Vinyl Floor Tiles: Good or Bad?

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The decision on what kind of floor to install can be a difficult one, particularly if you are on a tight budget. Flooring needs to hold up to traffic while providing value. Vinyl tile floors are a good option for those looking for an inexpensive choice and a wide array of possible colors and patterns.

Cost and Value

  • Vinyl tile floors are among the cheapest flooring options on the market. While the initial cost is low, vinyl floors typically don't last as long as other choices such as wood or stone. They also fail to add value to homes they are installed in. Vinyl tiles are lightweight compared to wood, stone or laminate. This means you can save money on installation and transportation costs. Vinyl tile also doesn't require any expensive specialized cleaning products.

Durability

  • Vinyl tile floors are fine in terms of dealing with foot traffic from people and animals, but they can tear and rip if you drop items on them or snag them. Vinyl floors give when you step on them, so if you slip and fall, you are unlikely to damage the floor or your body. Vinyl tiles are not damaged or warped by water or heat, so they work well in kitchens and bathrooms.

Aesthetics

  • Since they are created synthetically, vinyl tiles can be customized to any color or design you want. This lets you match them with any room or home theme. They are often created to imitate other materials at a lower price. Vinyl floors are soft to the touch, which means they don't put as much pressure on your feet and knees as harder materials. Vinyl also feels cool to the touch.

Maintenance

  • Vinyl tiles can be cleaned with hot water, soap and a mop. You can also use a mild cleaning detergent. Vinyl floors don't get dirty easily since messes sit directly on top of the surface. While vinyl tile floors are mostly easy to deal with, one concern is the grout lines that separate each tile. Debris tends to collect in these lines, and you may need to use extra effort to make sure all of it is taken care of while you are cleaning.

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