Types of Flooring Articles

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

When you need to choose flooring for your home, there are a lot of different options available. Empire Flooring offers carpet and hardwood, ceramic, and vinyl flooring just to name a few of the various choices available. Many homeowners and decorators, especially those who are on a budget, end up with vinyl flooring in their home. Like any flooring material, there are both pros and cons to vinyl. Here are a few of the major advantages and disadvantages of choosing vinyl flooring.

Advantages of Vinyl Flooring

    • Generally Affordable:

One of the great advantages of using vinyl flooring in the home is that it is an affordable choice. While it is typically on par with budget carpets, vinyl is usually much cheaper than hardwood flooring, stone tiles or ceramic tiles. If you are on a tight budget, then choosing vinyl flooring for the home is a smart decision.

    • Cleaning and Maintenance is Simple:

The amount of cleaning and maintenance that a flooring type requires should be a factor in the final decision. Stone tiles, for example, look wonderful but require a lot of upkeep in order to keep them looking that way. Vinyl is comparatively easier to care for, and typical cleaning involves little more than regular sweeping and mopping in the space.

    • Comfortable to Stand On:

Hard flooring surfaces can be very uncomfortable to sit or stand on for long periods of time. If you are regularly on your feet while cooking, for instance, you will want to opt for flooring that feels great for your feet.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

    • Rips are Difficult to Fix:

When pets or heavy furniture creates a rip or nick in vinyl flooring, it is expensive and difficult to fix. Thankfully, the durability of vinyl means that those kinds of accidents can easily be avoided by clipping the toenails of any pets and not wearing high heels on vinyl flooring.

    • DIY Installation May be a Challenge:

In order for vinyl to look its best, the seams need to be lined up perfectly between the tiles or sheets. In order to achieve that look, and to also ensure that the vinyl doesn’t move after installation, professional assistance is usually needed.
Thankfully, Empire Flooring can professionally install for you.

    • Removing Vinyl is Tough:

The standard practice when vinyl needs to be replaced is to install a new layer of flooring right on top of the old one, which is usually not a problem. Unfortunately, trying to remove vinyl from flooring is very difficult, and it requires professional tools and heavy equipment. However, if you don’t plan to remove the vinyl in the foreseeable future, this should not be an issue at all.

It is clear to see that there are both pros and cons of choosing vinyl flooring. With this information, however, you can make the decision about whether this is the best flooring option in your own home.

What to Expect from Ceramic and Porcelain Flooring Tiles

If you are interested in tiling the floors in your kitchen, living room, laundry room or bathroom, you have probably given some thought to ceramic or porcelain tiles. Despite their popularity, a lot of homeowners and decorators aren’t sure what to expect when choosing, buying, installing or maintaining these flooring materials. Here is everything you can expect when you choose ceramic and porcelain tiles from Empire Flooring.

What is the Difference Between Ceramic and Porcelain?

Many shoppers are confused when they see ceramic and porcelain tiles for sale. Ceramic tile is a big classification, and it includes any tiles that are made from clay, or a partially-clay mixture, and then dried in a kiln. Some of the ceramic tiles on the market are made from porcelain, but not all are. The general rule of thumb is that while all porcelain tiles are ceramic, not all ceramic tiles are porcelain.

Understanding the Price Point of Ceramic Flooring Tile

It is impossible to estimate the price of ceramic flooring tile in a home until you have the specific measurements, know what kind of tile you are interested in and have found a great company, like Empire Flooring, through which to purchase the tile. However, you can have a better idea of how ceramic tile costs compare to other flooring options. Affordable carpet and vinyl are typically cheaper than ceramic, and options like natural stone tiles and hardwood are generally more expensive. Keep in mind that prices will ultimately depend on your choice and the quality of the product.

Installing Ceramic Flooring Tiles

Although it is possible to install ceramic flooring tiles on your own, Empire Flooring offers professional, Next Day* Installation. This is a fast and efficient way to get the floor you want in a hurry, and the professional service means that you won’t have to worry about renting expensive equipment or leaning how to use it on short notice. Keep in mind that professional installation requires someone to be at home for the process to verify the tile choices and keep pets or young children away from the area.

Basic Tips For Cleaning and Maintenance

Once you have the ceramic flooring tiles installed in your home, you will need to know how to care for them in order to keep them looking great for as long as possible. By attaching felt pads to the bottom of your heavy furniture and removing high heels inside, you can prevent the tiles from dents and dings. By sweeping or vacuuming the floor regularly, you can also remove the tiny dust and dirt particles that may be able to scratch the surface of the tile. Ensuring that the grout in between the tiles also stays clean is the key to enjoying an attractive floor for years to come.

By understanding what to expect when it comes to choosing ceramic and porcelain flooring tiles, buying them, having them installed and maintaining them in the future, you can decide if they are the right decision for your own home.

*CARPET & FLOORING: Next Day Installation on in-stock styles only. In select areas, Next Day Installation may not be available every day. Floor preparation may add to installation time.