Flooring: Tile VS Vinyl Plank

By Paige Neal on December, 21 2023
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Paige Neal
Paige Neal

Design Specialist
Paige has a background in marketing and passion for design & home décor. She loves bringing different colors together to make a space beautiful and feel like home.

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home, there are two popular options that often come up: tile and vinyl plank. Tile flooring comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and shapes, so you can create an aesthetic that is truly unique to your home and style. Vinyl plank flooring mimics the look of real wood and is available in a wide range of colors. Both of these choices have their own unique qualities and advantages, so it's important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.



There are notable differences in the material composition of tile and vinyl plank flooring. Tile flooring is typically made from natural materials such as ceramic, porcelain, or stone. These materials are known for their durability and longevity, making tile a popular choice for high-traffic areas. On the other hand, vinyl plank flooring is made from synthetic materials, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and various additives. This composition makes vinyl plank flooring resistant to moisture and scratches while also providing a realistic wood-like appearance. Both options have their own unique benefits, so it's important to assess your specific needs and preferences before making a decision.



The installation of these flooring types varies quite a bit. For tile, a layer of thin-set mortar is applied to the subfloor, and the tiles are then carefully placed on top. Once all tiles are in place, grout is applied to the gaps between each tile and wiped clean.  When it comes to installing vinyl plank floors, there are several methods of installation. Vinyl planks can be glued down to the subfloor or installed to 'float' on top. Floating vinyl plank floors are designed to be installed without adhesive or nails. They are laid directly on top of the subfloor, typically made with a tongue-and-groove system, allowing them to fit seamlessly together. Once all the planks are in place, the floor is ready to be enjoyed. This installation method also makes it easy to replace individual planks if they become damaged or worn over time. All Omega homes come with tile flooring included in the kitchen/dining , bathrooms, hallways, and entrance areas. We also offer a variety of vinyl flooring options, which are always installed using the floating method.



Tile flooring is known for its durability and timeless appeal. It can withstand heavy foot traffic and is resistant to scratches and water damage.  Vinyl plank flooring is another family-friendly option that is water resistant and scratch-proof. Both tile and vinyl plank can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, as opposed to other flooring options such as hardwood or laminate. When considering durability, either option is a great choice.



When it comes to maintenance, vinyl plank flooring has an edge over tile. The cleaning of tile flooring is more intensive because it also involves grout. Unlike vinyl plank flooring, tile requires a bit more effort to keep it looking pristine, but a little bit of regular cleaning can go a long way. Over time, grout can loosen and dislodge, and individual tiles can even crack in rare instances. The key is to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbing tools that can weaken the grout. It is recommended to vacuum, sweep, or dust mop prior to using a liquid cleaner. A neutral cleaner (pH 7) is recommended to avoid breaking down the grout moisture barrier.

Vinyl plank flooring is relatively low-maintenance compared to tile. Simply sweeping or vacuuming regularly and occasionally damp mopping is usually enough to keep it clean and in good condition. 


While both options have their own merits, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your home. So, whether you prioritize durability or cost-effectiveness, make sure to carefully consider all factors before choosing between tile and vinyl plank flooring for your first home.


Vinyl in Kitchen
Vinyl flooring is water resistant and can be added in the kitchen
Tile Floor
Tile flooring brightens up the room
Warm vinyl floor
Vinyl Flooring
Tile in Kitchen
Tile flooring is very durable and included in all Omega kitchens
Wood-look vinyl plank
Wood-look vinyl plank

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