Common problems with vinyl flooring include emission of volatile organic compounds, difficult installation process and vulnerability to damage when moving furniture. Scientists have also associated vinyl flooring with the occurrence of autism in children.
Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride, which is mostly referred to as PVC, which emits volatile compounds that may affect human health.
According to a study conducted in Sweden, scientists say that phthalates produced by vinyl flooring may cause autism in toddlers or infants.
Installing vinyl tiles themselves may not be a tedious job, but preparing the subfloor is an energy-consuming task. If even the smallest of particles are left on the subfloor, they form bumps on the vinyl flooring. Furthermore, dirt on the subfloor may cause the flooring to be loose.
Vinyl flooring may prevent breakage of falling utensils, but the effects of moving furniture on it can be adverse. The flooring can suffer scratches or gouges if it encounters moving or falling sharp objects.