Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Vinyl can get a bad rap. Often it’s confused with linoleum and conjures up memories of outdated, cheap 1980s flooring rolled out in sheets. But lately, vinyl is showing itself as anything but “cheap” looking. It can be laid out in planks, tiles, and sheets and it’s getting some trendy looks.

The vinyl flooring industry is booming as new designs resemble the look of real hardwoods, but without the high maintenance. Vinyl is known for being scratch-proof and even waterproof, which is making them especially appealing in the kitchen and bathroom. Plus, vinyl is known for being more pet-friendly and that’s increasingly important nowadays. (Consider, 61 percent of households own a pet or plan to soon, according to an NAR pet study. As such, pet-friendly flooring is proving to be a growing motivator in home remodeling decisions).

Vinyl flooring options are now available in styles that mimic current wood styles, in everything from oak, pine and walnut to even hand-scraped options.

You have several color choices with vinyl too, from gray to espresso and white.



And vinyl isn’t just for resembling the look of hardwoods. You can also get vinyl that resembles tile, marble, and cement too.



The installation of vinyl is also getting more trendy. You can install it in a herringbone pattern on the floor or diagonal. Wide plank vinyl is one of the trendiest and some designers even say it can make your room look larger too.


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Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I totally agree with you that Vinyl flooring is stealing the spotlight due to many reasons. It comes in wide range of designs, pet friendly, easy to use and many more other advantages. Thanks for sharing the blog.

  2. Real hardwoods are just so expensive and difficult to install! I finished my attic recently and we went with vinyl because it was so much easier to install, so much cheaper. Looks beautiful and it’s had to tell the difference! Just glad we agreed to not do carpet.

  3. Gediminas Stanaitis

    Found your blog. I would like to thank you for your article. It’s reliable on
    Vinyl Flooring.It is easier to install. So, all can try this with the help of this site.

  4. with its waterproof capabilities and ease of maintenance, vinyl flooring is on the rise

  5. Another great idea for designing your home to become the most attractive it could be!