Vinyl floors are rugged and can last longer if cared for correctly than other hard-surface options. They’re also less expensive than solid hardwood and have many design options.

Vinyl is a member of the resilient flooring category, which also includes linoleum and cork. Not only is vinyl flooring is durable and easy to care for, it is gorgeous too. People are often surprised by the available variations in colors and textures, including realistic wood grain and stone patterns.


Vinyl floors are designed to withstand the rigors of everyday life. They are resistant to water, staining and impact damage and can withstand heavy foot traffic.

Modern flooring manufacturers have created various styles that resemble other materials, including natural tile, stone and wood. Some products even incorporate texture, which helps them achieve a more realistic look.

The durable construction of vinyl floors makes them a good choice for high-traffic areas like the entryway, kitchen and laundry room. The wear layer, which protects the vinyl from damage, can vary in thickness – a thicker wear layer is recommended for areas that receive the most foot traffic.

Vinyl is a chosen option for flooring and surprisingly less expensive than many other types of flooring. Better still, people save money by doing the installation on their own due to the straightforward process. Most vinyl flooring Ottawa can be “clicked” or glued in, which allows most homeowners to DIY the installation themselves. Sometimes, a professional may only be necessary to install full sheet vinyl or if a plank floor is used instead of traditional tiles.


Vinyl is a very affordable flooring option, especially compared to cheaper alternatives like hardwood or natural stone. It is also much cheaper to maintain and clean than carpet, which harbors dirt, germs and other unwanted debris.

Vinyl floors are highly durable, too. Depending on its construction and thickness, it can last up to 20 years. High-traffic areas require a thick wear layer to stand up to the rambunctious kids and furry family pets, while less walked-upon rooms can get away with a thinner one. Look for a wear layer with urethane, which offers extra scuff and scratch resistance, and a strong warranty for added peace of mind.

Vinyl is available in various styles, colors and patterns, including simulated stone, tile and wood grain. It’s even possible to find luxury vinyl that looks and feels just like hardwood. Just be sure to pay attention to product thickness and quality when shopping for this versatile flooring type.

Easy Maintenance

A good quality vinyl floor has a durable wear layer that resists scuffs and spills. This can be a lifesaver in active homes with rambunctious kids or a slew of pets. Some vinyl floors even have a built-in antimicrobial finish that reduces the likelihood of bacterial growth on the surface.

Vinyl floors are also fairly easy to install. Newer flooring technologies have allowed the product to be laid over existing tile, concrete, or plywood easily and without requiring sawing or hammering.

It is important to note, however, that laying vinyl over a subfloor with pre-existing flaws will cause those flaws to show through the new floor, depriving it of its smooth surface and potentially causing damage. Additionally, unlike laminate and wood, vinyl cannot be refinished, sanded or re-painted to repair scratches and other damage. It is also less durable than ceramic/porcelain tile and does not add to your resale value as much as hardwood or stone.


Vinyl is a popular flooring option for its affordability, durability and design versatility. Its wide range of design options includes emulating the look of natural materials like hardwood and stone with unique texture, depth and realism.

In addition to being a popular choice for bathroom, kitchen and entryway flooring, vinyl can also be used in bedrooms, home offices, living rooms and basements. It can withstand heavy foot traffic and is considered kid-friendly and pet-friendly.

Today’s vinyl floors are designed to look more upscale than the traditional sheet and stick-down options that were around in Mom’s house and your college dorm room. For example, luxury vinyl plank (LVT) comes in various colors and patterns that are difficult to tell apart from real wood or stone floors. This style flexibility sets it apart from other flooring types and may add to a home’s resale value.

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