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Pros & Cons Of PVC flooring vs Solid Wooden Flooring

PVC flooring, or more commonly known as vinyl flooring, is one of the most popular flooring choices in the market, especially compared to solid wooden flooring, due to characteristics such as inexpensive upfront cost, high durability and ease of installation. As such while installation by experienced professional yields the best result still, PVC flooring is especially appealing to DIYers nonetheless.

As with everything related to home d├ęcor, careful evaluation of the pros and cons is crucial before making the final decision; PVC, or vinyl, flooring is no exception to the rule, so as to ensure getting the expected results.

Pros

  • PVC flooring is extremely durable, having very high resistance against dents and scratches, which is a major issue with solid wooden flooring. Well-installed and adequately maintained, they can last up to 20 years or more.
  • Unlike solid wooden flooring which absorbs moisture and stains easily, usual impurities are not known to penetrate the sheets or tiles of PVC, making them very resistant to dirt and staining. As such, maintaining PVC flooring requires little other than sweeping, vacuuming and mopping, unlike solid wooden flooring which requires specialized cleaners periodically.



  • Engineered with easy installation in mind and inherently waterproof, PVC flooring can be-with underlayment-be easily installed over any subfloor and any area in a home without concerns of moisture damage, making it an especially useful flooring option in Malaysia, due to the country's humid climate. This is something unachievable with solid wooden flooring.
  • PVC has slightly softer surface compared to wooden flooring, as the product is backed with a thin layer of either felt or foam. This allows for extra flexibility, making it easier to stand on longer.

Cons

  • The most notable problem with PVC flooring, which is non-existent with solid wooden flooring, is evident in its name-use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-which results in volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions especially when newly installed, thus raising health concerns. While manufactured to be more environmentally and health friendly in recent years, the notoriety still stands somewhat.
  • Its softer quality compared to solid wooden flooring, while making it resistant to dents and scratches, also makes it easier to be gouged by sharper objects, especially when moving furniture. Sheets or tiles can pop off entirely if the legs of the said furniture happen to be sharp.
  • Despite its wide array of colours and textures available, PVC ones cannot simulate the warmth and solid feeling of true wooden flooring. It also does not help with boosting a home's resale value.