There are certain parts of Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee area where it would not be out of the ordinary to hear people talk about the wonders of vinyl. Usually “they” would be a group of hipsters talking about the superior sound quality a record player gives you, but in this case, it’s just the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey, who would love nothing more than to inform you about the wonders of vinyl hardwood flooring. Vinyl hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring materials on the market these days, thanks in large part to looking very similar (and in some cases almost identical) to regular hardwood flooring, while adding an additional helping of durability. But, much like that other kind of vinyl, there is still a bit of a debate over whether it is a better option than traditional hardwood flooring for your home or business.
Vinyl Flooring Is More Cost-Effective
It is true that vinyl flooring will never get to the point where it can easily pass for traditional hardwood flooring, but there are a lot of areas in which it completely dominates, hence its popularity. One of those areas is cost. Vinyl is one of the cheapest materials you can use for flooring, and while there are cheaper traditional materials, such as bamboo, it will be difficult to find something that beats vinyl. The lower end of the cost spectrum for something like sheet vinyl, which is one of the most common types available, is going to run you around $1.50 per square foot. But let’s face it, if you’re going to get something to replace traditional hardwood flooring, then you want something that is going to replicate the feel and look of traditional hardwood flooring more than just a plastic sheet rolled across your kitchen. Enter vinyl plank flooring. This is the luxury level we are talking about here, and even in plank form, it still only runs you about $2-$5 per square foot. Hardwood is at least $8 per square foot at the cheapest, and can cost as much as $25 per square foot.
Vinyl Flooring is More Versatile
One of the best things about vinyl plank flooring is that it can be made to visually represent just about any kind of style that appears in traditional hardwood flooring, and quite a few that cannot.
The design possibilities alone, coupled with the price, should be enough to at least get someone who is set on traditional hardwood flooring to consider changing their mind. It is easy to get almost any design, since the image is basically just an image layer in between the backing layer and solid, yet clear, top layer. Additionally, vinyl handles water and moisture so much better than traditional hardwoods can. Since each layer is sealed, it makes it that much more difficult for the water to be absorbed.
Take all of the areas in which vinyl plank flooring can do something better than traditional hardwood flooring, residential carpeting, or any other flooring material - cost, varieties of design and styles, and ability to handle moisture - and it becomes clear that vinyl flooring is one of the best options no matter where you want to install it. And when you do figure out where it is going to go, make sure to give the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey a call so the flooring installation is done correctly.