Ceramic Tile VS. Luxury Vinyl Tile

Source: Shaw Floors

If you follow along with our blogs, you will know how far luxury vinyl and the technology behind the flooring has come over the years. As technology develops it is becoming harder to distinguish the real flooring material from its luxury vinyl counterpart, in this case we are talking about ceramic tile. However, just because they look the same does not mean they will perform the same in your home. To better understand the differences and help you select a flooring material that is best suited for your lifestyle and needs, we have compared luxury vinyl and ceramic tile on five qualities: Look and Style, Durability and Stability, Environmental Impact, Application, and Cost.

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Rigid Core Flooring: SPC vs WPC

WPC Vinyl Flooring by Mannington

What is rigid core flooring? Rigid Core Vinyl Flooring is an engineered vinyl floor that has an enhanced rigid core construction for dimensional stability. A rigid core vinyl will be a solid plank that has less pliability, giving it a sturdy feel to install and under foot.

Rigid core flooring is one of the latest trends in flooring and home design. Not only is rigid core flooring stylish but it is also relatively affordable. However, there are two main types of rigid core flooring to choose from, SPC and WPC flooring. Each option comes with its own pros and cons that homeowners should be aware of before choosing between the two.

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Vinyl Flooring Guide

Source: Shaw Floors

Invented more than 100 years ago, vinyl was originally created to replace linoleum, the original resilient flooring. Vinyl became a popular choice for areas like kitchens and bathrooms where resilience, durability and water-resistance are extremely important. Although vinyl is not completely impervious, it is very resistant to water and it is easy to clean and maintain, making it a low cost, low hassle flooring option.

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Hardwood and Luxury Vinyl Comparison

Source: Hardwood by Armstrong Flooring

Thanks to recent developments in manufacturing and printing technology, hardwood isn’t the only option on the market if you desire the look of hardwood in your home. Luxury Vinyl is a popular alternative to hardwood, it is designed to mimic the look of real wood and has come a long way in recent years. It can be hard now a days to tell the difference between the real thing and luxury vinyl. There are also beneficial characteristics of luxury vinyl that natural hardwood floors can not offer. Alternatively, there are characteristics of hardwood that no manufacturer can fully duplicate. To help you understand the differences and decide which product is best suited for your home and needs we have compared the two, hardwood versus luxury vinyl.

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