Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are an easy way to update your floors. However, there are disadvantages to this type of flooring and it may not be the best choice for you. Learn more about these disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision on what type of flooring is best for you.
Some materials like stone, hardwood, engineered wood and certain types of vinyl with advanced wear layers are designed to last for many years. Typically you pay for this long-term durability up-front when you purchase the materials. Peel and stick vinyl may not last as long.
Lower resale value
As cost-effective and potentially stylish as it may be, peel and stick vinyl is not considered a luxury or high-end material. Some potential homeowners will want to replace it with other materials like natural stone. For this reason, it may impact the resale value of your home to some degree. Source: BuildDirect
Though modern-day vinyl production standards are strict, PVC production remains controversial because it usually ends up in landfills where it takes centuries to decompose. Chlorine is also used to make vinyl, and disposal of this element may danger the environment, as well. In addition, the lower-quality products can off-gas a small amount of toxic Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) particles, although there is a debate as to what level they are emitted by flooring products and about the levels of danger and toxicity from the off-gassing. Source: TheSpruce
May cause damage
The adhesive that manufacturers place on the back of the peel-and-stick tile can wear down in the kitchen over time. This issue is especially prevalent in homes where there is high moisture content due to cooking, cleaning, and general work. Unless you’re using a product that contains a permanent adhesive, you are increasing the risk that the tiles will fall off of the wall. Should that issue occur, you could do damage to the surface behind it as well. That means renters might be using their security deposit after all. Source: GreenGarageBlog
Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles may seem like a quick and easy solution to your flooring needs, but there are many disadvantages that could turn into major problems down the road. Unless you require temporary flooring options, the best way to avoid these issues is by using more durable materials. If you need help deciding which type will be best for you and your budget, call us so we can help!