The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Tile


As “thin, flat, or convex slabs of hard material such as baked clay or plastic, laid in rows to cover walls, floors, and roofs,” vinyl certainly qualifies as tile, according to the definition of tile as listed by The American Heritage Dictionary. Despite its considerable differences in material from ceramic, stone or porcelain, vinyl is often disqualified from the ranks of tile. Yet, for your clients looking for discount vinyl tile, there are often fewer choices that are more cost-effective.

Its primary advantage over any other tile or flooring material is simply in its value and cost-effectiveness. Vinyl tile is considerably cheaper than its ceramic, stone or porcelain counterparts, in both the purchase of the material and installation.

Additionally, another convenience about vinyl over other tile materials is that it can be installed easily. Peel-and-stick vinyl is designed for its simplicity and ease of installation, which provides a great number of benefits to contractors and interior decorators looking to create an overhaul on the floor.

Due to its manufactured qualities, there are a couple of other advantages that can be derived from using vinyl tile over other materials. Vinyl is produced to be resilient, yet flexible and bendable. This resilience and flexibility can come in handy when dealing with a floor with excessive movement or cracks, where often times vinyl might be the only feasible solution, according to an  audience poll from HGTV. Its manufactured origin also means that almost any pattern or color can be created, allowing your client virtually unlimited creativity.

This manufactured quality can also be a con, however. Vinyl displays less natural beauty than genuine ceramic or stone, and the fact that it was produced in a factory certainly shows. Vinyl is also not an ideal material for use in wet environments, effectively taking it out of the running for kitchens and bathrooms. Water can easily seep into tile seams, accumulating dirt and moisture and creating maintenance or adhesive issues for your floor.

Nevertheless, for your client looking for affordable wholesale tile, vinyl is often a great solution. Consider the Harding Luxury Plus Roeper line of vinyl, with the appearance of wood. Or the Vega II Sunberry from Mannington, which appears to be stone from a distance. This variety in design and versatility in look suggests that discount vinyl tile is a great flooring choice.

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7 responses to “The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Tile

  1. IT is more resistant to chips and damage from dropped objects compared to ceramic or stone.
    I prefer vinyl over ceramic and stone for it’s thermal, sound and comfort benefits as well as chip/dent resistance.

  2. Gary, certified master installer

    Need to get your facts straight about vinyl and composite tile, ie LVT
    before posting, and misleading many.

    • The details in this post were not misleading. Overall, there are many entry level and premium grades of vinyl tile, so the performance of the product will vary. The points presented in this blog are balanced simply because vinyl tile is a hot commodity in flooring at the moment, but its not a wonder floor. Thanks for reviewing the article!

  3. I find this section of the article surprising
    “Vinyl is also not an ideal material for use in wet environments, effectively taking it out of the running for kitchens and bathrooms.”
    So many people recommend or search for vinyl based on it’s ability to withstand water… interesting.

    • Both resilient floor coverings, linoleum and vinyl, can be bought on a roll (sheets) or as tiles. One full sheet of linoleum or vinyl is preferable for bathrooms, in wet areas where it is recommended to have less seams as possible. The moisture can penetrate through the seams and harm the sub-floor, which could result in peaking and cupping over time. Vinyl and linoleum tiles are easier to handle and to install. They are a good option for non-wet areas, but ideally its good to be mindful of seams in bathroom, kitchens and other spaces that are regularly exposed to water and other liquids. .

  4. Personally, the reference to “according to HGTV”..had me shrug my shoulders and say “what the flip do i care what HGTV has to say about it”. Enjoyed the article, think vinyl is great and tile is not what it is cracked up to be….

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