It is time to install new flooring. You prefer the elegant classy look of ceramic tile for your kitchen or bathroom. Unfortunately, it is off your price range. Never fear though. Did you know that for a fraction of the cost you can get vinyl flooring that looks like tile? Apart from cost, there are other benefits of using vinyl flooring in your home instead of tile as discussed below.
Benefits of Vinyl Tile
One of the biggest advantages of vinyl flooring is its versatility. It can be printed to look like ceramic, stone, wood, or a variety of other options in just any color or pattern you want. This way, it can give you the look of high-end expensive flooring without the cost. Even the priciest vinyl still costs less than ceramic and hardwood.
Printed vinyl is also given a protective layer on top, which makes it easy to clean and maintain. A simple sweep or vacuum will get rid of dirt, while spills and stains can be removed with a quick mop. Ceramic tile can also be mopped; however, be careful to use only a chamois mop. A sponge mop can push water into the grout between the tiles, leaving it dirty and unsightly. Vinyl tile does not have this problem.
Additionally, there is the issue of durability. Ceramic tile is fairly strong but rigid, making it prone to cracks and other damage, particularly under the weight of heavy furniture. Vinyl flooring that looks like tile is flexible, making it absorb the weight of heavy objects and stand up more effectively to wear and tear. If a vinyl tile is damaged, it is easy to remove and replace the one small section that is damaged.
Vinyl Flooring Installation
Not only is vinyl tile versatile and durable, but it is also very easy to install. Ceramic tile installation is a painstaking and often messy process. If it is not done properly, the tiles will be uneven and may eventually become loose. On the other hand, replacing the tile is a difficult ordeal that requires a hammer and a chisel.
Vinyl flooring that looks like tile can be installed quickly and easily on almost any clean, dry, and flat surface, without the need for mixing and applying grout or other messy adhesives. Vinyl tiles often come in “peel and stick” packaging. This means that you can apply them by removing the paper backing from each tile, exposing the adhesive. Lay it in place on the subfloor wherever it needs to be. Tiles will stick where they are without hassle. However, you can still remove and replace them easily if need be.
You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a high-end ceramic tile look for your floors. Vinyl flooring that looks like tile provides that same luxury aesthetic in a package that not only costs less but also is easier to install and maintain. What kind of look will you choose for your vinyl tile floor?