Durable and easy to maintain, this practical, affordable floor covering is continually improving in looks and performance.
We love the historic appeal of floors covered with wood, stone, or ceramic. But let's face it: These materials can be high in cost, low in comfort, and often require more care than we have time or energy for. That's why the smart money is often on vinyl. This durable flooring shrugs off street grit, pointy heels, and sloppy spills while providing a slip-resistant and often cushiony footing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. No wonder you find vinyl in almost every Irish home—usually in kitchens, baths, and entryways.
Popularised in the mid 20th century, vinyl flooring is still evolving. It's more durable—many companies offer lifetime warranties—and can be installed faster than earlier versions. Patterns and textures convincingly mimic their old-school competitors or boldly go in a more modern direction. And in response to health concerns, some flooring is now certified to meet strict standards for indoor air quality. When a flooring is this versatile and has so many looks, who needs a historic pedigree?
DIY or hire a pro?
Best to let a pro lay vinyl sheet flooring for that professional finish.
How long will it last?
Warranties on vinyl flooring run from five years to as long as you own the house.
How much care does it need?
Vacuum regularly and mop with soapy water to remove grime and keep colors bright. Do not use abrasives, bleach, or ammonia. Wipe up spills to prevent stains.
Where to buy it?
Look no futher then Professional Flooring.
Is It Healthy?
A chief selling point of vinyl flooring is that it's easy to clean, an obvious health benefit. In addition, some manufacturers top their products with antimicrobial coatings or embed wear layers with particles of silver, a potent germ killer.
Where to Use It: Kitchens
From the start, cooking spaces have been the favorite place to put vinyl because it doesn't mind messy spills, dropped pots, or frequent cleaning.
Where to Use It: Kid's Rooms
Vinyl is a thrifty, fun way to dress up play areas and bedrooms. And crayon scribbles wipe away easily.
Where to Use It: Bathrooms
Seamless sheets offer the best protection from splashes. Vinyl does become slippery when wet, so make sure a bath mat is in place before stepping out of a tub.
Where to Use It: Utility Rooms
Vinyl flooring can bear the brunt of all the dirt, snow—and, yes, muck—tracked into mudrooms, or the detergent and water spills in laundry areas.