If the kitchen is a very active room, or if you enjoy throwing parties centered around this area, then you have to consider the durability of the vinyl that you choose.
Printed Vinyl: This material gives you the widest range of design options but is manufactured with a wear layer over the surface. The thickness of the wear layer determines the durability of the vinyl, as it will fade over time.
Solid Vinyl: This vinyl is manufactured with homogenous layers which means that the colors run true straight through the material. Because of this the surface won’t wear down or fade away with use. Vinyl composite tiles are similar but are manufactured to be even more durable and versatile than solid materials.
Sunlight and Fading: It is true that over time direct sunlight from open windows can cause fading in some vinyl. This can be offset simply enough by being aware of the problem and using curtains, or strategically placed throw rugs to protect the surface of the floor.