Vinyl flooring continues to rise in popularity and it’s not hard to see why. But what are the specific pros and cons of vinyl planks?

Vinyl flooring has come a long way and brings with it beautiful, durable, and affordable flooring options. 


Vinyl flooring is generally several times cheaper than real hardwood floors, and the easy installation process further cuts down on installation cost and time.

Moisture Proof

Unlike most hard flooring, vinyl plank flooring is extremely water-resistant and perfect for kitchens, dining areas, laundry rooms, and basements where spills or water damage are likely.

Highly Durable

Vinyl planks vary in construction from one option to another. But commercial-grade wear layers give many options the strength to excel under heavy loads and frequent daily traffic.

Endless Style Options

Whether you like natural stone, hardwood, reclaimed barn wood, or even bare cement there is a vinyl flooring pattern that mimics it without the high cost and maintenance that those natural materials require.

Flexible and Easy to Install

Vinyl goes well on nearly any subfloor, from cement to laminate and beyond. Thicker vinyl is especially forgiving, and (as mentioned) most vinyl flooring is extremely easy and fast to install, depending on the exact installation method.


Vinyl Fades In Direct Sunlight

Direct sunlight can damage a wide range of different floor materials and vinyl planks are especially at risk. Limiting sun exposure with curtains and shades is a must, but if your flooring receives a great deal of direct sunlight a different floor, with a UV resistant wear layer, may be a better option.

They May Tear or Dent

Heavy loads from furniture or dropped pots and pans can smush vinyl floors out shape, despite their durability, and sharp points like the heel of a stiletto have been known to tear planks.

They Can Be Difficult to Replace

If you choose to glue down your vinyl plank flooring, the process of eventually replacing it gets much harder. Depending on the replacement flooring chosen, many homeowners opt to simply leave the vinyl in place and put the new floor over top.

We will help you work through the options!

Grand Rapids Flooring knows floors. From residential to commercial, from everyday options to special orders, we can guide you through the flooring selection and service process to protect and improve your home’s natural beauty. Contact our team today to learn more!