Disadvantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring has some disadvantages to consider.

Choosing the right type of flooring for your home can seem like quite a challenge because of the wide range of options that are available these days. However, one option that has become quite popular over the past few years is vinyl plank flooring. While this specific type of flooring has a number of advantages, it certainly isn’t without a few disadvantages – which will be discussed below.

  • If you and your family enjoy going barefoot inside your home, you’ll notice that vinyl plank flooring isn’t as comfortable underfoot as other types of flooring
  • Unlike solid hardwood flooring, vinyl planks cannot be refinished. When they start showing signs of scuffing and wear, a replacement will be necessary
  • In cases where vinyl plank flooring has been glued into place, it will be extremely difficult to remove when the time comes to replace it
  • Vinyl planks can never look as luxurious as a solid hardwood floor
  • Some variants of this flooring have a rather thin wear layer on the top, meaning that it can scratch, dent and scuff quite easily. As such, some of the cheaper variants will not be suitable for homes where there are young children or pets that live indoors
  • In most cases, the top layer of vinyl plank flooring has not been manufactured with any form of UV protection, so it will fade over time – especially if exposed to direct sunlight every day
  • If sharp objects are accidentally dropped on to this flooring, it can cause nasty gouges that cannot be repaired
  • Some cheaper variants of this flooring can dent over time if heavy furniture is placed on top of it
  • Another serious disadvantage of vinyl plank flooring is that it is not biodegradable at all, so there is virtually no chance of being able to reuse or recycle it once it has worn or become damaged
  • Furniture cannot be slid along this flooring at any time, as it will cause serious damage. As such, you’ll have to ensure that it and other heavy items are lifted completely off the floor when they need to be moved
  • The overall quality of vinyl plank flooring can be quite inconsistent between manufacturers and suppliers. Thinner variants will be easily damaged and require complete replacement within just a few years
  • The PVC that is used to manufacture this flooring is known to release phthalates over time. These can cause various respiratory and even reproductive health issues
  • Only mild cleaning products can be used on this flooring, as harsh chemicals will cause damage to the top layer

Choosing the Right Vinyl Plank Flooring

Owing to the fact that several types of flooring are available, it’s essential to do some research before making your final choice. 

If you have active young children and/or pets that live indoors, you’ll need to choose a higher quality product to ensure that it lasts for a few years. Homes with several heavy items of furniture will also benefit from thicker and more durable variants of this flooring.

When looking at samples, it’s recommended that you physically handle them. This will give you an idea of how durable they will be in your home over time. You should also set aside a realistic amount of money to spend, as purchasing the cheapest vinyl plank flooring you can find will result in you obtaining a poor quality product that you won’t be satisfied with.

In most cases, vinyl plank flooring will not need much more than damp mopping every few days to keep it clean and free of dirt and debris. Daily sweeping is also recommended.