Tile and Vinyl
Ceramic Water Resistance: Glazed ceramic flooring tiles have a protective layer that rests over the material, making them impervious to water and stain penetration. They are also naturally resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions. These properties makes them ideal for use in moist environments such as bathrooms or kitchens.
Unglazed ceramic tiles will need to be sealed in order to protect their surface from liquids. The grout lines in between ceramic tiles are also susceptible to moisture, and will need to be sealed in order to make them impervious to water which can otherwise seep down, weakening the installation and causing the growth of mold.
Durable Ceramic Tile: Ceramic flooring is extremely tough and the tiles are difficult to crack. A quality installation can last for 10 - 20 years and longer if well maintained. If a single tile does crack due to a severe impact, the process of replacing that tile is relatively simple.
Maintenance: Ceramic flooring is fairly easy to care for. Dirt, stains, and liquids all rest on the surface, allowing you to easily wipe or mop them away. Regular maintenance just consists of sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris. If set in stains do occur you can use most heavy duty cleaners without having to worry about damaging the material.
Ceramic Tile Design Options: Modern manufacturing techniques allow ceramic producers to make materials which can be printed in numerous ways. Solid tiles can be mixed and matched in patterns or accented with designs or motifs. They can also be printed to credibly reproduce the look of a number of hardwoods and natural stones. Finally, the tiles themselves can be cut and shaped into triangles, rectangles, and planks.
Ceramic Pricing: Most tiles will cost $5 - $10 per square foot, with bargain basement and premium materials edging those numbers to greater extremes. This makes it a moderately expensive material priced higher than carpet and lower than hardwood. Depending on where it is installed and how it looks a ceramic floor can also add long term value to a property.
Allergen Concerns: Ceramic tiles have a hard, solid surface, that does not tend to attract dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens. When these small debris particles do land on a ceramic floor, they stand out against the surface, making it easy to wipe them away with a mop or sponge. This helps to keep the air free of irritating materials that can be harmful to asthma sufferers.