When you grew up, your home may have had linoleum floors. Today's vinyl flooring is nothing like your mother's. You can find vinyl tiles to simulate nearly any look you want. Today's vinyl tile floors are a good choice for inexpensive flooring that lasts.
What Is Vinyl?
Vinyl tiles are composed of layers to create long-lasting floors. First comes a thick backing, then a printed design showing a realistic pattern, and a protective layer to give the tile durability. Better tiles have an additional protective wear layer made of urethane.
Choosing the Right Flooring
You can choose from many flooring materials besides vinyl: linoleum, hardwood, carpet, concrete, laminate, slate, rubber, and bamboo. But your eventual choice will be determined by how the room is used. Vinyl tiles may be installed almost anywhere in a home, including the laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom.
How Much Does It Cost?
Compared to the cost of hardwood flooring, vinyl tile prices are very economical. They range from $0.29 to $4.00 per square foot. Thicker, better quality tiles will be more expensive. And professional installation can add as much as $2.00 per square foot.
Can I Install It Myself?
To change the look of your flooring, this is one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects. There are three methods: glue-less ( adhesive tabs or spray-on adhesive ), peel 'n stick ( the tiles already have glue on the back ), and luxury vinyl, for which you will need adhesive and a trowel. Read the instructions carefully and be sure that the floor has been properly prepared to avoid problems.
How Long Will It Last?
Cheaper vinyl tiles should last at least 5 years; better quality tiles up to 20 years. Proper maintenance can extend their life. Remember, one advantage of having vinyl tiles is that you can easily replace a tile that becomes damaged.
Caring for your floor
Caring for your vinyl tile floor isn't rocket science. Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Sweep it regularly, and mop with a manufacturer's recommended cleaner. Close drapes or blinds to avoid direct sunlight, which can cause tiles to expand or become discolored.
You have a wide variety of flooring to choose from when you're planning to replace the floors in your home. But you should seriously consider installing a vinyl tile floor. They are inexpensive to install and easy to maintain. Once you see the beauty of the finished floor, you'll be glad you did.