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Luxury Vinyl Tile vs Laminate Flooring

LVT Luxury Vinyl Tile example Vs Laminate Flooring example

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring and laminate flooring are both popular choices for homeowners in the UK seeking durable and attractive flooring. However, even though they may seem very similar there are significant differences between the two materials.

What is LVT and Laminate made from (Material Composition)

LVT Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Tile is made primarily of vinyl, a synthetic material composed of multiple layers. The layers typically include a wear layer (top layer for durability), a printed design layer that mimics the look of various materials (such as wood or stone), a core layer for stability, and often an underlayment for additional comfort and noise reduction.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring consists of a core of high-density fibreboard (HDF) or particleboard, a printed design layer, and a protective top layer made of resin or aluminium oxide. Laminate flooring does not contain any actual wood in its construction.

Appearance

LVT Flooring
LVT can closely mimic the appearance of natural materials like wood or stone. Advanced printing technologies allow for realistic patterns and textures, making LVT a versatile option for various styles and designs.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring also replicates the look of wood, stone, or tile, but it generally has a distinct feel compared to real hardwood.

Water Resistance

LVT Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Tile is known for its high water resistance. This makes it suitable for areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Laminate Flooring
While laminate flooring has some resistance to water, it is not as water-resistant as LVT. Prolonged exposure to moisture can lead to swelling and damage.

An excellent example of our Parrot Oak Herringbone LVT Flooring

Installation

LVT Flooring
LVT is available in various installation methods, including glue-down, click-lock, and loose lay. Some styles can be installed directly over existing floors, making it a flexible option.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is commonly installed using a floating floor method, where the planks or tiles interlock without the need for adhesive. Some laminate products also have glue-down options.

Durability

LVT Flooring
LVT is known for its durability and resistance to scratches, dents, and stains. The wear layer on top contributes to its longevity.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate is durable but can be more susceptible to scratches and dents compared to LVT. The top protective layer helps resist wear and tear.

A huge factor – Cost

LVT Flooring
Prices for LVT can vary, but it is generally considered a mid-range to high-end flooring option.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate is often more budget-friendly compared to LVT.

Both LVT and laminate have their advantages and considerations, and the choice between them often depends on factors such as budget, style preferences, and the specific requirements of the space where the flooring will be installed.

If you would like to discuss which flooring is best for you, get in touch with our helpful customer service team.

Direct Flooring Online offers many products and styles both in Luxury Vinyl Tile LVT and Laminate flooring.

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