:

  • Cost effectiveness: less expensive than wood, tile, or most other materials.
  • Easy installation: particularly in tile form. Sheets should be installed by a professional.
  • Low-maintenance: easy to clean, keeps its shine.
  • Comfort: it is resilient, easy to walk on.
  • Easily repaired: damaged areas can be easily replaced.

There are a few drawbacks to vinyl flooring, however. They are:

  • Vinyl will fade if subjected to strong sunlight.
  • Even the best vinyl will show wear in high traffic areas after five years or so.
  • Over time, bumps and holes may appear, and edges may curl.

The bottom line is that vinyl flooring can be an excellent choice for most applications. When you're tight on budget, vinyl provides you with an array of choices.