One of the key debates that goes on in the flooring world is what is better, laminate or luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). They both have a large number of similarities, but they also have a few subtle differences that to the untrained eye, can go unnoticed. In this blog we’re going to try and help you make that all important decision, and break down exactly what LVT and laminate are, and their benefits for you.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Vinyl Tiles are made up of polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC. PVC gives it a firm, but elasticated construction, and allow the vinyl to move and contract. This prevents it from cracking, so is perfect for areas of heavy footfall.
LVT is also incredibly water resistant. This means that it won’t discolour or warp, and this is a rare commodity for this flooring type, and makes it stand out from the crowd. It is also one of the easiest floorings to fit, it come with either a click-loc system, or can be glued down using adhesive.
Laminate is similarly formed of a number of layers, and then moulded together during a laminating process. The main layer is made up of a high density fibreboard, this makes it a very sturdy and durable material. It has a similar easy installation process using a click-loc system, and this makes it one of the easiest floors to install yourself at home. It comes in a number of different colours, from dark laminate flooring to lighter shades.
It’s recommended you keep it away from areas of high moisture and humidity, as it can cause damage to your flooring. So it’s recommended to be kept away from bathrooms and kitchens.
So, what is the difference?
The leading advantage that laminate has is the price. You can get a very good quality laminate flooring for a very low price, and this sets it aside in the market. It is also more comfortable under foot than LVT, laminate is a thicker material, whereas vinyl incorporates its qualities from wood.
If you’re looking for flooring with the intention of fitting it in high moisture areas then LVT is perfect for you due to its high levels of water resistance. It’s the best flooring around to ensure your floors don’t damage with watermarks, and is ideal for industrial factories.
Other than a few subtle differences there are a huge number of comparisons that can be made. It is extremely hard to separate them. The biggest difference is the price, so in that regard laminate takes the prize easily. LVT is the more practical of the two. It’s water resistant so you can place it in any room and be confident it won’t be badly affected. We hope our guide has helped you make your decision!