The pressures of installing flooring in a building can be easily met by the many benefits of the different types of flooring options available. However, when you’re stuck between two great materials like vinyl and porcelain tile, you may be hard-pressed to make a final decision. How will these types of floors benefit or hinder my building? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you continue your planning.
Porcelain is a green-friendly material that can be made into different styles and designs to achieve a specific atmosphere. It’s made from earthen clays, processed and combined with water and fire, to create its hardened, flat-surfaced exterior. The material itself, however, is not flammable, and does not emit any allergens or odors that could otherwise impede on any foot traffic. And it is designed for longer-lasting applications, so you won’t have to renovate for many years.
However, with porcelain’s many benefits, there are a few drawbacks to consider. Porcelain, as a material, is heavier than its competing options, so when planning on installing flooring in a building, porcelain is best used on the first floor of a building as opposed to higher floors. And the initial investment for a long-lasting floor means that the cost of maintenance and upkeep is more front-loaded, as it is one of the more expensive materials. Yet due to its durability, the amount saved over the years should be a worthy ROI.
Vinyl is more than just a beautiful material for installing flooring in a building – it’s one of the most practical flooring applications available. Whether you’re deciding on industry standard or luxury vinyl options, you’ll have the ability to customize its appearance to fit your room’s existing decor. It is both a low maintenance option and water resistant, making cleaning and upkeep an overall breeze.
On the other hand, vinyl may not be the best option for those looking for environmentally-friendly options in their building flooring installation. Vinyl lacks the biodegradable nature that porcelain contains, and ends up taking up space in landfills due to low recycling turnout. It can also be difficult to repair if damaged, and will inevitably lead to replacement. However, it’s important to keep in mind that vinyl flooring damage is minimal when installed and treated correctly, proving it to still be a worthy investment of resources.
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