Getting your own house is more exciting than any other endeavor out there. It is a dream for many people, and when it finally happens, there is nothing quite like it. Having your own place means finally settling down and creating the home that you've always dreamed of. Yet, a ton of responsibilities also come with this step, and not all are going to be fun. You have to fix everything yourself, and the renovations are also on you. One of the best upgrades that you can do in your house is adding stick down vinyl flooring, but where exactly around the house can you do that?
What Is Vinyl Flooring?
Before you can understand where vinyl flooring works best around your home, you should know what exactly it is. Stick down vinyl flooring is basically vinyl tiles or planks, and it took the world by storm when it first came out almost 50 years ago. The great thing about vinyl flooring is how easy it is to install it, without needing to remove the previous flooring. You can use it to cover old, worn-out floors or even intact ones but of inferior wood quality. It helps give a much better aesthetic value to the place and it comes with a ton of other benefits, too.
Vinyl flooring is easily installed as we just mentioned, which isn't really the case with most other flooring types. More importantly, it is waterproof, so it can withstand moisture and leakage without decaying or rotting in a few years. Vinyl floors are also very durable, and they don't lose color or fade away. This makes vinyl floors a long-term, low-maintenance solution that is also pretty cheap, which is why it has been very popular around the world. So, where is the most suitable location for it around the house?
One of the most common places for stick down vinyl flooring is in the kitchen and for a good reason. It can withstand moisture, as we mentioned earlier, which means it won't be affected by splashing water or other liquids spilling on the floor. This type of flooring for your kitchen is more reasonable than other choices for another reason, which is the chef's comfort. A person standing in the kitchen for hours would feel much more comfortable on vinyl floors than they would on ceramic tiles, which cause fatigue and are cold and hard. In short, stick down vinyl flooring is the perfect addition to your kitchen, and you would come to appreciate it over time in terms of style, function, and comfort.
For the same reason, vinyl floors' durability in the face of moisture makes them ideal for bathrooms as well. They will survive for long, which is crucial in a bathroom since renovations there cost a lot of money and entail havoc, not to mention too much wasted time. You want a type of floor that would survive the flow of water coming in from the shower, sink, and cleaning, and the answer is vinyl.
Garages and Basements
People constantly worry about flood risks in a garage and basement due to their proximity to underground water. While vinyl floors won't necessarily stop a flood, they can save you the expense of having to replace the floors next to whatever other belongings that got ruined during the flood. They are also an excellent option for garages and basements because they don't need much maintenance, which is important in both locations. After all, no one really wants to spend much time looking after a basement or a garage floor.
Just because they work best in the face of moisture doesn't mean that stick down vinyl floors wouldn't be great in other rooms in the house. One of the best features of this flooring type is the fact that it has thermal benefits, too. The floors aren't too cold or too hot, which means the kids could play on vinyl floors all day long without you worrying about them catching a cold or falling sick as you would with ceramic tiles and other floor types. They are also pretty comfortable to put in a living room, and they'd make a comfortable seating if you add a couple of bean bags for those movie nights. Guests won't feel exhausted from sitting on vinyl floors, which is quite important.
Stick down vinyl flooring has been quite popular for a long time now, and they will continue to be so. They are inexpensive, which makes them affordable for most people who want to replace their floors with a modern-looking one. They also are quite functional and can serve several functions around the house. Most importantly, they are durable and can last for years, and you wouldn't have to worry about regular maintenance with a stick down vinyl flooring.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist