Planning on getting new flooring for your kitchen? You have a multitude of choices in flooring. One of the biggest selections is between tile flooring and vinyl flooring. These two types of floors work well in kitchen spaces, but they do have some major differences.
About Tile Flooring
Tiles may be ceramic or porcelain and feature designs or color glazes to make them more appealing. You can find textured tiles, as well as smooth ones, so you have plenty of options.
Many people choose tiles because they are easy to clean and maintain. Since the tiles are hard and durable, you can sweep and mop them without worries. The tiles also hold up to heavy foot traffic. Since many people will be walking through the kitchen, it makes sense to use tile flooring there.
Another benefit of using tiles on your kitchen floor is that it’s easy to disinfect. The flooring is waterproof. Tiles will also help keep your kitchen nice and cool in the summer months. The cold tiles can help you save money on air conditioning costs. Tile floors are Eco-friendly since we make them from natural materials.
Choose from a wide variety of shapes and designs for your kitchen floor. Tiles come in sizes ranging from mosaic to large floor tiles that take up a square foot each. Each design gives your kitchen a totally unique look and you can mix and match colors as desired.
Every flooring type has its downsides, and tile is no exception. While cool tile is nice in the heat, it can be downright unpleasant in the winter. If you drop a glass or plate on a tile floor, it will likely shatter, rather than remain intact. It also requires some time to install, as each tile needs to be set and grout applied once the entire floor is in.
You can use tiles to create a unique look for your kitchen, but they aren’t the only option available to you.
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Made from synthetic materials, vinyl flooring is not as eco-friendly as tile. It has been around since the 1980’s, when vinyl floors became more popular than linoleum. The flooring is available in a wide range of colors and prints to suit every kitchen style.
Vinyl plank flooring is particularly popular right now. The planks are available in a range of styles, mimicking wood, tile, or stone. The vinyl planks tend to be longer lasting than many other flooring choices. They are also easier to repair than traditional vinyl flooring.
Vinyl flooring is relatively simple to install and tends to be cheaper than most other flooring types. It is very comfortable to have under your feet. As most people spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen, a little cushioning can be nice. The soft floor also helps when you drop dishes. They are less likely to break with vinyl flooring.
With vinyl flooring, cleanup is easy. You can just sweep or mop it, though you may need a special cleaner that works with vinyl. Some cleaning liquids will degrade the materials used, so be careful. While this type of flooring tends to be fairly durable, it will wear down over time. You can expect to get at least a decade out of the flooring, but this will depend on the quality, as well. It’s always a good idea to go for the highest quality possible.
Over time, cheap vinyl will show signs of wear and tear. It may also yellow as the years pass, particularly if sun hits the floor or if there are spills. If the installation is not done over a perfectly clean subfloor, tiny bits of sand and rocks or even splinters may cause issues later on. The vinyl flooring may rip and it is very difficult to repair, unless you opt for vinyl plank flooring.
When it comes to vinyl flooring, you really do want high quality. The floor will look good for longer and hold up for years to come.
Making Your Flooring Choice
Before you decide which type of flooring you want to use in your kitchen, look at your needs. Is foot comfort a major issue? What is your climate like? Do you have small children who may fall a lot? How many people or animals are moving through the kitchen on a daily basis?
The above questions will give you a better idea about what kind of durability you need. For high traffic, much used spaces, tile is almost always the better option. If you don’t mind changing out your floor in a few years, you can go with the more comfortable vinyl flooring.
Still not sure? It may help to have an in-home consult with an expert who can advise you on the best option for your needs. A designer knows exactly what would work best in each type of space and can help you choose the perfect design for your home. They can even show you samples. It’s easier to imagine how your kitchen will look and feel with various flooring types with samples.
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