Fashion is always in style. Clothing is a good example. Bright-colored sportswear, popularized in the 1980s, has been rediscovered for its comfort and stylish design. Vinyl flooring is an excellent example of how home decor trends follow the same pattern. The affordability, variety of styles, and durability are all attractive features for many homeowners.
Vinyl flooring: pros and cons
Vinyl flooring offers a flexible and versatile alternative to tile and hardwood flooring. It can mimic the look of white marble in bathrooms and kitchens or change into oak planks almost identical to natural hardwood. Vinyl floors are also softer than hardwood or tile. They are more comfortable, warmer than hard surfaces, and better at absorbing sound.
Vinyl’s ease of maintenance is one of its most attractive features. Vinyl is easy to maintain, waterproof, resistant to damage, and requires little maintenance. You can mop the floor with a vinyl cleaner and sweep as necessary.
Vinyl flooring: The cons
Vinyl flooring is flexible, but it comes with a cost. It is softer than hard surface flooring, and sharp objects or heavy furniture can cause permanent damage. Certain vinyl tiles can be damaged by attrition, causing the entire tile to fall out.
Using rug and furniture pads is essential to prevent heavy rugs and furniture from sliding around and damaging your floor.
Rubber rug pads on vinyl floors are not the best match
Vinyl is usually low-maintenance and durable, but certain materials in rug pads can damage it. Natural or synthetic rubber should not be used with vinyl flooring because it reacts to the chemicals in vinyl, causing staining. This chemical reaction is caused by heat from sunlight or friction between a rubber-backed rug pad and the floor.
Many cheaper rug pads are made from a type of plastic called. Rug pads made from PVC can have several issues. They are usually made using glues and adhesives which stick to the floor and affect air quality in your home.
Best rug pads for vinyl flooring
Choose a rug pad made of materials compatible with vinyl flooring. Anchor Grip offers the best solution. It is low-profile and non-slip. The anchor grip has an EVA back designed to hold rugs in place while not damaging the flooring beneath. Its non-reactive ingredients make it an excellent non-slip option for natural rubber or latex rug pads. Anchor Grip’s low profile is perfect for rugs under doorways or in high-traffic areas. It’s also ideal for Persian carpets and thinner rugs.