There is a lot to know when it comes to vinyl. Firstly, it comes in a lot of different formats. To name a few: sheet vinyl, plank and tile. Plank can be further broken down into application method: click, glue, self adhered, friction fit. For the purposes of not overwhelming you, my kind reader, I'll be breaking these into multiple posts. You can come into the store if you want to be bored with further excruciating detail. For now, I'll focus on the sheet vinyl aspect.
Personally this is my category of choice. I am not a rich person, I don't love cleaning everyday. I want something that will last and be able to take an accidental beating from time to time.
Sheet vinyl gets a bad rap from the old days of battleship linoleum only available in a pebble pattern in mint green, mustard yellow or dingy cream. One thing that can be said is it has some serious staying power and can withstand years of abuse. It often outlives it's fashion. The new improved vinyl has engineered the old problems and discomforts out.
It used to be hard, now cushioned back vinyl is the most common for a softer warmer feel underfoot.
It used to be ugly, now... some is still ugly, let's get be honest. BUT there is a lot of designer vinyl that borrows inspiration from the best tile, wood and other designer textures that are out there. So its not all ugly anymore, you've just got to persevere through some uggos to get the right look.
It used to get gauged/torn easily and was difficult to repair. It's not now. It can be repaired seamlessly with a chemical bond that makes the previously damaged area the strongest part of your floor. Beyond that, our preferred manufacturers have great warranty coverage on gauging, scratching and warping.
It used to fade so you couldn't move your furniture. This is not a problem that exists anymore, even the cheapest options have figured out how to make an effective UV wear layer.