Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile is a unique material made of composite, layered construction. As with other types of flooring, vinyl tile is made up of several layers. These layers consist of protective wear, protective clear, printed design, and the vinyl backing. In this article, we wanted to go into a summary of these layers, as well as design tips to consider.

Protective Wear

The protective wear layer is made from urethane, along with a variety of other layers designed specifically for high performance. Because the urethane makes vinyl tile easy to clean, it has become a popular choice. This type of material is also a great option because it resists wear and tear, as well as scuffs and scratches. With this option, you would have a choice of regular urethane, or you could choose a higher quality urethane for even more protection. Now, if you decide you need to stick with a strict budget, then you can choose vinyl tile without wax, but you also lose some of the protectiveness.

Protective Clear

The protective clear film layer of vinyl tile is designed specifically for adding more protection against thing such as gouges, rips, and tears. Additionally, the vinyl tile is much stronger and more durable. For the printed design layer, whatever coloring or pattern in the tile is impregnated with this process. That way, the design is through and through, giving the tile a natural look of wood, stone, and so on. Finally, the backing used for vinyl tile is what gives overall structural strength to the flooring.


For design, you will be amazed at the wide selection of design options available. Some styles are very traditional, while other designs again, resemble natural stone or wood. Vinyl tile comes in many wonderful colors, perfect for complementing any room of the home. Because vinyl tile is so easy to install, it makes the perfect project for the weekend warrior.

You can choose from different colors and/or patterns to create a unique style or go with something more simplistic. Regardless, you will have a professional looking floor installed by you in little time and with little expense. In addition to beauty and ease of installation, vinyl tile is also affordable. Whether choosing standard tiles that measure 8x8 inches, you can now find vinyl tile in other sizes such as 12x12 and 18x18 inches.

Other Tips

When buying vinyl tile, you want to keep a few things in mind. For starters, you will get better results visually if the vinyl tiles are placed on the floor prior to installing them permanently. That way, you can see the design and make any changes before adhesive is used. Another great tip is to shuffle the tiles, much as you would a deck of cards. With this, color variations between boxes are mixed so you have a more coordinated look. Then, always check on the back of the vinyl tiles so you can see the arrows for proper installation.

In the first part of Vinyl Tile, we went over the make up of the material, as well as some information on design and installation. In this second part, we wanted to talk about the best areas of the home for using vinyl tile, durability, care, and cost. Vinyl tile is much better than it was years ago, providing you with a gorgeous, durable, and affordable flooring option.


For years, people typically used vinyl tile in the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. While these remain popular rooms, it can also be used in any room of the home. The main reasons are that vinyl tile now comes in designs that resemble real wood and natural stone. Additionally, while you can still purchase 8x8 inch tile, this material also comes in much larger tile squares, giving the room a more dramatic and formal appearance.


Then, you also need to consider that vinyl tile is made with much better materials and with advanced techniques that make the material strong, durable, easy to clean, and a breeze to install. The only thing you want to remember is that any spilled water should be cleaned up right away so it does not pool, which could get under the tile, causing rippling or peeling. The problem in this case is not so much the vinyl but the adhesive used for installation.


Vinyl tile is amazingly durable, often backed with a five to 20 year warranty, which would vary depending on quality. However, if you choose the highest performance urethane protective layer, the tile will last the longest. Now, if you find yourself on a budget, you can go with a lower level of urethane but remember that this means some of the durability would be lost. Even so, one of the main benefits to vinyl tile is that if a piece is damaged, it can easily be replaced, unlike vinyl sheeting.


For care, vinyl tile usually only needs to be swept up and moped occasionally with clean water. If you decide to use a floor cleaner, make sure you use only what the manufacturer recommends. Always avoid any type of abrasive cleaner in that it can damage the surface of the tile. In fact, your vinyl tile should never be waxed, which causes the special wear layer to become damaged or dulled.


For price, this will vary depending on quality, as well as the brand you buy. However, for vinyl tile, you would expect to pay as little as .29 per square foot, up to $4.00 per square foot. To get the best deal, we recommend you spend a little time comparison shopping, watching for closeout or year-end sales.