For environments where the flooring is likely to be subject to moisture or staining agents, homeowners are often faced with deciding between vinyl tile and ceramic tile, both of which are excellent at shedding moisture and good at resisting stains. This choice most often comes into play for kitchens and bathrooms.
Vinyl planks are taking over the flooring industry, and for good reason! As technology advances, so does the way the flooring we install in our homes is engineered. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of both options, here are 7 reasons why vinyl plank is a better choice than ceramic tile
1.Cost. Vinyl plank is much more budget-friendly than ceramic tile. Depending on the type of tile you are choosing, ceramics can cost as much as hardwood or high-quality carpet. Materials aside, it costs 40% less to install vinyl plank than it does to install ceramic tile.
2.Faster and easier. Installing ceramic tile is labor-intensive and takes a lot of time, so you will most likely need a professional if you want it installed properly. Vinyl plank is DIY-friendly and 60% quicker to install than ceramic tile.
3.Durability. Both vinyl plank and ceramic tile are known to be durable flooring options. However, ceramic can chip and crack over time. Ceramic tile is more prone to damage (think dropping something heavy on the surface) than vinyl plank. Vinyl plank is also a better option if you have children or pets.
4.Aesthetic Appeal – Vinyl planks are offered in many looks that are similar to tile. The photographic technology allows vinyl to mimic the appearance of ceramic (or any flooring style you could possibly want) in a way that's nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Plus, this added layer allows the planks to withstand extended use.
5.Less mess. Prepping to install ceramic tile is a mess. Because you must rip up the flooring and make sure the surface is even before installation, there is an excess of dust involved in the process. Using tiles would require your contractor to work on the substrate and decent adhesives. Adhesives have to be applied fully on the back of the tile and there should be no compromise. Spacers have to be used to ensure that all joints and grouts are consistent in thickness.
As for vinyl flooring, they have grooves attached on the perimeter of each strip and they are installed simply by laying the pieces on the ground, attaching one strip to another. No glue is needed. When cutting the hanflor® floating floors, there is little to no dust.Should you need your renovation to be completed in double quick time, vinyl flooring would be a better bet.Vinyl plank is also easier to keep clean post installation.
6.No wait time. With vinyl plank, there is no waiting for the floor to cure or dry. You can live on it right away!
7.Not as permanent. Once ceramic tile is installed, it can be very difficult to remove. If you’re someone who likes to change trends and home design elements, floating vinyl plank floors are easier to take out and replace.