What are the advantages of using vinyl flooring tiles compared to other types of flooring?
Getting a new home or having home renovation is a great opportunity to plan for the dream home we want. However, it also means that we need to pay attention to so many details, including about flooring. Of course it will not be easy to choose from so many products available out there. But if we are still at the stage of doing comparisons before deciding on what kind of floorings to choose, one type of flooring that is worth to be seriously considered is vinyl flooring tile. Out of so many other flooring types which have been popular before, such as ceramic, laminate, porcelain, wood, and linoleum, to mention just a few, there are good reasons why vinyl flooring tiles are gaining attraction and attention from home owners and becoming more commonly suggested by renovators, contractors or interior designers.
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Here is an article worth reading at Parterre Flooring Systems that might provide some clear comparison between ceramic and vinyl flooring tiles.
Ceramic is no match for vinyl flooring tiles
The comparison of vinyl tile vs. ceramic tile represents yet another instance of luxury vinyl flooring’s ability to masterfully replicate the look of any other flooring system and improve on it. As the technology behind luxury vinyl flooring develops, it becomes less and less distinguishable from the real product. Read more here!
Almost all good features of ceramic can be found in vinyl flooring tiles too, and yet vinyl offers more because it can easily be installed and reinstalled according to current trends. This customizable feature is not available in the case of ceramic, which is a permanent kind of flooring and does not allow for easy reinstallation. Ceramic is also prone to cracking and breaking, while vinyl tile has a higher degree of durability and if a heavy object were to fall on it, it can absorb the force. When we think green also, ceramic is not a material that is recyclable. If we ever decide to remove it, the used ceramic almost has no other place to go but a landfill. Vinyl tile is more environmental friendly when seen from this aspect, because we have options to recycle them, depending on the manufacturer. Another article written by Lee Wallender at The Spruce about laminate flooring should give us more confidence to choose vinyl tiles.
Vinyl flooring has extra points to offer than laminate flooring
But the real deciding factor is moisture. Vinyl flooring decidedly beats laminate in its performance in wet places. Even in better homes where you would not expect to find vinyl flooring, exceptions are made for bathrooms. Read more here!
At the base of the differences between vinyl flooring tile and laminate wood is the core material itself, because vinyl flooring are 100% plastic, while laminate flooring is 99% wood. This is why vinyl flooring is more flexible to put in any space, including kitchen and bathrooms due to its moisture resistance feature. The cost of both is comparable and should not be much an issue, similar to installation process albeit some extra works and tools are needed for installing laminate wood such as foam moisture underlayment and the sawing process. In terms of comfort of course the advantage goes to laminate wood, but some tips and techniques during installation of vinyl tile can help to reduce the feel of hardness and coldness of the vinyl flooring. If we care about the environment, maybe it is worth to note that modern vinyl flooring has good environmental record for LEED credit compared to its predecessor. With these extra and at least comparable points for vinyl flooring tile, there is no reason why it should not be seriously considered for our home. The next article by Karin Beuerlein at HGTV is on the comparison between vinyl flooring tile and other types of tile materials.
Comparison of other tile materials with vinyl tile
Vinyl or synthetic tiles are a cost-effective solution for homeowners on a tight budget. Their resilient, bendable material comes in various sizes — one of the most common being 12″ x 12″ — and because they are manufactured, virtually any pattern or color can be created. Read more here!
There are many types of materials used in the production of flooring tiles, among them porcelain, glass, concrete, marble, granite, engineered stone, terrazzo and terra cotta. These natural materials are known to be beautiful, because they reflect nature itself, but the price is higher than what synthetic vinyl can offer. The installation process of vinyl is also easier due to its resiliency compared to natural materials which is more prone to break and crack. Vinyl flooring tiles can also be installed on other materials more quickly, so we do not need to demolish first to make concrete base for example. In conclusion, there are many advantages of vinyl flooring tile compared to other types of floorings in the market. Some light has already been thrown here to narrow down the time-consuming search of flooring types for our dream homes. The next step now is to decide.