There are not too many floors which are suitable for some of the wettest environments in the home. You may need to find an option for your bathroom, kitchen or utility room, or perhaps you have a conservatory which needs a new covering on the floor. In any of these rooms the most suitable and affordable option to consider is vinyl flooring.
Cost Effective and Authentic Designs
Vinyl has come a long way since the seventies and eighties. It is possible to find natural looking floors which still have the benefits of being nice and cheap yet very durable in the most extreme conditions in the home. Using photographic images you can have almost any type of pattern or styles which look a lot more expensive than the actual final product really is. There are many different options from stone to wood, patterns to tile. The flooring looks authentic but does not have the large price tag or many of the problems associated with the materials which are being reproduced in vinyl.
Benefits for Damp Rooms
So why choose vinyl flooring over another product such as carpeting? Well carpets are made from fibres which are the perfect breeding ground for mould. Once wet and damp the carpet can quickly become filled with mould and mildew creating unpleasant smells and an unhealthy environment. Vinyl on the other hand is mould resistant. The floor can easily be dried out meaning that mould does not have the time to grow and spread.
Health and Safety Considerations
You may have considered tiling but this can cause problems with safety. If you have the wrong tiles placed on the floor of your kitchen or bathroom they can become a slip hazard. Vinyl can be made with a natural grip which reduces the chances of slipping if there is a spillage in the kitchen of wet footprints on the floor once you get out the bath or shower. If you have older people in the home or small children choosing safer flooring options is always advisable, although anybody can slip and seriously injure themselves no matter how old or young they may be.
Easy to Lay
You can find treadsafe vinyl flooring in large sheets cut to the size you need or in easy to use tiles. Each option is reasonably easy to lay yourself if you do not want to pay out for help. You will need a strong cutting knife, safety gear and it is advisable to use an adhesive glue and carpet strength sticky back plastic on the edges to create a waterproof seal. There are many useful videos found online where you can find an abundance of tips and advice when it comes to working on this type of floor which can help to alleviate nerves when laying your own vinyl floor.