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Does Vinyl Flooring Have A Good Cost-Benefit?

ByMatthew Hershberger

Aug 26, 2022

Vinyl flooring is considered an excellent option for internal environments of homes and apartments due to the various advantages it provides to the house – being constantly cited as the material that provides the best cost-benefit ratio among the types of coatings.

But do you know how to analyse the cost-benefit of a flat?

Relating cost-benefit is an excellent way to base your choices, taking into account the pros and cons offered by a specific product about the value invested – that is, when the pros are, in fact, greater than the amount necessary to acquire that product.

And in the case of floors, to make this type of comparison, different factors must be considered that can generate direct and indirect savings for you – from installation to day-to-day use. 

Quick and easy installation

When building or renovating, the headaches generated by problems on the construction site are everyone’s nightmare. Noise, dirt, discards, unforeseen expenses and delay are usually the main problems at this stage.

However, coating breakage mishaps can be avoided by choosing different types of vinyl flooring, which prevent or at least minimise the production of debris and waste.

With vinyl, there is no need to break since they can be installed on other floors, such as straightened cement, ceramic and porcelain with joints of up to 5 mm, as long as they are prepared and levelled with a self-levelling compound.

In addition to the application on an existing floor, it can go even faster with the embedded models. With the Click Line, you can have your environment ready and cleared for traffic even quicker: the installation is done in 48 hours! 

Waste is also reduced by opting for this material: for conventional pagination with tiles and boards, the extra margin to compensate for losses is usually 5% in vinyl. In the case of porcelain tiles, for example, the losses are about three times greater, varying between 10 and 15% due to breakage and cutting of the tiles.

Easy to clean and stain resistant 

Nobody deserves to spend hours cleaning the house and removing stains from the floor, right? Practicality in cleaning is essential for a more straightforward and more productive day-to-day since less time spent on this task leaves more time for others.

Due to the technologies applied to the vinyl floor surface, making it less porous, and the absence of apparent joints, this type of coating ends up being easier to clean daily than other materials, such as wood floors. Unlike laminate flooring, glued vinyl flooring can be washed.

This makes vinyl flooring a coating that requires much less water to clean and even fewer products to keep it beautiful. To clean it, use a cloth or mop with neutral detergent diluted in water.

Vinyl floor cleaning dispenses with the use of specific chemical products.

End-to-end sustainability

When we talk about cost-benefit, it is essential to think about the impact of our choices also for the environment. Debris and leftovers are regular in any work; however, we are responsible for directing this waste to ecologically correct disposal.

An enthusiast of the circular economy, Tarkett, through the ReStart program and collaboration with its resellers and customers, collects leftovers from flooring works and accessories, avoiding sending more than 105,000 tons to landfills, between 2010 and 2019, in Brazil, Europe and the United States.

Another concern that should be taken into account when choosing the coating is the quality of the internal air in your home. Volatile Organic Compounds, better known as VOCs, are gaseous compounds emitted by most industrialised products. Still, they can occur with more or less frequency and intensity depending on the composition used by the manufacturer.

Depending on the substance exhaled and the relationship between quantity/concentration, VOCs can cause respiratory problems or develop carcinogenic activities. 

Therefore, opt for brands and materials that comply with the regulatory standards for the segment: Tarkett’s vinyl floors are free of phthalates and formaldehyde and emit VOC levels well below even the limits established in the middle.

Versatility

In addition to the possibility of being installed on other coverings, a great advantage of vinyl flooring is its application versatility. With this material, you can decorate your kitchen, living room, bedrooms, gourmet balconies and even the bathroom – creating incredible paginations or using a single standard in all these rooms. 

Vinyl flooring, however, is not recommended for outdoor environments and bathrooms with showers due to excess moisture that can cause the boards and tiles to peel off in the future.

Another positive point of this coating is that it is not limited to floor use. Lighter than other materials, vinyl is made of PVC in most of its composition and can be exploited, too, on the walls and even on the ceiling!

Another excellent option is to use it in compositions in the same standard and colour that go from floor to ceiling in creative and unique paginations.

In the market, the types of vinyl flooring can be found in the format of tiles, boards and rolls. To vary the structure on the walls.