It can be hard to know what kind of flooring is best for your home renovations. After all, every material has its pros and cons, and some flooring options seem very similar. Vinyl flooring, for one, is gaining popularity, as it is durable, water-resistant, and scratch-resistant. Vinyl tile excels when it comes to design choices, ease of cleaning, cost, and simplicity of installation. If you’re considering vinyl flooring but aren’t sold on its benefits yet, consider this list of pros from the experts at Centura Tile:
The Benefits of Choosing Vinyl Flooring
Variety of Design
The last few years have seen remarkable improvements in vinyl's ability to replicate other textures and substances. Vinyl plank flooring can simulate upscale luxury woods like teak, maple, oak, walnut, or pine. This beautiful replication is highly detailed, right down to the grain patterns. Textured embossing and bevelled edges are also available to heighten the realistic look and feel of vinyl plank’s wood replications.
Keep in mind that vinyl plank flooring’s ability to imitate quality wood flooring is in addition to vinyl's already proven selection of embossed textures, patterns, and solid colour options.
Cleanliness & Durability
Vinyl also comes in tile and sheet format, which has traditionally been used primarily in bathrooms and kitchens. This is because vinyl tiles and planks are completely waterproof. They will resist moisture absorption even if subjected to standing water or large spills. Vinyl is also highly durable and resistant to scratches and stains; these two qualities make it one of the most sanitary tiling options on the market. But vinyl flooring no longer needs to be limited to any particular room—the latest technologies allow them to create a beautiful wood or stone look in any room.
Vinyl flooring has a wide price range, reflective of the material's immense flexibility. It costs about $0.50 per square foot for a simple, thin vinyl tile with a basic pattern and around $3.00 per square foot for a vinyl plank in an upscale luxury style. In between these two are numerous options and designs, so it is a simple matter of finding the one that matches your home renovation budget. (Tip: It’s best to consider the total cost to cover your room’s square footage; this allows for a better cost comparison between different sizes and styles of vinyl flooring.
One of the bigger advantages of vinyl plank flooring, and vinyl flooring in general, is the simplicity with which it can be installed. Vinyl flooring is available in sheets, which can be rolled out over a large surface; individual tiles, which can be laid one at a time; and planks, which are placed in a similar fashion to a jigsaw puzzle, often employing the drop and click system. For vinyl plank flooring, a plank is taken, laid in place, and then the following plank is locked in next to it. The only tool required is a utility knife to work around the fine edges and even out the tiles post-placement.
The experts at Centura Tile can work with you to find the perfect vinyl plank flooring option for your basement, bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in your house. As a leader in interior and exterior tiling since 1933, we have the experience, skill, and supply to bring any vision of interior design to life. Thanks to our partnership with Tarkett, we now offer vinyl tiles that are phthalate-free as well as asthma- and allergy-friendly certified. Browse our residential vinyl flooring lines from Tarkett here and the Centura Tile luxury vinyl line here. We also offer vinyl plank, tile, and sheet options. To learn more about our selection of vinyl flooring, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.