While it is always a dream to install luxurious materials like marble, granite or stone for a beautiful floor, often the remodeling budget simply does not allow for such extravagances. Spending design dollars wisely often translates into substituting materials so that the overall look of the room is still quite beautiful. Considering covering the floors with sheet vinyl instead of marble is a great way to free up dollars that can be used for other parts of the remodel. This flooring is durable and attractive, and it can mimic many different textures offering an attractive appearance.
Much cheaper than real stone, it is actually even more comfortable to walk on. Vinyl floors are typically quite resistant to moisture, so areas where mold and mildew are a concern are perfect venues for this type of flooring. With the addition of a few throw rugs, this flooring offers style and color, and it is an excellent way to finish off the look of a room without busting the bank.
One of the amazing qualities of vinyl flooring is that it can be made to look like just about anything. So, while a decorating budget may not support installing granite or marble floors, a homeowner can install vinyl flooring that looks exactly like the real thing. Adding a faux granite or marble floor can be done for a mere fraction of the price of installing real stone, and it offers the same overall look. While real stone would cost thousands of dollars to install, a 50 square foot section only costs about $60 to cover with vinyl flooring.
Vinyl can closely resemble stone and there are several reasons why a homeowner may not want to import real stone for the flooring in their home. Cost is an obvious concern, but even when the budget does not preclude stone, a homeowner may be concerned with destroying natural habitats to mine the stone and opt for vinyl flooring as a more ecologically friendly flooring choice. Vinyl offers the option of having the same look that stone brings to the floor without damaging delicate natural wildlife habitats.
Vinyl flooring can also be used to mimic the look of a hardwood floor. Again, this choice may be considered green, because it does not contribute to the deforestation of natural forests; however it still looks just like the real deal. Vinyl flooring is printed to look just like real hardwood flooring in tones such as cherry, oak, pine and maple, and as an added bonus it is a much more cost efficient selection than real hardwood.
In a home with rustic styling, it may be fun to install the look of brick in a kitchen, foyer or bathroom. Since real brick is not particularly durable, it does not make a good selection for areas that receive a lot of foot traffic. However, sheet vinyl flooring is quite durable, and it can be installed at a fraction of the price of what laying a real, brick floor would cost. There are many different color combinations and brick styles available, so take a look at all of the offerings before settling on the final flooring option for a home's remodel.
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