Vinyl flooring has increased in popularity over the last few years, and there is no doubt as to why this is. Compared to alternative flooring solutions, vinyl flooring is low-cost, effortless to install and is easily maintained in both residential and commercial applications.
Vinyl Flooring VS. Carpet
When it comes to flooring in areas that see high foot traffic, vinyl flooring is definitely the solution as it is more durable than carpeting, is not affected by tracking spectrum, marks or telegraphing. This means that you are able to maintain an immaculate, long lasting appearance with more dimensional stability.
A particularly important factor for public areas or in homes, particularly with young children is hygiene. Carpets tend to retain moisture in high humidity conditions which can cause bad smells and trap bacteria and fungus. Carpets also don’t allow for welding, whereas vinyl flooring allows for hot welding with no joints. Once installed, this flooring creates a watertight system, preventing dirt from seeping in as well as being moisture resistant, with an antibacterial efficacy range that meets ISO 22196 standards and inhibits growth by up to 99.9%.
It is important the remember that the implementation of an effective cleaning method is the best defense against infection.
Further, carpet maintenance is difficult and expensive due to the maintenance protocol as well as replacement costs being more likely to occur. Vinyl flooring is much easier to clean, is stain and physical resistant, which makes the maintenance low cost.
Carpets also present various safety hazards due to fire sensitivity and are not certified against toxicity. All our vinyl products are certified according to international BS/EN/ASTM standards, as well as being BS 6853:1999 toxicity tested and approved.
Vinyl flooring VS. Ceramic
While ceramic flooring has numerous benefits for various applications, it can provide a cold feeling, that is hard to the touch, presents potential slip hazards and can be noisy.
Vinyl flooring tends to be more warm and soft on contact, with a low acoustic level and good adherence. Particularly in the case of retail or hospitality, hygiene can become a concern with moisture and bad smells in high humidity environments, as well as the possibility of tile deformations, cracking and lifting. Ceramic can also be more difficult to clean, is more susceptible to breakage and requires sealing grout maintenance.
Our entire range of Gerflor products boast easy to clean, low-cost maintenance, stain and physical resistant features as well as being hygienic, with watertight and antibacterial features.
Installation of ceramic tiles can be difficult to do yourself, as it is a lot more time consuming and costly as well as the dust and dirt that appears during an installation. On the other end of the spectrum, vinyl flooring is much easier to install, is low cost when compared to other flooring solutions and you can do it yourself!
Vinyl is definitely the way to go when you want to be an environmental warrior. During the manufacturing process ceramics have a high energy consuming process and release VOC emissions from the glue and service treatment, whereas Vinyl is made from environment-friendly raw material, has a high recycling rate, low VOC emissions and low life cycle costs.
If you have a ceramic floor that you want to replace with vinyl you can install the vinyl over the ceramic as it makes the perfect sub-floor.
Vinyl VS. Laminate
While vinyl and laminate may seem like similar products, they are actually very different. In high humidity conditions, laminate flooring can retain moisture and lead to bad smells as well as deformations.
Laminate flooring can also be difficult to clean, may get irreversible marks and is a scratch risk, which cannot be polished. As well as being fire sensitive and flammable, the installation of laminate flooring can be difficult to do by yourself, is time-consuming and costly to install as well as the dust and dirt factor during installation.
Laminate also emits VOC emissions from the glue and surface treatment and is non-recyclable.
When you are looking for a flooring solution that will withstand high traffic and other extreme environmental factors, go with Gerflor! Our expert sales team are always happy to help if you need some assistance in choosing the perfect flooring solution for your application.