Using discount vinyl plank flooring in a bathroom or kitchen is an affordable way to get the look of real wood strips for a fraction of the price.
Installing hardwood floors or good quality laminate floors can really make a difference in a room. If you are doing some decorating or even major renovations, adding the look of wood can add a richness to a room.
But the problem with this type of flooring, is that it does not hold up as well in any damp and moisture prone areas, such as the bathroom, laundry room or basement.
But there is an option for these areas now that actually looks very realistic. You can get vinyl plank flooring that totally resists the moisture of a bathroom. This type of flooring has a very realistic looking grain to it, and it comes in strips about 6 inches wide and 36 inches long (as in the picture).
It has its own adhesive (peel and stick) and can be installed right onto the sub floor or even the concrete floor in the basement. The adhesive is very strong, and once installed correctly, moisture will not penetrate it or lift it off the floor the same way laminates re-act to spills.
If you have ever spilt water on a laminate floor and didnt' clean it up right away, then you will have seen the laminate absorb the water and buckle and swell. This is why many bathroom would then resort to ceramic tiles or linoleum.
If your budget is tight, you can also get these styles of vinyl in a 12 by 12 inch peel and stick tile, that when installed with the seams close together will give the look of a wooden floor.
But by using the vinyl plank style flooring, it will look like you actually laid down planks of hardwood and give you the look you want, for a fraction of the cost and last past bath time with your kids.
Just make sure your sub floor is clean and free of any debris or it will show under the planks and you will not get the smooth finish you need for this look to work. These products can also be glued to concrete floors, making them ideal for a basement environment too.
You can get discount vinyl plank flooring in many carpet and flooring stores, but there is a large assortment to choose from online and you can compare the prices, once you know the style you are looking for.
Make sure to measure the room and allow for some wastage before ordering. This product is great for kitchens as well, or any room you like and is easy to cut to size. It is cheaper than hardwood and laminates but still gives you the look of wood and the protection against moisture. You can damp mop this product and it also resists fading from the sun.
It is a great product for kids, and their toys too.
It all depends on your budget and your time for maintenance. If you want an affordable floor, that is also easy to care for and can take some abuse, then using a vinyl plank flooring might be the perfect solution for you.