Vinyl Floors: Material Versatility at Its Finest!

If you’ve seen the interior design of many homes in the 60’s and 70’s, you’d be amazed at the power of vinyl floors to create stunning designs and effects on rooms. Nowadays, the materials used on this particular type of floor have evolved so much in terms of resiliency to use and in style diversity.

How is it made?
Basically, the manufacturing process revolves around the creation of different layers of materials. Vinyl is used as the core layer and a design layer (usually with prints) is put on top of it. The final vinyl layer is laid over the design. This is referred to as the wear layer because it is the one that will be exposed to the usual activities after installation. Experts use the rotogravure process when printing the design.

What options are available?
Design options are virtually unlimited. Manufacturers can customize designs according to the needs and requirements given by their customers. The best thing about vinyl floors is that it can be designed to simulate the looks of common flooring materials. These include stone, wood, and ceramic tiles. A homeowner can express his or her creativity through the designs that will be used on these vinyl flooring materials. The floor can be laid with vinyl sheets or tiles.


What benefits can be expected?
Homeowners can expect modern vinyl flooring materials to be highly durable even when installed on areas of their house with heavy foot traffic. The surface minimizes noise and resists liquid spills. This means that families with small kids and pets can benefit a lot from this type of floor. In terms of cost and ease of installation, homeowners will have almost nothing to worry about. Vinyl floors are less costly and less messy to install than ceramic tiles. Current industry statistics show that professional installers charge an average of $3 to $4 per square foot. Costs can vary according to the type, availability, quality, and design of the chosen material.

Are there special maintenance and care requirements?


Vinyl flooring needs to be cleaned regularly. This is to avoid the accumulation and seepage of dust into the inner layers. Sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning with the use of wet mop should be done to keep the appearance of the floor pristine. There are cleaning agents or products that can be used to deal with deep stains. Recommendations from the installer or your local flooring material store should be sought for this matter.

When properly taken care of, your vinyl floor should last for many years before needing actual replacement.

Tile Floors: Beauty and Durability Requirements Solved!

Are you concerned about what type of material you’ll be using for the house of your dreams? Homeowners all over the world have a common requirement when it comes to this matter. They all want something that’s beautiful and which can last the test of time.

For this matter, tile floors are a common choice. This type of floor satisfies the need of a homeowner for beauty and durability. Such material is so popular that for the period from 2009 to 2015, sale of ceramic tiles in the US alone increased from 1.8 million to 2.7 million square feet per year.

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Choosing this type of flooring gives homeowners many benefits. For starters, tiles are easy to install. There are DIY guides and tutorials that can be used by homeowners if they don’t want to hire professional tile installers. Secondly, there are many design options to choose from. There are tiles that are manufactured to suit specific home themes and designs. Last of all, tile floors are easy to clean and maintain. Regular sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping with a damp cloth should keep the tiles beautiful and clean.

Now, what are a homeowners options when it comes to the tiles that can be installed on the floor? Basically, he or she can choose from the following:

Glazed tiles: During the manufacturing process, the ceramic tile is coated with minerals and other staining agents. The glazing stage makes its surface hard and shiny. Manufacturers can give the surface a smooth, semi-smooth, or rough finish, depending upon the purpose of use.

Unglazed tiles: These tiles are similar to the ones mentioned above, except for the absence of a protective surface coating. This makes it easier for manufacturers to customize the design of every batch they make. These tiles are commonly used for outdoor parts of a house like patios and driveways because of its non-slip surface.

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Porcelain tiles: This tile type offers maximum durability and aesthetic quality. Designs are permeated much deeper during the manufacturing process. This gives it a unique yet pronounced overall visual impact.

Tile flooring materials can eat up a significant portion of a homeowner’s budget, most especially during renovation or remodeling projects. Proper planning and consultations with professional installers and interior designers should be done even before the first tile is bought.

Beautiful and durable tile floors can significantly improve the overall value of a residential property. It will also add to the improvement in the ambiance of a home. Choose it and enjoy its benefits!