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Ceramic Vs Vinyl Flooring: What’s best for your kitchen?
Posted: 1st August 2018
Different flooring types offer different kinds of benefits to homeowners, so what’s right for one person may not be right for another. Before you make a decision, it’s important to research your options. Here we explain the pros and cons of ceramic and vinyl flooring for your kitchen:
Style and Comfort
Whilst ceramic floors are likely to last forever (unless the tiles become cracked due to human damage), this means that renovation will never be an easy option. Ceramic floors can be messy and expensive to remove and reinstall due to material and labour costs, whereas vinyl flooring is easy to install and reinstall.
Additionally, vinyl flooring does not get cold in the winter and is generally softer underfoot than ceramic tile floors. Ceramic will also get extremely cold in the winter unless you install costly underfloor heating.
Ceramic flooring is one of the most expensive flooring options for your home. Not only are the ceramic materials costly but the hours of labour are also much greater, meaning increased costs. With vinyl tiles, you can achieve the appearance of ceramic without breaking your budget.
Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to install and it is possible to do this project yourself, but you may want to have a professional prepare the subflooring. The main benefit is that vinyl flooring can be ‘dry installed’, whereas Ceramic and porcelain cannot be dry-installed, instead requiring mortar, grout and an experienced professional to complete the work.
Vinyl flooring is renowned for being extremely durable, while also being flexible and resistant to damage. An additional advantage of installing vinyl tiles in your kitchen is that individual pieces can be easily replaced if they are damaged.
Cutting ceramic tiles requires expensive tools and skills—that means costly hours for professionals. So if you happen to damage or crack your ceramic floor tiles, this will be difficult and expensive to repair.
While the tiles themselves are hard and easily brushed or mopped, the grout between ceramic floor tiles can stain easily and can be very difficult to clean, whereas vinyl is extremely easy to clean and is an extremely water-resistant alternative to ceramic, making it ideal for kitchen flooring.
What’s the verdict?
The easy-to-install nature and simple maintenance of vinyl flooring means that it is an ideal flooring solution for those who want functional, stylish and hassle free options. Vinyl is ideal for busy living spaces, and works well in kitchens as well as bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, utility rooms and conservatories. Choose from a selection of authentic looking finishes such as slate tile, limestone tile, oak wood and more.
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