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The Top 8 Vinyl Plank Flooring Questions; Answered
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 1:13 PM
Should I put Vinyl Plank Flooring in My Lancaster, PA Home?
We get it. The flooring options are endless. How do you know which one is right for your home? You want something classy and timeless, but durable and easy to care for. Vinyl plank flooring seems to be the most popular, trendy choice right now. But is it really right for you? Is it durable or will it need to be replaced in two years? Is it easy to clean or does it take special products? How high maintenance is it? If you’re weighing the pros and cons, here are some of the top things you should be asking before taking the plunge.
1. What room is this for?
While vinyl plank flooring could be suitable for any room, consider how you want the room to feel. Do you want a cozy feel or a timeless look? If it’s a high-traffic room, vinyl plank flooring will work well since it's durable, scratch resistant, and waterproof. Vinyl plank flooring is easier to keep clean than carpet is, but carpet will lend itself to a warmer, cozier feel. If you want the best of both worlds, consider vinyl plank flooring topped with a rug. Cozy, yet easier to clean than carpet! Check out this blog post on picking flooring for your room.
2. How would I clean it?
Vinyl plank flooring can be kept very clean with minimal effort. Because it is durable and water-resistant, most mop and vacuum types will be safe and effective to use on it. One cheap and effective cleaner is a cup of apple cider or white vinegar in a gallon of hot water. Or, you can also simply add a little bit of dish soap to your water and mop like usual. Vinyl planks are very durable and waterproof so as long as you’re not soaking your floors, they are easy to clean and last for years!
3. What would it do to my property value?
If you're weighing whether to install hardwood because of its value, you don’t need to worry any longer. While it is true that hardwood flooring adds the most value to your home, vinyl plank flooring also adds a lot of value. Buyers appreciate the aesthetics and feel of these durable floors. This is what buyers really care about at the end of the day. So yes, installing new vinyl flooring in your home will raise your property value.
4. What are some of the downsides?
Vinyl plank flooring is one of the most resilient flooring solutions out there. But no flooring is absolutely perfect. With a little maintenance like putting a rug inside the door to protect that high-traffic area, and wiping up spills instead of letting them sit for long periods of time, your flooring should last you for up to 20 years. Problems like buckling and crumbling edges are usually a result of incorrect installation. We have an expert team of flooring installers here at Flor Haus who would love to install your new vinyl plank and you can rest easy knowing that your flooring is installed correctly.
5. Is vinyl plank flooring better than laminate?
What's the difference between vinyl plank flooring and laminate? Which one is better? This topic has garnered much discussion in the last few years. Here are some things to consider.
6. How hard is it to install?
Vinyl plank flooring may be one of the easiest flooring solutions to install. If you decide to go this route, Flor Haus is happy to give you helpful tips and information, plus you can even rent the installation tools from us! However, Flor Haus has an experienced team of professionals that will treat you with respect and can install your new vinyl plank flooring expertly so you can enjoy your new floors without the stress of figuring out the installation! They are highly trained, and you can rest assured knowing your new flooring was installed correctly.
7. Is vinyl plank flooring actually waterproof?
Yes, and for this reason, vinyl plank flooring is incredibly popular! It is the perfect flooring solution for busy households, basements, bathrooms, and even kitchens. This waterproof feature sets vinyl plank flooring apart from laminate and hardwood options. But just because vinyl flooring is waterproof, doesn't mean it will survive flooding. Don’t leave big puddles of water lingering on your brand-new flooring for days.
8. What colors are available?
There are hundreds of options and styles! We stock thousands of square feet of vinyl planks so whether you want neutral or bold colors, warm or cool tones, coastal or woodsy feel you can be sure you’ll find the perfect flooring. With vinyl planks from some of the most popular flooring brands (think Mohawk, Armstrong, etc.) you’ll find the perfect color flooring that will match every room in your home. Check out this blog post on choosing colors for your home.
- Vinyl is a better choice when you need water resistance, lifespan, and durability in your flooring.
- Vinyl is the winner as the best flooring option for pets. Laminate is slippery and may become very loud under the "click-click" of large pet toenails.
- Vinyl floors can be wet mopped, while laminate flooring should only be mopped with a mop that's almost dry.