The way that vinyl is produced these days makes it possible to purchase a vinyl flooring that is visually indistinguishable from other types of flooring. Ceramic tile, hardwood and natural stone can be expertly faked with one of the high end vinyls that we offer here at Alfred's Carpet & Decorating. Beyond appearances though, there are many differences between vinyl and other types of material that you should consider before deciding which kind of floor covering will be best for your home. You’ve come to the right place to see how vinyl stacks up against other types of flooring!
- Durability: While ceramic tiles are much harder than vinyl, they're also much more rigid. This means that situations where ceramic tiles might crack or chip wouldn't be an issue for vinyl. Ceramic tile, however, won't tear the way that vinyl can. Ceramic tile is waterproof and fireproof, while vinyl is only water and fire resistant, but ceramic tile is vulnerable and weak at the grout lines. Vinyl has no such vulnerability.
- Ease of maintenance and repair: Both materials take roughly the same amount of maintenance, but repairing vinyl is much easier than repairing tile. It requires fewer tools, adhesives, and less expertise. Both should be repaired only by professionals.
- Cost: Vinyl costs quite a bit less than ceramic tile.