A versatile flooring option
Vinyl flooring is a cheap and easy-to-install option for those looking to install new flooring in their homes. It can be installed in any room (although it is most often found in kitchens and bathrooms), making it one of the most versatile flooring options available.
It should be noted that vinyl flooring is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a material some have begun referring to as the "poison plastic." People concerned with using environmentally-friendly products and the off-gassing of chemicals in the home generally choose to stay as far away from vinyl flooring as possible.
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Vinyl Flooring: The Good
- Even those unfamiliar with flooring can install vinyl quickly and easily. Most tiles have peel-off backings that reveal a sticky surface. They can be installed over most existing floors and are easily cut to size.
Hundreds of styles, from faux tile to realistic stone, make vinyl a possibility in every room. But unlike the materials vinyl imitates, this floor is soft on the feet.
Vinyl floors are very easy to clean and care for. The tiles are wear resistant. They're also good in places where moisture will be present, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Vinyl floors will last up to 15 years.
Vinyl Flooring: The Bad
- Vinyl flooring is not environmentally friendly. During the manufacturing process, environmental poisons such as dioxin and vinyl chloride are produced.
The material has a petroleum base, meaning it's non-renewable and non-biodegradable. It must be burned at extremely high temperatures to avoid releasing dioxins.
Years after a vinyl floor is installed, it emits potentially harmful chemicals into the air. Some researchers have been looking into a link between plasticizers used in the flooring and childhood asthma.