Broadest Range of Colors and Designs
If you want to mimic the look and texture of natural materials such as hardwood, stone or ceramic, or if you prefer a visual that's only possible with modern print technology, vinyl flooring offers you the widest array of designs and colors in any one flooring category.
A Great Buy
Value-priced vinyl sheet is one of the best buys in flooring, compared to other floor coverings.
Underfoot Comfort and Resilience
Vinyl is easier to stand on for long periods of time, compared with other hard surface flooring. Its resiliency is more forgiving on dropped glasses or other objects. Vinyl's cushy construction is toddler-friendly and easier on elderly joints, too.
Vinyl requires minimal maintenance—much less than any other flooring category.
Vinyl sheet doesn't absorb liquids, so it's suitable for any room of the house, especially bathrooms and kitchens. It also has fewer seams than vinyl tile, for less places water or dirt can accumulate.
Vinyl can be used below, on or above grade level, over most subfloors (except carpet).
Vinyl sheet is 6' or 12' feet wide, which creates a more uniform-looking installation.
Will Not Increase Home's Value
Vinyl sheet is less likely than natural flooring products to enhance the monetary value of your home.
Easier to Rip or Gouge
Thinner vinyl is more susceptible to gouging and other durability problems. For high-traffic areas, it's best to install thicker and higher quality vinyl.
Not as DIY-Friendly as Other Flooring (laminate, glueless vinyl tile)
For DIYers, vinyl sheet is not too complicated to install, but it does require precision and preparation. The subfloor must be prepped to be smooth, flat and dry before the floor goes down. After the floor is laid, sealing the seams can be difficult. When a seam is required, installation is best left to a professional.
Must Allow for Expansion and Contraction
Subfloors shrink and expand with temperature and humidity fluctuations.