Yes, wood flooring may look wonderful, but if your budget is limited then it is worth considering laying vinyl plank flooring instead. As well as providing you with some great savings this type of flooring is much easier to install and is far easier to maintain.
So what are the other advantages and disadvantages associated with the installing of this type of flooring in your home? Below we take a look at some of these.
Advantages to Laying Vinyl Plank Flooring
As mentioned above the cost of laying this type of flooring over solid wood flooring is much less. You will find that the cost of laying this type of flooring is half the price. As well as the actual flooring costing less than solid wood flooring you are also saving on the cost to install it. In most cases with this type of flooring, you will be able to lay it yourself. However, when it comes to solid wood flooring then you will need to employ an experienced contractor to complete the work.
When it comes to the installation of this type of flooring type does not need to be spent on removing the trimmings or doors around the room before it can be laid. To lay it you just need to make sure that the subfloor on which it is to be laid is even. Plus should you be laying it directly onto a concrete floor make sure that it is sealed first as this will help to prevent moisture from getting into the flooring once laid? Then just roll out the flooring and cut to the room’s size using a utility knife.
The other advantage to laying this type of flooring instead of conventional wood flooring is that it is so much easier to maintain. When it comes to this type of flooring all that you need to do is just sweep or vacuum it regularly to remove any dirt or debris from the surface. Then mix some all-purpose cleaner in a bucket with some warm water before wiping the surface over with a mop. Make sure that the mop you use is wrung out properly so that it is damp rather than sopping wet.
Disadvantages to Laying Vinyl Plank Flooring
There is only one disadvantage that comes to mind when it comes to laying this kind of flooring in your home. Unlike solid wooden floors, this type of flooring may not last as long and cannot be refinished once it has been laid. Generally, if you do look after vinyl plank flooring well it can last for between 5 and 8 years, so providing you enough time to save the money to then have a real wooden floor laid in the future.