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Choosing Between Wood Laminate and Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

Choosing Between Wood Laminate and Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

If you’re in the process of remodeling a home, you’ve probably searched everywhere to choose a flooring solution that fits your needs best. Carpeting might not be too practical for some parts of the house, especially if you have small children or pets. Many homeowners these days start looking closely into hard-surface flooring, but depending on the size of your house, hardwood can be an expensive commitment. Two of the alternative solid-surface flooring, including laminate and vinyl, are highly popular among homeowners thanks to their efficiency, value, and looks. We’ll take a closer look at these and help you sort out what’s right for your home: wood laminate or luxury vinyl tiles (LVT).

 

Wood Laminate vs. LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) Flooring – Similarities:

  • Compared to other hard-surface flooring solutions (hardwood, stone, ceramic, etc.), both laminate and vinyl tiles have an advantage in terms of cost-durability ratio. Both surfaces can handle water damage to some extent.
  • Both options imitate natural surfaces almost indistinguishably.
  • Both flooring solutions are extremely easy to maintain. No refinishing, resealing or any other extra effort is needed.
  • Since laminate and LVT come in planks, area repair is possible. A damaged plank or tile can be repaired or replaced effortlessly.

 

Wood Laminate vs. LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) Flooring – Differences:

  • Materials

Laminate is a multi-layer surface, where every layer is responsible for a particular feature or purpose. The core layer of the wood laminate is made of high-density fiberboard, which can justify its strength and rigidity. Similarly, LVT is also built in layers, but the core material used is PVC vinyl, responsible for tiles’ stability and flexibility.

  • Installation

Since laminate flooring is supposed to be a floating-floor system, it’s never directly attached or glued to the subfloor. LVT, on the other hand, are glued to the subfloor, and individual tiles and planks are often adhesive.

  • Feel

Laminate closely resembles and feels like a hardwood floor, and since LVT is made out of vinyl it feels more like plastic.

  • Durability

Laminate flooring solutions are generally considered more stain-resistant than vinyl tiles, but it all falls down to the quality and individual characteristics of a brand you choose.

 

Evidently, there are plenty of advantages for choosing wooden laminate or vinyl tiles (LVT). Which one is a better fit for your interior design, budget and preferences are up to you. If you have additional questions about these solid-surface flooring solutions, don’t’ hesitate to reach out for the consultation or recommendations from our interior designers’ team. Contact Flooring & Kitchen Designs of Littleton online or call us today at 978-486-0096!