When it comes to finishing or refinish a house just about everyone starts with dreams that most closely resemble an episode of Home Improvement or even MTV Cribs. The only problem is that few people have the salaries of NFL quarterbacks or successful recording artists, and thus more than a few concessions have to be made. Consider making the first sacrifices in rooms that are less likely to be visited by guests and/or have a more utilitarian function than the dining room or living room. For example consider starting by removing the gorgeous tiles one planned on buying for the bathroom, kitchen and basement and replace them with most cost-effective Karndean Opus vinyl tiles.
While the term cheap carries a negative connotation, and some might argue that some of the cheap vinyl tiles on the market deserve such a derogatory classification, the fact is that there are also cheap vinyl tiles that are not horrible to look at and are likely to last until one is financially prepared to undertake another upgrade of their home or other property. Breaking the upgrade process in half by using cheap vinyl tiles that will eventually be replaced might be a touch on the wasteful side, but it is likely to be a smarter move in the long run as it keeps more money in the bank now and lets one set their goals higher the next time the home improvement itch needs a good scratch.
One alternative to cheap vinyl tiles is simply to leave the existing flooring in place. This approach makes more environmental sense most of the time but there are many reasons not to bypass re-flooring. One of the biggest reasons is that any other recent changes to the home may seem out of place without new flooring in the kitchen, bathroom or even the basement if it is used frequently. Another reason why using cheap vinyl tiles instead of opting to neglect flooring upgrades is that vinyl tiles are very durable and may last longer than existing flooring options. This, in turn, gives one longer to save and decide what their next option will be when it comes to home improvements.
Any well-informed decision regarding cheap vinyl tiles or any other form of home improvement will need to factor in the cost. The good news is that cheap vinyl tiles are, for lack of a better word, cheap in the financial sense of the word rather than the durable or qualitative sense of the word. On the whole vinyl tiles are fairly inexpensive, with the cheapest of vinyl tiles costing around $1 to $1.10 per square foot without sacrificing looks or quality. There are less expensive options for those hoping to gold plate their home entertainment system as well as more expensive options for those that desire a tiny bit more class.