Vinyl flooring has been around since the 1950s and continues to be the favourite choice in kitchen flooring in many homes even today. In fact, vinyl has evolved to become more environmentally friendly over the years, with manufacturers making a conscious effort to use recycled materials. In terms of performance, vinyl gets full marks.
Added to this, its durability and economic pricing make it very attractive to those who are working within a budget.
Vinyl comes in a huge variety of colours and patterns. You get them in inlaid patterns and rotogravure or surface patterns. The inlaid patterns are longer lasting since the design runs all the way into the material unlike the surface patterns that wear off over time.
The inlaid vinyl costs more and is made by getting color granules into a sheet of vinyl resulting in the entire sheet of vinyl getting colour. This looks fresh for years to come. The surface design costs less and usually wear faster than the inlaid design.
The different kinds of vinyl kitchen floor material come based on what the top layer is made of. This layer comes in a variety of thicknesses, so the tougher it is, the more resilient it will be. Nowadays we get vinyl with the top layer infused with nylon and aluminium oxide for higher durability. Vinyl can be completely water resistant when it is sealed in the right manner.
The latest vinyl kitchen flooring sheets come in 2 meters width, unlike the original vinyl sheets that where 1 meter wide. Finishes can be made to look just like stone, concrete, tiles and other finishes that may match the look you want to achieve. In fact, vinyl can be made to look like anything you wish, in any colour you want.
Pros and Cons of Vinyl Kitchen Flooring
Vinyl is highly flexible, feels good under your feet, comes in huge variety and is very durable. Add to it the low investment when you compare it with other types of kitchen floors. Easy to maintain, vinyl kitchen floors come with a good warranty. Vinyl is resistant to heat and water.
Some vinyl sheets can fade. The lower end vinyl’s pattern can fade away. If not installed properly, the ends can lift and look ugly.