Ceramic floor tiles have been a long-standing favourite for both commercial and residential kitchens. Ceramic tiles are durable and come in attractive designs, but vinyl flooring brings far better value for money and greater flexibility, as well as other benefits. Vinyl has the ability to replicate the look of ceramic tiles, but it comes with far more advantages than the real product. In this article, we’ll detail 5 advantages of vinyl flooring over traditional ceramic in your kitchen.
Better Acoustic Performance
Vinyl flooring is softer and more flexible than ceramic tiles (and lighter too!), meaning it has better sound absorption properties. Kitchens, especially commercial ones, can be particularly noisy environments, and noise can echo and reverberate around the room when hard floor surfaces are used. These acoustic properties are particularly advantageous for noisy commercial kitchens, apartments with downstairs neighbours, or upside-down houses where the kitchen sits above the bedrooms.
Less Prone to Damage
Whilst ceramic’s strongest characteristic is in its stability, this is also one of its greatest downfalls. Whilst sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles can flex and absorb impact from dropped objects without damage, ceramic tiles are prone to cracking and breaking as there is no give in it. Vinyl is extremely resilient, even in busy commercial environments, and it’s easy to replace or repair a damaged vinyl tile or sheet vinyl floor if damage does occur. Ceramic tiles are considerably more hassle to repair or replace by comparison.
Hygiene is important, particularly in commercial kitchens. Ceramic tiles are set with grout, which can harbour germs, dirt, crumbs and other grit. Grout is also very prone to mould, which is as unhygienic as it is unsightly. Germs and mould can also hide in any chips, cracks or broken tiles. Both Luxury vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl flooring is installed seamlessly, without grout, for a smooth and sleek finish. Not only does this provide better cleanliness than ceramic, it’s also far easier to clean (see below).
As mentioned above, vinyl floors are smooth and seamless, making them much easier to clean than ceramic tiles. Cleaning in all the grout grooves of ceramic tiles is time-consuming, and requires regular deep cleaning, particularly in commercial environments, to prevent staining or discolouration of the grout and a build-up of dirt. Vinyl floors are exceptionally easy to clean and maintain by comparison.
In commercial kitchens or homes with children or the elderly, it’s important to consider the safety of your flooring. When wet, ceramic tiles become very slippery, making them particularly hazardous in commercial environments. Not only is the risk of slipping higher, but ceramic’s hard, rigid surface won’t provide a soft landing for anyone who happens to slip or fall. Luxury vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl has better slip resistance than ceramic, with some brands even offering specific slip-resistant tiles or safety flooring for use in wet areas. Vinyl is softer and more flexible, reducing the risk of injury when compared to ceramic.
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