People who haven’t spent a good deal of time learning about all of the different flooring options on the market may incorrectly assume that all vinyl flooring is the same. They likely hear the word vinyl and immediately imagine almost every kitchen or bathroom floor prior to the early 2000s: thin, easily gouged, and mostly uncomfortable sheet vinyl. While that is still a popular choice for some flooring situations, there is a vinyl alternative, luxury vinyl tile, that is so nice that it actually offers solid competition to laminate flooring as a less expensive, but still beautiful alternative to hardwood or tile.
What Is Regular Vinyl?
Regular vinyl flooring, often called standard vinyl, is a thin, flexible sheet (or tiles cut from the sheet) made up of a thin layer of felt or fiberglass bonded to a very thin layer of vinyl covered by a protective coating. Typically, the vinyl is printed with some sort of pattern, so that it resembles another material such as tile or wood. Regular vinyl is often installed over other flooring without any additional cushions of layers.
What Is Luxury Vinyl Tile?
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is closer to laminate in structure and a much thicker product: semi-rigid tiles or planks that click-lock together constructed of layers of PVC vinyl, fiberglass, foam cushion, printed image, clear wear layer, and clear top coat layer.
How Do They Compare?
Standard vinyl is the much cheaper option of the two, with the most expensive version of sheet vinyl coming in at about the same cost per square foot as the least costly version of LVT. It’s important to remember that you get what you pay for here, since LVT requires more materials and is a sturdier, thicker, more comfortable product. As for appearance, LVT can more closely mimic other materials and generally is a more aesthetically pleasing flooring. Both materials are waterproof and do equally well in moist environments, like kitchens and bathrooms. They require the same sort of care and maintenance (sweeping or vacuuming daily, with the occasional damp mop). Finally, LVT is easier to install, lasts longer, and over time is more durable than standard vinyl, which is prone to scratches and dents. Because of this, the value that LVT adds to your potential home resale value is greater than standard vinyl.
RPS Flooring is Here to Help
Is your home or commercial building in need of new floors? RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers has over two decades of experience providing residential and commercial flooring throughout Maryland. If you still have more questions about how to care for your floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call, or come and visit our showroom to check out our expansive selection. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.