How Does Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Compare to Standard Tile Flooring?

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) closely resembles its ceramic and porcelain tile counterparts.  The price for LVT is often less than standard tile, with easier installation as opposed to the mortar and grout necessary to install traditional tile.  Like tile, LVT is water-resistant making this ideal for bathrooms or the entryway of a home.  Standard tile flooring does tend to outlast LVT, which for some homeowners can justify the higher price.

A homeowner in Amherst, NH was looking to install a new tile floor in the entryway of his home.  He came in to Cardoza Flooring looking for tile options, but was impressed with the choices for its look-alike, LVT.

The Look of Tile for a Fraction of the Cost

Today’s LVT options closely resemble tile not only in color but also in texture.  This makes it almost indistinguishable from tile flooring.  LVT is thicker than vinyl flooring options with a heavy film covering.  This makes it more stain and scratch resistant than traditional vinyl flooring.  Similar to tile, LVT is also water-resistant. 

LVT installation involves hooking, snapping or locking together the floor.  In some cases, the LVT may feature a self-adhesive system that is glued directly to the subfloor.  The ease of installation and the product itself make LVT a more affordable option than ceramic or porcelain tile.

Traditional Tile Still Rules in Durability and Life Span

Ceramic and porcelain tiled floors can truly withstand the test of time.  In many cases, styles and colors go out of fashion before the flooring needs to be replaced, making this a great investment for your dollar.  Traditional tiles are not prone to cracks or damage, and offer no flexing over time. 

The homeowner in Amherst opted to go with the more budget-friendly LVT for his home’s entryway.  The final product came out looking stunning and many visitors to the home assume that the floor is traditional tile.