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Basement Vinyl Flooring

Resilient,
affordable, and easy to install, it’s no wonder this flooring option is so
popular. Vinyl flooring is essentially made of plastic and comes in sheets,
tiles, and planks. Sheets are up to 12 feet wide while tiles consist of
individual 12- or 18-inch squares. Like most materials, vinyl can vary in
quality. High-quality vinyl is thicker while lesser products depend on the
strength of the surface coating, or wear layer. Inlaid vinyl includes deep-set
patterns and designs.

The Advantages of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl tile is flexible, durable, and the material is waterproof. It’s
comfortable under foot and reduces noise. It’s also less expensive than many
other flooring options and it’s easy to maintain. You can find a vast array of
colors and patterns including a variety of lifelike wood grains. Vinyl planks,
because they come in long rectangles, have the appearance of a real hardwood
floor and, like vinyl tiles; the material is waterproof making it an excellent
choice for basements that are subject to periodic episodes of water seepage.

Disadvantages

Vinyl floors do not stand the test of time under heavy loads and can rip by
sharp objects. Colors can fade under direct sunlight and can become damaged by
extreme temperatures.

Resilient, affordable, and easy to install, it’s no wonder this flooring type is so popular. Vinyl flooring is essentially made of plastic and can come in different forms and design options. Here’s how to decide if it’s the right flooring choice for your basement.

Costs

The price of vinyl flooring varies depending on the quality of materials, size of the room, and the cost of installation. You can expect to pay $1-$5 per square foot, plus $1 or more per square foot for installation. Get a price quote for costs in your local area.

Pros

Vinyl tile is flexible, durable, and waterproof.

Comfortable under foot and reduces noise.

Less expensive than many other flooring options and easy to maintain.

Cons

Vinyl tile may be damaged by extreme temperatures.

Vinyl floors do not stand the test of time under heavy loads, and can be ripped by sharp objects.

Colors can fade under direct sunlight.

Durability

Certainly not the most durable basement flooring option, vinyl flooring can undergo some serious damage after a period of time in high-traffic areas. It can also rip and will most likely fade over time.

Maintenance

On the other hand, vinyl flooring is relatively simple to maintain and is, thankfully, waterproof. To keep the flooring clean, simply wash with soap and water.

Common Questions and Answers

How can vinyl flooring be purchased or installed?

Vinyl flooring comes in sheets, tiles, and planks. Sheets are up to 12 feet wide, while tiles consist of individual 12- or 18-inch squares. Get in touch with a local contractor for help wi

How do vinyl and linoleum compare when it comes to flooring material?

When it comes to durability and longevity, linoleum will last for 40-50 years, while vinyl may only last 10 to 20 years. Both materials have a plethora of design options, but linoleum generally costs more than vinyl.

History

Vinyl flooring made its debut in 1933 at Chicago Century of Progress Exposition, but didn’t become popular until after World War II when production began picking up.

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