Tiles and vinyl flooring are different and always will be. In the rooms of the house vinyl and laminate flooring are close contenders. But in the context of the bathroom, the laminate floor certainly falls away. On the one hand, vinyl and tiles share qualities such as excellent water resistance, which are clearly missing from other coatings such as wood and laminate. Do you want the bathroom repairs completed in two days? Then the vinyl sheet is the clear answer. Let’s compare the two materials.
Vinyl sheets are easier to install than ceramic or porcelain tiles. The tiles cannot be installed dry. Mortar are always required. No one has invented a self-adhesive flooring solution yet. Vinyl is easy to cut, glued to a clean surface, and only fills the gap between the sheets.
Tiles generally tends to look very good. Bad tiles abound on the market. Putting the worst ceramic tile against the highest quality luxury vinyl flooring is not a race: vinyl wins. Especially with the variety of designs available.
Vinyl sheets mount faster than tiles. In a 120 square foot bathroom installation, you can lay the entire vinyl flooring for about 3 hours without including toilet removal and re-installation.
Vinyl flooring and ceramic tiles are comparable in terms of water resistance. The face of the vinyl sheet is 100% watertight. The face of the ceramic tile is defined as impermeable, though strictly viewed, not as it has a degree of water absorption <0.5%, as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Both products are suitable for wet rooms and bathrooms. Comparing them, they have similar moisture resistance and resistance over time. In price both products can also compete because the market offers a different class of tiles. But vinyl is much easier to assemble and disassemble, the variety of patterns is also something that tiles can’t offer.