Is it better to use sheet vinyl or tiles on a concrete floor for a screened in porch?

Diane R
by Diane R
I have a 13' x 6.5' porch that I want to put a vinyl floor in since my son plays there and it would be easy to clean and warmer on the feet than the concrete but wonder if there would be any advantage to sheet vinyl as opposed to the individual tiles. Also would I have to do anything to the concrete first?
  15 answers
  • 3po3 3po3 on Mar 11, 2012
    You shouldn't have to do anything to the concrete other than clean it thoroughly. If you are trying to do this DIY, you are better off doing the tiles. They are much easier to manage DIY.
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Mar 12, 2012
    Concrete can be a very nice surface if sealed. Then it's washable and easy to care for. I replaced all my individual tiles in the basement (concrete floor) because the seams popped from moisture. I was continuously re-gluing them down. I put in sheet vinyl that looked like hardwood flooring pattern and it is fabulous! Sweep, damp mop, have a nice day!!!! Everyone comments on how great it looks, too! It is very easy to install, I did it myself. You can cut it to fit easiest with heavy duty kitchen shears (I had a hard time keeping the cut straight when I used a vinyl cutting blade tool. It was also difficult for me to press hard enough to cut all the way through the backing. I have weak hands.) Preparation to the concrete before laying vinyl is sweep to make sure any tiny debris is removed, or it will poke through the vinyl and make a bump. I swept, vacuumed, and then mopped. Fan dried the floor. Applied the adhesive to half of the floor, rolled it out, and then applied it to the other half and kept rolling. Make sure the vinyl roll is set on the floor so it will roll away from you, it will work easiest that way. You can rent a roller to roll across the floor (smooths the vinyl and helps bind it to the adhesive and concrete) or you can improvise with a dust mop and books placed on the frame to weight it down. Finish off threshold seams with a self adhesive strip to match. The hardest part was getting it from the store to the basement....but a couple of good friends make great helpers! Easy peasy!!! Best wishes, good luck!
  • FloorNerd FloorNerd on Mar 12, 2012
    Sheet vinyl on concrete probably wouldn't be in your best interest, i think it will be to hard of a serface even if you glued it down the mosture wont hold it very well. I would do a rug or tile.
  • FloorNerd FloorNerd on Mar 12, 2012
    Or even laminate.
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Mar 13, 2012
    The sheet vinyl has been down my concrete floor in the basement for 13 years now. Still looks great, still holding just like new.
  • tile will eventually loosen & pop off due to water infiltration & subsequent freezing,,, sheet goods will stay in place once you lay it on a warm day but there will be a stained area when you finally remove it - howzabout some indoor/outdoor carpet instead ? i doubt your son OR anyone else would be able to notice a difference in temp from what's now vs tile or sheet goods - carpet would definitely be warmer for a crumb muncher ;-)
  • Susan H Susan H on Apr 10, 2012
    I would put down an indoor-outdoor rug..
  • Therese C Therese C on May 26, 2012
    If kids are using this area I would use one sheet vinyl. Tile squares leave small cracks that absorb stains and liquids that can eventually end up becoming mold under the edges and be very unhealthy. One sheet vinyl gives quick clean up and a smoother surface. Depending on your sons age you may want to put a big throw rug down for warmth and comfort over the vinyl. I found one that looks like a race track and town for my grandson. I wash the rug as often as necessary and he is one happy little guy!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 30, 2012
    On a screen porch, I would seal concrete and use an inexpensive decorative rug.
  • LeeAnn Gerleman LeeAnn Gerleman on May 10, 2015
    I would seal or paint the concrete with a good concrete paint, then put down a nice outdoor rug.
  • Valerie Valerie on Jun 20, 2015
    I agree with Jeanette and LeeAnn. If you do decide to tile, just remember that they are extremely slippery in wet conditions. I know this from experience!!!
  • Huntington Henry Huntington Henry on Jul 21, 2015
    I tiled my porch about 20 years ago . I sealed the grout and have not had a mold problem.and it still looks good
  • Dorothy Collett Dorothy Collett on Jul 25, 2015
    Check out the epoxy coatings for garage floors at your local home center. They might be more expensive up front but do not have the UV or glue failure of vinyl or the grout and slipperyness of tile. Texture is added to the epoxy to solve this problem.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 25, 2015
    Vinyl tile adhesive doesn't always hold up to extremes of hot and cold.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Aug 12, 2015
    a fenske . vinyl tile on cement is very cold and putting epoxy in a child enviroment is toxic. My suggestion is 1/4" plywood and paint a carpet design on it. It could even be a town scape or roads or whatever his interests are and could be updated as he ages. Wood is warm and has an insulation factor. If he's old enough he could help and make it his own. Chalk board maybe a way to go too. Enjoy and teach new skills he'll remember for the rest of his life. Don't forget the crate bookshelves in strategic places and a place to sit and read or a corner tent hideaway. Make it his own. Love it.