Vinyl Flooring or Tile Flooring – What’s Better For You?

This article is going to discuss the pros and cons between Vinyl Flooring and Tile Flooring and provide a summary at the end.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up well to heavy foot traffic. It is comfortable to walk on and also makes little to no noise, which is great is you have kids or pets running around. Vinyl flooring is also more of budget option compared to many of the other flooring options available, it is also easy to install and maintain. Vinyl flooring comes in a great range of colors and patterns making it more of a unique choice whilst also being popular.

Despite all that however, vinyl floors do not stand up well to heavy loads and can be damaged by sharp objects. Also, when exposed to extreme temperatures, the flooring can become damaged whilst when there is too much sunlight shining directly on it, the colors can begin to fade. For that reason, vinyl flooring is not recommended for outdoor or indoor/outdoor uses.

Tile Flooring

Any real estate professional will tell you that tile flooring significantly increases a home’s resale value. Tile is also one of the best surfaces to install over a radiant floor heating system. As these types of systems become more popular in homes, it makes sense that tile flooring will grow in demand. If the tile has been glazed then it requires very little maintenance, just some routine vacuuming and sweeping.

Tile floors are nontoxic (as long as nontoxic grout is used) and excellent for those who suffer from allergies. They are also great for homes with pets, as accidents can be cleaned up easily and the hard surface is capable of withstanding a dog’s nails.

While a popular choice, tile flooring is not for everybody; nor is it without its share of drawbacks. For example, if you do not own a floor heating system, then the tiles can be quite cold, especially in cold climate areas

Tile floors are also one of the more difficult surfaces to install for the typical person to do by themselves. Special saws are needed to cut the tile, and once the mortar starts to dry, it is very difficult. So it takes a skilled hand to make the floor look its absolute best.

Unlike carpet or cork flooring, tile has no insulation properties and does nothing to dampen the sound in a room. The only way to solve the noise problem is by placing rugs.

Glazed tiles, while easy to maintain, can prove to be slippery if they get wet. This is mostly evident with older tiles as new innovations have produced an anti-slip surface to help reduce this problem. While tiles can withstand heavy foot traffic, they can be easily chipped or cracked if something heavy is dropped on them and repairing them is not easy for average person

Verdict

Vinyl Flooring – whilst not being able to withstand heavy loads, it is silent, durable against heavy foot traffic and comfortable to walk on while still being affordable for the average homeowner. 8/10

Tile Flooring – whilst being the more expensive and least comfortable of the two, it has great resale value, requires very little maintenance and can be non toxic. 7/10