The benefits of installing vinyl plank flooring over ceramic tile

When it comes to installing a new floor, homeowners have a lot of options to consider when selecting the right type of flooring product. There are several things that must be considered such as the room the floor is to be installed in, the design and color scheme desired, and of course, the cost of the product. Taking all these factors into account, a homeowner will discover there are inherent benefits to installing vinyl plank flooring in lieu of ceramic tile.

Ceramic tile is most often installed in potentially wet locations such as the basement, kitchens, and bathrooms due to the exceptional ability to resist moisture damage. However, most people would not want to install vinyl plank floors in their bathroom for obvious reasons. Although somewhat moisture resistant, it offers far less protection against water damage than a ceramic tile floor. However, that does not mean that homeowners can’t consider vinyl plank floors for their basements or kitchens.

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Anyone undertaking a kitchen or basement renovation is going to be concerned, first and foremost, with the overall cost of the project. Installing ceramic tile floors is very labor-intensive and requires a high degree of skill to not only lay the tile floor but to grout it as well.

The labor costs, in addition to the cost of the material, can make installing ceramic tile floors a costly proposition. Depending on your selection, some tiles can cost upwards of $10 per square foot.  Homeowners who choose to incorporate accent tiles or borders in your tile pattern will find that this drives the cost up even higher. Custom accents and border tiles can cost up to $12 per linear foot.

Vinyl plank floors not only cost less than ceramic tiles per square foot, but they also take considerably less time to install. These floors require no mortar bed like ceramic tile, nor do they require expensive equipment to complete cutting the tiles. All that’s required to install these floors are a minimal number of tools and very little experience.

Vinyl plank floors do require an underlayment that will have to be installed between the sub-floor and vinyl floor. This underlayment acts as both a vapor barrier and a sound barrier beneath the vinyl floor. After the underlayment is installed, the vinyl floor planks fit together using interlocking seams. No glue or nailing is required to install these floors. The material itself can cost $2 to $5 a square foot which offers some big savings over ceramic tile floors.

Renovating your basement or kitchen or any floor for that matter can be a stressful task. Not only are homeowners concerned about the overall look of the final project but equally important is the final cost of the project as well. By carefully reviewing their options, homeowners and consumers can find both a cost-effective and beautiful floor.

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