Winter is a harsh month full of snow, ice, muck, salt, heavy boots, and more—all of which can wreak havoc on an unprotected floor. The season presents unique threats that can leave you dealing with compromised quality of your floors and annoying (possibly costly) repairs if you're caught unawares. The frigid months can damage your floor through solid, liquid, and chemical means, but the good news is that there are ways to prevent lasting damage.
How Winter Can Wreck Your Floors
Being indoors doesn't keep your floors safe from all that winter brings with it. There are numerous threats that can damage your floor's integrity if not accounted for.
Winter means driveways and sidewalks are salted and sanded to prevent freezing. These are highly abrasive substances that easily adhere to boots and shoes, and get tracked indoors where they act like sandpaper against your flooring. Protective coatings can get stripped away from floor tiles and create messes, slipping hazards, and irreparable scratches.
Ice and snow will, of course, melt. Unfortunately, the resulting water isn't the same as what you'd get from a tap—the water from melted snow is filled with salt and chemicals that make it easier to infiltrate floor tiles and cause swelling, buckling, mould, or mildew. Chemicals like magnesium chloride and sodium chloride (rock salt) can be tracked in as well. These mix with the melt water and create a corrosive liquid capable of degrading even concrete or metal if the right protections aren't in place.
What Vinyl Brings To Winter Battles
No problem is without solutions, and for winter the best option is to go with vinyl tile flooring. This highly versatile tile comes with numerous advantages that make it a top choice for handling the elements. With proper care, vinyl plank flooring can last up to a decade.
Vinyl tiles are topped with a hard, durable wear layer. This results in a surface that is highly resistant to scratches and scuffs and prevents the sandpaper effect from any salt-laden shoes. The resistant surface can also handle heavy traffic, which makes it perfect for front halls or other areas expected to see a lot of bulky boots running through.
The reason vinyl is such a popular choice for bathrooms or kitchens is because it is waterproof. This trait serves the tile well in winter because melted ice and snow will simply sit on the surface until cleaned up, unable to infiltrate any deeper. When dealing with water containing chemical salts, you shouldn't let puddles linger, but vinyl plank flooring is strong enough that you don't need to worry about acting quickly to wipe up the water.
Unparalleled Designs: Come and Find Yours
One of the other advantages vinyl has is that it is highly customizable and can come in a variety of imaginative and artistic designs, even mimicking natural stone and wood at a much lower price.
The only limit is your desire, and the experts at Centura Tile can work with you to find the perfect vinyl tile for your interior design needs. As a leader in tiling options since 1933, we have the experience, skill, and supply to bring any vision of beauty to life. To learn more about how you can incorporate vinyl plank flooring into your home renovations, or how to better maintain your existing flooring, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.