Choosing vinyl floors for a living room
The living room is often one of the most central and public rooms in the home. And although it may not receive as much foot-traffic as your entrance or kitchen, the living room can still sustain its fair share of wear and tear, especially if you have children or pets.
In terms of finding a durable, stylish and affordable flooring option for your living room, vinyl is a good choice. Its durability ensures that your floors are resistant to stains and spills, and easy to clean and maintain, making them well suited to families with children or pets.
Vinyl is comfortable and quiet underfoot and relatively affordable when compared to other flooring options. It’s also very easy to install, usually with a simple click installation system.
Vinyl comes in a vast range of designs, patterns, textures and colours, providing homeowners with the freedom to create whatever living room style they desire.
Benefits of vinyl flooring in living rooms
Pros of using vinyl flooring in living rooms
• Comfortable and warm underfoot
• Easy to clean
• Easy to install
• Available in many designs and colours
Comfortable and warm underfoot – Both vinyl roll (also known as sheet vinyl) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) have good thermal properties which add a sense of comfort and warmth to living rooms.
Durable – One of the most significant advantages of vinyl flooring is its resistance to scratches, stains and moisture. It can withstand heavy living room furniture and spilt food and drinks when entertaining guests are never a problem. Tarkett's Starfloor Ultimate range of luxury vinyl tile offers ultimate scratch and stain resistance, making them well adapted for heavy traffic areas and rougher treatment.
Easy to clean – A simple sweep or wipe down with a mop moistened with warm water and a neutral detergent is all that’s needed to keep your floors looking great.
Easy to install – Most vinyl floors come with a simple roll-out or click installation system making it one of the easiest floors to install yourself without the need for a professional.
Affordable – Vinyl is relatively inexpensive when compared to alternative living room flooring options such as ceramic tile and solid and engineered hardwood, yet offers several added benefits such as increased water-resistance and ease of maintenance.
Available in many designs and colours – Vinyl has enormous design potential, providing you with the freedom to create living room flooring perfectly matched to your design style preferences.
Drawbacks of vinyl flooring in living rooms
Cons of using vinyl flooring in living rooms
• Difficult to repair
Dragging or sliding heavy living room furniture across the floor could result in deep scratches or tears in your vinyl flooring. If this does happen, it's very difficult to make isolated repairs, and in most cases, the entire living room floor will need to be replaced.