Modern-day vinyl tiles are a cinch to clean and a breeze to install
Thanks to state-of- the-art technology and a mind-boggling array of choices, modern-day vinyl tiles scale the heights of possibility. Some take their style cues from nature, with earthy colorations or realistic interpretations of time-worn stone or gnarly planks of wood, while others make a dramatic impact with geometric shapes, mosaic patterns or decorative accents.
A cinch to clean—just sweep or vacuum and occasionally damp mop—and a breeze to install (self-adhesive are more no-muss than glue-down tiles) these durable resilient squares work well in heavily trafficked areas, like kitchens, and in rooms exposed to moisture, like mudrooms and bathrooms.
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The material is strictly modern, while the "barely there" striped pattern and warm colorations are inspired by the 1950's and 1960's. Amtico International's 12-inch-by-12-inch or 18-inch-by-18-inch Linear tile, shown here in graphite, is one for the ages. Also available in olive, vanilla or mocha. Prices approximately $6-7.50 per square foot, not including installation; Amtico
Twilight blue and graphic in pattern, the high-gloss Celano from Armstrong's Signia Collection is not only polished and handsome, it's also a ToughGuard product so it can handle the rough stuff for the life of its 25-year warranty. Prices for these self-adhesive 12-inch-by-12-inch tiles are available upon request; Armstrong
The finish on Amtico International's Lunar metallic tiles is weathered and uneven, for a muted effect that's out of this world, but not totally off in outer space. Available in 12-inch-by-12-inch or 18-inch-by-18-inch sizes and in bronze (shown), burnt gold, copper and lead hues. About $6-7.50 per square foot, not including installation; Amtico
Armstrong's Criswood design looks like a chip off the old block, goes down easy, and requires none of the upkeep of the real deal. These low-gloss, low-cost, 12-inch-by-12-inch faux-wood tiles come in rich russet oak or lighter vintage oak. Available in self-adhesive or dry back with a 5-year limited warranty. Prices available upon request; Armstrong
Want to wipe the slate clean? Try Amtico's European Slate. The tactile texture and blend of particulates create flooring that's far from ordinary looks-wise, but thoroughly utilitarian. Choose from 12-inch-by-12-inch or 18-inch-by-18-inch sizes or step out of the box with 9-inch-by-18-inch oblong tiles. Available in blue, black, and dark grey (shown). Prices approximately $6-7.50 per square foot, not including installation; Amtico
Dressed in black (shown) or beige, the Cerran II from Armstrong's Abingdon Collection leaves a lasting impression. The high-gloss, 12-inch-by-12-inch-tiles are finished with a urethane no-wax wear surface and available with a 10-year limited warranty. Prices available upon request; Armstrong
The look of earthy, pigmented contemporary concrete, the easy-as-pie upkeep of vinyl: Amtico International hits that sweet spot with 12-inch-by-12-inch or 18-inch-by 18-inch Stained Concrete tiles, shown in moss bordering Amitco's Linear olive tiles. They're also available in chocolate, tan or ochre. About$6-7.50 per square foot, not including installation; Amtico
The look of intricate mosaic tiles, the ease of self-adhering 12-inch-by-12-inch ZipStik vinyl squares—it all comes together in this muted but elegant, high-gloss, no-wax wear Park Terrace pattern from Congoleum's Reflection Collection. Standard Limited Warranty of one year. Prices available upon request; Congoleum
Congoleum dressed up the bath with the classic Tuxedo pattern from its Intrigue collection, a no-wax, high-gloss tile with a surface that resists dirt and scuffs. Choose from the 12-inch-by-12-inch Harlequin (shown) or classy White Porcelain, both with self-adhesive backing and a 10–12 year limited warranty. Prices available upon request; Congoleum