Pros and cons of vinyl flooring

By: Annalese, Published: March 19, 2024 Affinity harvest oak vinyl fireplace

Choosing flooring for your home is a big decision and investment so it’s worth understanding the pros and cons of the products you’re interested in. Vinyl flooring has become increasingly popular recently due to its durability and versatility- as well as cost.

Here we explore everything you need to know about vinyl flooring so you’re well-equipped to make an informed decision.

Pros of vinyl flooring- Affordability

Vinyl flooring is often a cost-effective solution compared to other flooring options like hardwood or stone. This makes it an attractive choice for homeowners looking to renovate on a budget without compromising on quality and style. For this reason, they are also popular in holiday homes and investment properties. There are many great designs to choose from with beautiful, realistic timber and stone characteristics- it’s a win-win.

Durability & performance

One of the top reasons vinyl plank flooring and vinyl floor tiles are so popular is their durability. It is resistant to scratches, stains, and moisture, making it ideal for high-traffic areas such as kitchens, laundries and entryways. Additionally, vinyl flooring can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life, making it a long-lasting investment for your home.

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Pet and family-friendly

The durability and ease of maintenance make vinyl flooring a perfect accompaniment to busy family life. Whatever life throws at vinyl, it will handle it well! Pets are also welcome, with the scratch-resistant nature of the product perfectly suited to our furry friends.

Rental friendly

Finding a suitable flooring product for rental properties, investment homes and holiday houses can be difficult. Seeking the balance between appearance, cost and resilience is key and vinyl ticks all the boxes. When you’re not able to be in the home every day, vinyl is a great option that you will know your tenants can live with and look after with ease.


All flooring requires some maintenance to prolong its life and ensure it looks like new for longer. Some products, however, are easier to care for than others! Vinyl flooring is incredibly easy to maintain, requiring only regular sweeping or vacuuming and occasional mopping to keep it looking its best.

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Aesthetics and design options

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds and applied to vinyl, it’s opened up a world of beautiful styles and designs. Vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of colours, patterns, and styles, allowing homeowners to achieve the look they desire for their space. Whether you prefer the appearance of hardwood, tile, or stone, there is a vinyl option to suit your taste and complement your home and interior design style. In our Vinyl Guide you can see for yourself the range of options available!


Unlike harder flooring materials like tile or stone, vinyl flooring offers a softer underfoot feel, making it more comfortable to walk and stand on for extended periods. This is perfect for those who are running around after children, those who love to cook or just anyone on their feet all day.

Cons of vinyl flooring- Water and moisture

While vinyl flooring is resistant to moisture, you still need to be vigilant. Standing water or spills that are left unattended can cause damage. Proper installation and regular maintenance are essential for preventing moisture-related damage.

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Regular maintenance is required

Vinyl flooring is durable, but it is not immune to damage if not looked after. Extreme sunlight has the potential to cause damage so ensure blinds are closed on very hot days where possible. Keep floors clear of sand, grit and dirt with regular maintenance to minimise scratching and try to enforce a “no shoe” policy at home! Pop glides or felt pads under heavy furniture to alleviate damage and lastly, it’s important to keep pets in check, with claws trimmed!

Get advice

Every floor and home is different and it’s important to get advice before installing flooring as well as trusting a professional installation team to do things properly. Flooring Xtra showrooms are full of helpful and knowledgeable staff to guide you in the right product direction for your unique home and family life. Prolong the life of your flooring by making the most of professionals!

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How do you clean vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is simple to care for and no elaborate equipment is required. Regular sweeping or vacuuming is necessary to avoid damage. You can read our Vinyl Care Guide to learn more.

Can vinyl flooring get wet?

Vinyl flooring is perfect for spaces where mess happens like kitchens and laundries. It can withstand some splashes of water without issues. Any spills should be cleaned up promptly however to avoid damage.

Can I install vinyl flooring myself?

Professional flooring installers are highly skilled and experienced, so it’s best left to the experts! They have all the equipment on hand and knowledge of any flooring preparation that may be required. Properly installed flooring ensures your flooring will last the distance.



Disclaimer: In some states of Australia, the building regulations for Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles and Hybrid flooring varies. Meaning they may not be suitable for areas requiring water resistance, such as bathrooms and toilets. We advise to always ask your local Flooring Xtra store for the correct advice regarding the local regulations. We also advise to follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation instructions and guidelines, not following the instructions could make the product not fit for purpose, for the area it’s being installed into and void your product warranty. To ensure you get the appropriate product for those areas, please contact your local Flooring Xtra store.

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In-house Stylist Annalese spends her days making homes beautiful and hunting down the perfect flooring solutions. With her finger on the design pulse, her advice on style, home design tips and creating happy, appealing homes can always be relied upon. Annalese’s favourite product is the Mathewson Tweed wool carpet from the Urban Instinct range because of its beautiful wool fibre together with its tailored loop pile design.

Want some expert advice?

From inspiration to installation and beyond, Flooring Xtra are here to help. If you’re uncertain what product will work best in your home or fit your budget the team are delighted to assist. Choosing new flooring is a big decision so whether it’s hard flooring or carpet you’re looking for, know that Flooring Xtra will have the perfect option for you! VISIT your nearest store