Choosing Between Tile and Vinyl Floors

Choosing a flooring type can be a very exhausting job, you have to think about the pros and cons of each type of flooring choice available in the market. Here you can find a detailed explanation about tiles and vinyl flooring and you can choose accordingly.

Vinyl flooring: Vinyl flooring is the most sort after flooring type in recent times given the amazing qualities it has. It is the most durable flooring type available in today’s market. Due to its comfort underfoot and as it is easy to walk on without any aches, it can be used both in residential and commercial buildings. Vinyl flooring can be used in areas with heavy traffic as it can resist a lot of wear and tear. Vinyl is often a chosen flooring type due to its price. It comes in a variety of colors, designs and textures. It is easy to choose vinyl but a little extra care should be taken to maintain the feel and look of your vinyl flooring.

Tile flooring: On the other hand tile flooring is the most flexible flooring type one can choose, as it doesn’t have any restrictions to water damage or stains. Tiles can be used in any part of your home, be it kitchens, bathrooms or even entryways. If you are looking for a budget friendly flooring option then tile is the choice. You can find infinite number of colors, designs and textures. Four different kinds of tiles are available, ceramic, porcelain, quarry and Terra cotta.

Now we will check to see the advantages and disadvantages of both tile and vinyl flooring.

Vinyl flooringAdvantages of vinyl flooring:

  • Inexpensive
  • Resistant to water and other stains
  • Comfortable under feet
  • Strong
  • Easy installation
  • Cost of maintenance is low

Disadvantages of vinyl flooring:

  • Can be easily dented or torn
  • Without proper maintenance the flooring can look dull
  • Should not let puddles of water stay in for too long as they can damage the surface underneath.

Tile FlooringAdvantages of tile flooring:

  • Wide range of colors, sizes designs and shapes.
  • Highly resilient
  • Resistant to moisture and stains
  • Easy to afford

Disadvantages of tile flooring:

  • When laying the floor should be careful as they can crack or chip easily
  • Cold and hard under foot
  • Harder to maintain
  • Grout tends to discolor
  • Can get slippery

Maintaining the two different flooring types is given below:

Vinyl flooring:

  • Never put in heavy furniture on your vinyl flooring with felt pads. It can damage your floor.
  • Try not to walk on a newly installed floor. Wait for a minimum of 12 -24 hours.
  • Clean up any spills or stains when noticed, this will help prevent leaking and in turn damaging the sub floor
  • Make sure to place doormats near entryways. This will help dirt from coming in.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners as this can scratch and damage your floor
  • Make sure to always attach the soft bristle brush to your vacuum cleaner when cleaning vinyl floors. Doing this, you can avoid scuff marks on your floor.
  • Sweep your floors regularly
  • Mop your floor with a mixture of vinegar and warm water to keep your vinyl clean

Tile flooring:

  • Sweep your tile floors regularly
  • Mop your floors once or twice a week to give it a new look.
  • Normal stains can be removed easily by using baking soda and vinegar. Apply the mix on the stain and leave for some time and then clean it with plain water.
  • If your floor is looking dull, mop the floor with a solution made from ammonia (3/4th cup), detergent (1 cup) and warm water and leave it for 10-15 minutes and then scrub the floor with a scour sponge. Clean the floor with plain water and then apply wax for a new look.

Whatever flooring you choose, it will need basic maintenance for it to look as good as new.

Choosing Between Tile and Vinyl Floors was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 by Jason Valasek