Wood Laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tile:
Which Is Right for You?
Have you wondered how laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) compare as flooring solutions and which is right for your home? After all, in the world of hard-surface flooring (as opposed to the soft carpeted kind), laminate flooring such as Swiss Krono and LVT are highly popular with homeowners. LVT is part of what is known as “resilient flooring” that also includes sheet-vinyl and rubber flooring. Let’s compare LVT and laminate flooring so you can decide which material is right for you.
So is laminate wood flooring or LVT right for you?
Let’s explore four issues or questions that come up when considering laminate wood planks and LVT as flooring choices.
Which is the “greener” flooring choice?
Laminate flooring is greener by far because the materials that go into them make the difference. Laminate flooring is primarily made from wood byproducts — a natural, renewable resource. LVT is made primarily from petrochemicals and chlorides, some of the most toxic substances around, not to mention the adhesives. Swiss Krono USA earned the Resilient Floor Covering Institute’s FloorScore® certification issued by the FloorScore® Environmental Institute for our SWISS KRONO laminate wood flooring (read more here).
Which is better in a wet environment, laminate flooring or LVT?
Both are equally good. All flooring can and will be damaged by water to some extent. Laminate flooring can be used in areas that may, from time to time, receive topical moisture when you follow our advice.
Which is more forgiving regarding installation over a less-than-perfect subfloor, laminate flooring or LVT?
Laminate flooring. It’s important that any subflooring be as smooth and level as you can make it. But because of laminate flooring’s rigid construction, it’s better equipped to bridge the slight bumps and undulations in the floor without transferring them to the surface. LVT does. This advantage is especially true with thicker laminate. You should always correct any subfloor deviance of 3/16th of inch when installing laminate flooring.
Which stands up to everyday accidents, scratches and dropped objects better?
Laminate flooring because it’s made harder and tougher. While laminate flooring and LVT flooring are both good flooring solutions, we believe that laminate flooring has many more advantages than LVT for today’s home.