Faking it! Wood and ceramic look vinyl flooring

For an elegant, highly contemporary look together with a practical easy-clean surface, quality vinyl flooring coverings tick all the boxes. Offering the warm appearance of real wood or the rich colours of ceramic tiles. With a hygienic and safe non- slip surface, quality vinyl is extremely simple to fit and will transform a room quickly and easily at a minimal cost. We ain’t talking about lino here that’s for sure!

The range of vinyl floor coverings available is vast and varied. With a full spectrum of colour options and an array of patterns, finishes and textures to inspire the most demanding designer. As with most things you get what you pay for! It therefore really pays to shop around to make sure you select what is right for you from style and performance through to sustainability and life-cycle costing.

Vinyl floor coverings

Vinyl floor coverings are supplied in rolls, panels and tiles. It’s very easy to carry and transport. With some collections being a fraction of the cost of a good quality carpet. Ceramic tiles and real wood floor coverings, vinyl flooring are an excellent choice both from the point of view of appearance and of practicality for a busy household.

Vinyl flooring is a perfect choice for houses with children and pets. The floors can be easily cleaned and disinfected and the softer non-slip surface is also less dangerous than conventional wood or floor tiles. Elderly households can also benefit from the safety of non-slip, easy clean surfaces.

Great for kitchens and bathrooms

Vinyl wood or ceramic look flooring is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s easy to mop and dry. Its non-slip surface makes it a safer option for these higher risk areas. In lounges, dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways the wood look vinyl flooring should just require regular dusting with a soft floor brush. In kitchen, bathrooms and higher traffic areas, however, there may be a need to mop the floors occasionally to maintain their beautiful appearance. It is a great choice for conservatories too as all the gardening mud, children’s footprints and pet paw-prints can be easily mopped away.

As with most building materials, the sustainability aspect of vinyl flooring has been under scrutiny. This has led to many quality manufacturers singing the praises of their eco-friendly ranges. Aspects to consider are the FloorScore Certification seal. This means that the flooring meets low emission levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for safer indoor air quality. Any product that meets these stringent standards is a product that will contribute to good indoor air quality.


Many companies are also passionate about the sustainability aspects of their products. Some manufacturers also recycle traditional safety flooring in-house. This enables them to offer reusable loose-lay flooring and a zero % waste-to-landfill achievement which is commendable. Great for your green credentials!

So if you’re considering which type of flooring is best for your busy household, remember to add vinyl floor coverings into the mix. It’s come a long way since the old days of lino!