Pros and Cons

Number one advantage: ease of installation. You typically follow the directions on the box they came in, measuring out the room and marking it so the pattern fits squarely in the room, and install them. A small room can be floored in just a few hours. The second advantage is the wide variety of colors, patterns, and designs available in vinyl tile. It’s extensive. Of course, it’s a resilient vinyl product and carries all the inherent advantages of vinyl.

Probably the greatest disadvantage is that it isn’t continuous like sheet vinyl. That is, standing water can seep through the space between tile and get to the subfloor. In addition, though vinyl tiles typically are manufactured thicker than sheet vinyl, they still may “telegraph” or transmit imperfections in the subfloor. You may need to install an special underlayment, covered in Preparing for Flooring

What Can Go Wrong

Install hard vinyl, not padded vinyl tile flooring in kitchens. A knife dropped on hard vinyl has a lesser chance of penetrating the surface layer than one dropped on padded vinyl. Alternately, place a thin, dense mat in areas where knives will be used or unloaded from a dishwasher or sink rack.

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