There’s no doubt that flooring is a crucial aspect in interior design, especially since different textures and colours we get from flooring can drastically change the look and feel of the home. With exceptionally desirable characteristics like low cost and high performance, vinyl floors have found their way into many Singaporean homes. That being said, many homeowners still face the dilemma of “tiles vs vinyl flooring”. If you are struggling between these two floor choices, read on as we weigh the pros and cons of tile and vinyl flooring. STYLE Vinyl flooring is incredibly versatile and can mimic the look of other flooring (eg. tiles, hardwood, stone etc). They come in various patterns and colours so the aesthetic possibilities are endless! The texture of vinyl flooring, however, is uniformly smooth. So if you’re looking for flooring that looks and feels authentic and certainly more luxurious, porcelain or ceramic tiles may suit you better. DURABILITY While both are comparable in terms of durability, heavy duty porcelain tiles can definitely outlast vinyl flooring. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are definitely more scratch resistant as compared to vinyl flooring although both types of flooring are commonly water resistant. MAINTENANCE Vinyl flooring is rather convenient as it requires minimal maintenance. It already comes with an alluring sheen so it only needs basic cleaning. However, vinyl floors are bound to lose the sheen over time and should be recoated when necessary. When it comes to tiles, maintenance really depends on the quality of the tiles as well as the texture of the tiles (eg. smooth matte, ribbed, polished etc). FAMILY PRACTICALITY Vinyl flooring is unquestionably more suitable for children and elderly as it is more likely to ensure their safety due to its resiliency and comparatively soft and smooth surface of the material. COST & INSTALLATION While porcelain and ceramic tiles are relatively affordable, vinyl flooring is exceptionally inexpensive. On top of that, installation of vinyl flooring is usually cost-effective as it can be installed on top of any even-surfaced floor. This means that you won’t have to spend money on removing your old flooring. Moreover, installing vinyl flooring is a rather straightforward process and could be done as a DIY (although hiring a professional to install it would probably produce better results) while installing tiles is a more complex process that requires professional help.
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