from nearly anything you drop on it. Should the tile get scratched, it can easily be buffed out. Tile is also highly stain resistant and still fairly inexpensive at $2-$9 a square foot. Tile is also advantageous from a design perspective, as there is a nearly unlimited number of options available for creating eye-catching designs. Naturally, the same caution about those designs mentioned with linoleum applies here. Additionally, ceramic's strengths are also often weaknesses in other ways. That same durability can lead to breaking anything you do drop on it. And if the tile does chip, it can be very difficult to do a quality repair job on your own. Tile can also be harder on your feet, making you want to rush back to those carpeted areas. Dirt also tends to collect in the grout lines, making it difficult to clean.


Vinyl is commonly found in many kitchens and bathrooms in middle-class neighbourhoods across the country. It is easy to clean if done quickly and is also the cheapest option available at $1-$7 a square foot. If comfort is an issue, this is the most comfortable option other than carpet. Unfortunately, that affordability comes at the price of durability. Vinyl is easily scratched, with repairs generally requiring a professional to come in and replace whole sections of the floor. It can also be susceptible to water damage if laid down in tile form, as liquids will find their way between the seams. The technology behind Vinyl tile and Vinyl strip flooring is getting better all the time. Newer, higher-end vinyls are waterproof and thicker. However, water may seep between the joints, so water should be mopped up immediately. Overall, they are an economical choice.


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