Vinyl flooring vs tile
Vinyl and tile flooring
While it used to be a no-brainer, the advancement of technology has changed the game when it comes to choosing between vinyl and tile flooring. Read on to see how we break down the differences between vinyl and tile flooring:
Vinyl flooring has a multi-layered composition. This means that, in order for moisture to cause and damage, it’d have to pass through every layer to seep to the core. This makes it difficult for moisture damage to occur with vinyl flooring.
Ceramic tile is known for its strength. While ceramic tiles are difficult to damage, if it does crack at some point, it can be difficult to repair. Unlike vinyl flooring, ceramic tile isn’t flexible. This can actually make the material more susceptible to damage.
Additionally, ceramic tile does not earn its title unless it has a water absorption rate of <0.5. 0.5 is not 0. This means that moisture can seep through the surface and cause issues. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, can handle moisture much better.
Durability Winner: Vinyl
While vinyl flooring looks nice, some homeowners don’t like the idea of having flooring that imitates another. However, if you don’t mind the fact that it’s not the real thing, vinyl flooring can be quite a steal. These days, vinyl flooring is made to look more and more like the flooring type they’re supposed to imitate. Vinyl is versatile and its look doesn’t suffer much.
Obviously, since ceramic is the actual material, it looks more real. It’s meant to go well with the room it’s installed in rather than stand out. As long as the grout is kept clean, ceramic tile will give your home a great look.
Appearance Winner: It all depends on your taste! Both are great options.
As long as your subfloor is clean and flat, vinyl flooring can be installed on your own. You can use either the glue-down or nail-down methods. Another installation method is the click and lock method, in which planks fit together like puzzle pieces.
Ceramic tile needs to be applied on top of mortar. This installation process can be messy and complicted, so it’s best to leave it to professionals.
Installation Winner: Vinyl
While both vinyl and ceramic flooring can be found at both higher prices and lower prices. However, vinyl flooring is less expensive than ceramic flooring in general.
Ceramic tile will cost more than vinyl flooring, and the cost of installation will just add to that. Additionally, ceramic tiles cost more depending on how thick they are.
Cost Winner: Vinyl gives you better value
Vinyl flooring is serves more purpose in terms of functionality than visual appeal. For this reason, homebuyers don’t value vinyl flooring quite highly.
Ceramic tile, on the other hand, carries a timeless appeal that adds home resale value. While it’s not the same amount you’d get with hardwood or stone, it’s still added value.
Resale Value Winner: Ceramic
While vinyl and ceramic tile weigh differently on different categories, the choice is always up to the homeowner! No matter which flooring material you choose, know that you can find it at Floors Touch. We carry both vinyl and ceramic flooring. Call Floors Touch at (214) 326-0100 or visit our website, https://floorstouch.com. Also, check out our blog for more helpful home remodeling input.
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