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List down all the disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

While vinyl flooring roll needs low maintenance and is highly durable, several drawbacks are associated with this flooring material. Of these drawbacks, its natural impact on the personal and world environment; the most notable.

Disadvantages:

Volatile Organic Chemicals:

Like homogeneous PVC flooring roll, the chemicals used in vinyl flooring manufacture can cause noxious outgassing to occur after the vinyl floor is installed. It releases volatile chemicals into a household, causing respiratory problems such as asthma reactions and eye irritation. The level of toxic outgassing in a vinyl floor is related to its chemical makeup and the floor’s age, as the most outgassing occurs early on.

Ecological waste problems:

Vinyl floor is not decomposable and does not naturally break down into the environment in a short period. It is also very hardly recycled, which means that worn-out, old materials take up space in landfills. Vinyl floorings consume non-renewable natural resources as well, such as natural gas and petroleum, during the vinyl floor manufacturing process.

Subfloor damage:

When installing vinyl flooring, you should have a perfectly even, smooth surface to work on. Because the vinyl material floor is relatively soft,  small grains confined under the vinyl floor can wear down the material after some time. It causes lumps to appear on the flooring surface. Over time, these starts wear down the material, causing tears and rips.

The difficulty of repair:

High-quality vinyl flooring is strong and durable, whereas low-quality vinyl flooring material will easily be susceptible to tears and rips. Unfortunately, vinyl types of flooring cannot refinish, so it needs to be removed and replaced when torn or damaged. This flooring is more comfortable in a tile installation than with sheet materials. For instance, in the case of homogeneous PVC flooring roll damage, you need to change the complete flooring sheet.

Chemical stains:

While the vinyl floor is generally resistant to stains, it is liable to discoloration when it comes to vinyl rubber. Mat floorings with rubber backing, or rubber shoe heels that scrape against the floor, can cause chemical reactions in the flooring material that can lastingly discolor it.

Susceptibility to yellowing:

In some of the cases, low-quality vinyl flooring gets yellow with age. It is because of a variety of factors. The factors involving interaction with direct sunlight can fade the flooring, and dust can trap beneath a wax layer on a vinyl floor, discoloring the material’s surface. However, high-quality, contemporary vinyl floors are resistant to all types of discoloration.