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Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Right for You?

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Vinyl flooring has come a long way since it first made an impact on homes in the 1930’s. Thanks to a number of advances over the years, the latest evolution features versatile designs that are water and stain resistant, incredibly durable and affordable.

To help you decide whether vinyl is right for you, we’ve put together an expert guide to one of our most popular flooring options:

Pros of Vinyl Flooring

There are a number of advantages to installing luxury vinyl:

  • Low maintenance. Fewer flooring options are as easy to care for as vinyl. All it takes is a quick sweep followed by a damp mop. Too easy!
  • Durable. A well-installed and properly maintained vinyl floor can last well over 20 years.
  • Stain resistant. Vinyl flooring is designed with a clear wear layer, which acts as a surface barrier, protecting your floor from stains and spills.
  • Water-resistant. Almost impervious to water penetration, vinyl flooring is a great option for wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens or laundries.
  • Comfort underfoot. Vinyl doesn’t get cold in winter and generally provides a softer surface than timber or tiles.
  • Great value. Luxury vinyl is an affordable flooring option that will give you a luxe look for less.
  • Versatility of design. Available in a huge assortment of colours and styles, including some that look like stone tiles or timber planks, vinyl flooring suits any space.

Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Although vinyl flooring is incredibly versatile and low maintenance, there are few drawbacks that are worth considering:

  • Difficulty to repair. While luxury vinyl is durable, it can be prone to gouges by sharp objects. Unfortunately it also cannot be refinished, so when it’s damaged, it needs to be removed and replaced. This means it’s important to avoid dragging heavy furniture across it. Large dogs with long nails may also not be a great match with vinyl!
  • Sub-floor needs to be smooth and flat. When installing vinyl, you need to work with a flat sub-floor. Surfaces that aren’t completely level, or have small bumps can cause visible lumps to appear in the surface of your flooring.
  • Susceptibility to yellowing. In the past, vinyl would often discolour with age. This isn’t the case with our luxury vinyl range, which has been designed with the latest technology developments to ensure it is resistant to yellowing.

Get The Look

Overwhelmed by the number of luxury vinyl options that are available? To help get you started, check out three of our most popular designs:

  • Create the look of sophisticated, dark timber floors with Genero Mutli- Drifted Oak.
  • Channel a Scandi vibe, with Genero Multi-Lay Wide Board in Sandpaper Oak.
  • For an effortless, contemporary style consider the Genero Design Plus in Aged Terrace Oak.

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