pros and cons of vinyl plank floors

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Floors – A Buying Guide

Vinyl plank floors are an easy, affordable way to update any room in your home or business. As with any flooring product, there are pros and cons when it comes to vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank flooring is different from traditional vinyl flooring, as these planks are often around 36” x 6”. With planks this size, you are able to recreate a beautiful wood look for well below the cost of hardwood flooring. Keep scrolling to learn more about the pros and cons of vinyl plank floors!

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Plank Floors

Pros

Cons

100% WaterproofDifficult to remove if glued down
Commercial Grade Wear LayerCan be punctured with very sharp objects
Fiberglass ReinforcedDoes not have an authentic wood feel
Anti-staticNot biodegradable
Install over most subfloors 
DIY installation 
Natural wood look 
Low maintenance 
Affordable 

Do The Pros Outweigh The Cons?

The pros of owning vinyl plank flooring are numerous. The DIY enthusiast will embrace vinyl plank flooring, as the project is fairly simple. There is not a need for any expensive tools or expensive adhesives when it comes to installing vinyl plank flooring. Once you install vinyl plank flooring, you can walk on your newly installed floor. There is no glue to dry or settling to occur. There is glue down vinyl flooring available if you are looking for superior durability and moisture resistance.

Vinyl plank flooring offers the look of real wood, yet offers quiet and resilience that hardwood does not offer. Noise absorption is very noticeable when it comes to vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank flooring is also water resistant, and often water proof. For the household that experiences the occasional spill, vinyl plank flooring offers a win-win situation. Vinyl plank flooring will withstand the spills that traditional hardwood flooring will not.

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Additionally, vinyl plank flooring offers so many different styles to choose from! The majority of vinyl plank flooring is a wood-look floor. However, like the flooring in the photo above, there are several stone looks as well!

But There Are Still Cons…

With every flooring, there will be things that are less desirable. The cons of vinyl plank flooring include the fact that the vinyl planks can dent under pressure. High traffic areas can show wear and scratches over time. Unlike real hardwood, vinyl plank flooring cannot be refinished. As with any type of vinyl, vinyl plank flooring can also rip under harsh pressure. For the consumer wanting the feel of hardwood under the foot, vinyl plank floors will feel like vinyl, not real hardwood, since there is no wood product in vinyl flooring.

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Is Vinyl Flooring For Me?

That is for you to decide! For the consumer searching for an affordable, stunning looking floor; vinyl plank flooring offers a nice solution. It is also of the utmost importance that the instructions are followed when it comes to installing vinyl plank flooring. Most companies will not honor warranty requests when the flooring is not installed properly. If you are not a DIY project person, you may want to hire a professional to install your vinyl plank flooring. For the DIY project lover, vinyl plank flooring should be an easy project.

Vinyl plank flooring can be a good choice for the consumer searching for an affordable, durable floor that will look nice and withstand the wear and tear that can be tossed its way. As with any flooring purchase, educate yourself and know your limitations when it comes to the installation process. Know the pros and cons of vinyl plank floors before you install and you will appreciate the value of your new floor.

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Have you installed vinyl plank flooring? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


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11 comments

  1. Hi Afton! Yes, Vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof and can withstand juice and soda spills. If you have any questions along the way about choosing a vinyl for your home or installation, please let us know. Browse and Chat here!

  2. You caught my attention as soon as you stated that vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof. Liquid stains from things like juice or soda have been my biggest problems when cleaning up the house, and since these happen very often, I would like to find a material that can withstand these stains regularly. With that in mind, I’ll start looking for any vinyl flooring contractors in the area that can help me install some properly.

  3. Hi Vickie, thanks for the question. The top coating is different on a vinyl than a hardwood, so it makes it look matte. Glossy floors can also lead to more maintenance with foot prints and dirt, so that may also be why they are not as popular.

  4. Hi Brit, thanks for the question. Usually vinyl is pretty low-sound. A level floor will make a huge difference in noise reduction. If your subfloor is not level, then the planks will move into the low spots, which can cause noise when walking on it.

  5. Why does most of the LVT flooring come in a mat finish? I want it to look glossy like REAL hardwood flooring! I can only find a few offerings in glossy. Is there a reason for this? If it’s less desirable, why?

  6. Do luxury vinyl planks generally make noise when stepped on? Or does it depend on how level your floor is?

  7. Hi Lori, yes these can potentially dent and scratch your vinyl. You will want to put mats under your rollers and pads under any legs or sharp corners of your furniture.

  8. We have rolling chairs as our dining room table and chairs. Our living room furniture has motorized lifts and are very heavy. I worry that these two things will damage vinyl planks. Am I right or wrong?

  9. Awesome Dean!

  10. My wife and I both work full time, so it is difficult for us to maintain our home. It’s refreshing to see in your article that vinyl would be a low-maintenance choice for flooring. We will take these pros into consideration as we look for the perfect floor.

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