Vinyl tiles offers exceptional durability, high resistance to moisture, scratching, and stains, and easy maintenance. You can have it installed in any room of the home, so your interior decorating ideas are limitless. A vinyl tile floor is often installed in commercial settings where high traffic is a constant, or where a clean or static-free environment is desired. It can also be a versatile and cost effective choice for any household.
What is the Vinyl Tiles
Vinyl tile has surged in popularity over the recent years. From realistic porcelain and ceramic alternatives, there’s a style for everyone
Vinyl tile’s soft backing layer makes it pleasant underfoot, without the rigid feel of tile. While optional grout and textures can add character, this floor feels smooth through and through. The backing layer helps keep spills on the surface for easy cleanup. The soft, warm surface means you can have a tile look in a room you might not have wanted it. Cold, stone tile in a bathroom isn’t always ideal. With vinyl tile, you don’t have to hesitate to go barefoot.
Vinyl tile offers an amazing value compared to genuine porcelain or ceramic and is great for rooms with higher moisture levels. Vinyl tile has multiple surface layers that keep scratches from pets, standing liquids, and even mildew. An antimicrobial film makes it difficult for bacteria and mold to form on this floor.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Floors
- Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up well to heavy foot traffic. It is comfortable under foot and reduces noise, which can be important for owners with kids or pets. It is also less expensive than many other flooring options and is easy to install and maintain. Vinyl flooring comes in a broad range of colors and patterns to match every decor, including a variety of lifelike wood grains.
- On the other hand, vinyl floors do not stand up well to heavy loads and can be damaged by sharp objects. Also, colors can fade with exposure to too much direct sunlight and floors can be damaged by extreme temperatures. For that reason, vinyl is not recommended for outdoor or indoor/outdoor uses.
How to Care for Your Vinyl Tiles
Sometimes beauty requires more maintenance than it’s worth. That’s not the case with vinyl flooring. Help keep your new vinyl looking great by following all manufacturer recommendations. Cleaning vinyl can be simple:
- Sweep up spills, crumbs, dust, and dirt into piles. Use a vacuum without beater bars or mechanisms which could scuff your floor at least once a week.
- If mopping up a mess, avoid using harsh chemicals. Consult manufacturer recommendations if you’re unsure. A mixture of water and mild soap can work wonders for vinyl.
- Vinyl is really versatile, but not invincible. Avoid buffing machines, steel wool, scouring powder, and steam mops. No spill warrants that kind of abuse. Call a professional cleaner if you’re ever unsure.
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