Vinyl vs. Hard Flooring: Which is Better for Your Business?

If you need to install new flooring in your Brea business, you may be overwhelmed with all the options available to you. From carpet to rubber and vinyl to hard flooring, there are hundreds of options across several categories to choose from. How do you know which is right for your needs? Vinyl flooring and hard flooring are the two most popular options for businesses who require something other than carpet. They are remarkably similar in many ways, with high durability and generally low maintenance requirements for both. However, when it comes time to choose just one, which is better for your business?

Damage Resistance

Both hard flooring and vinyl are extremely durable options, but hard flooring is ultimately more resistant to damage than vinyl. Vinyl is a softer material than wood or tile, and it can be torn or scratched by dragged furniture or dropped objects. Tile flooring is more durable than wood or vinyl flooring. It is more resistant to scratches, dents, fading, and other types of damage. It won’t be damaged through daily use, making it ideal for businesses that have high foot traffic or a lot of heavy furniture to be moved around, such as retail spaces and hospitals. 

Maintenance & Cleaning

Vinyl is a popular option because it is one of the easiest types of flooring to maintain. You can clean vinyl flooring using a broom, vacuum, or wet mop. There are no special cleaning products or procedures required for maintaining vinyl floors, making it quick, easy, and affordable to clean. You can even use abrasive cleaners like acetone to remove stubborn marks without damaging the floor. Hard flooring is slightly higher maintenance than vinyl because the grout will require extra scrubbing. There are no special cleaners required for hard flooring, but a simple broom or mop cleaning won’t suffice when it comes to getting the grout completely clean. It’s required that you use a mixture of white vinegar and water with a scrub brush in order to fully clean the grout and maintain your flooring’s original condition. 

Water Resistance

Both vinyl and hard flooring are extremely water-resistant. Vinyl is 100% waterproof, and tile absorbs at a rate of less than 0.5% according to the American Society for Testing and Materials. Although tile is extremely resistant to water and can be used in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and pool areas, vinyl is ultimately the better option if you want to ensure 100% water resistance. It’s important to note that the seaming is where the water is most likely to infiltrate, rather than the flooring’s surface material, so be sure to hire a flooring installation professional that will properly install and seal your flooring the first time. 

Fading & Sun Exposure

Vinyl is prone to fading, whereas hard flooring will not fade over time. Businesses that have large windows and receive a large amount of direct sunlight should choose hard flooring to prevent the need for flooring replacement in a few years’ time. If you have vinyl flooring and receive a lot of light, you should make sure to keep blinds or curtains drawn during the day so as to limit exposure to sunlight and prevent fading. 

Both vinyl and hard flooring are durable and low-maintenance options that will suit a large variety of businesses. Their pros and cons are balanced, and which option you choose is usually going to be a matter of personal preference and available design options. Regardless of which flooring option you feel is best for your business, JKP Flooring will install it to the highest standard. For over 30 years, we’ve provided all of our clients with high-quality and convenient flooring installations alongside unparalleled customer service. To speak to a professional about available options or receive a free estimate on your next project, give us a call at (800) 500-5739 today.