Choosing the right flooring options for your home can be a challenge, especially if you have budget restrictions. It can be difficult to have champagne taste on a beer budget—but there are some ways to get around that problem. Groutable vinyl tile is a great way to get the look of ceramic or porcelain tile at a much lower cost. Read on to learn about this effective solution and the advantages of groutable vinyl tile.
What is groutable vinyl tile?
Groutable vinyl tile is exactly what it sounds like: vinyl tile that’s sealed in with grout, just like ceramic and porcelain tile. If you purchase a high-quality, heavy-duty version, it will stand up to regular wear and tear while appearing to be more expensive ceramic or porcelain. You’ll need to make sure that you purchase a specifically groutable version, as well as the manufacturer’s recommended grout type. This will give you the best, most attractive results possible.
Is groutable vinyl tile right for your home?
Not sure whether groutable vinyl tile is a good option for your needs? Here’s a closer look at some of the advantages of groutable vinyl tile, as well as some of the drawbacks:
- Easy installation: Groutable vinyl tile is easy to install—you don’t need to wait for mortar to dry before applying the grout. That means you’ll save time (or money, on labor costs) and your bathroom, kitchen, laundry or other room won’t be out of service for too long.
- Shape your tile the way you want: If you have an irregularly shaped room, groutable vinyl tile is much easier to deal with. Instead of waiting for professionals to cut your ceramic or porcelain tile to fit, all you have to do is use scissors or a utility knife to cut the tile to fit your space.
- Can be laid on top of existing tile: One of the nicest things about groutable vinyl tile is that you don’t have to rip your old flooring out. It can be laid on top of existing tile, so you save time and money on that task.
- Easy to maintain: Groutable vinyl tile is easy to maintain—just sweep it every few days and mop it when dirt starts to build up on the tiles. It will look great for years to come.
- Warm and comfortable: Unlike ceramic and porcelain tile, which can be cold and unforgiving in the winter, vinyl tile is warm and comfortable to walk on—even when the mercury drops.
- Durable: Your groutable vinyl tile will last for years—perhaps even decades—to come. That makes it a great investment.
- Requires more labor than regular tile: Adding grout ensures you’ll expend more labor on groutable vinyl tile than you would with regular vinyl tile—but most people agree the end results are worth it.
- Grout may crack: Some grout may crack over time. It’s best to get a polymer-based grout to avoid this problem.
If you’ve decided groutable vinyl tile would be a good choice for your home, the team at The Floor Source is standing by to help. Call us today to learn more about our selection.
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