If you follow our blogs, you will know how far luxury vinyl and the technology in the the flooring industry has come over the years. As technology develops it is becoming harder to distinguish real flooring materials (wood, stone, ceramic) from their luxury vinyl lookalikes. 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
Look and Style
If you enjoy regularly updating your home’s design and keeping up with interior design trends then ceramic tile may not be for you. Ceramic floors can last forever, and while that may sound like a selling feature, some it may not want the same flooring forever. Changing with the trends just isn’t a great option with ceramic tile. To begin with, it is expensive, time consuming and messy to install and remove. Not to mention, it requires the skills of a professional and expensive tools to get the job done right.
Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is easy to install and replace tile-by-tile if damage occurs. Luxury vinyl is easy to cut, doesn’t require expensive tools, and it is not nearly as time consuming to install. Plus, you can also find luxury vinyl available in a vast selection of designs and styles.
Durability and Stability
Ceramic is a hard and durable material. However ceramic tile is not immune to damage, and if you are familiar with ceramic tile, you will know it is a hassle to repair. In this section, ceramics biggest strength and weakness is its stability. Ceramic is not affected by moisture or environmental changes meaning it will not expand or contract. The downside of its stability is that there is no flex or give making it far more prone to cracks and other damages.
Luxury vinyl is also extremely hard and durable, but it has some degree of flex, which if an object is dropped, the flex helps absorb and dissipate the force. This results in a more cushiony floor that is less prone to cracking or breaking.
The environmental impact of ceramic vs luxury vinyl comes down to the product lifecycle. Ceramic tile is the less environmentally friendly product as it is not recyclable. When ceramic tile is removed it is smashed into pieces and thrown in the landfill. Additionally, the removal of ceramic impacts the environment for which it was installed. Thick toxic clouds of dust are a result of removing ceramic tile and is harmful to breathe in and almost impossible to prevent.
Luxury vinyl is typically recyclable and can even be made from recycled material.
If you are familiar with installing and removing ceramic tile you will know just how messy it is. The removal and installation can take days. Even minor tile replacements require tools, mortar and skilled professionals.
The opposite is true for luxury vinyl. Installation is simple, professionals can install luxury vinyl quickly and efficiently. Removing the floor is even easier.
When comparing the two based on their functionality, luxury vinyl comes out on top. Luxury vinyl performs well in high-traffic commercial settings or high moisture areas like restaurants or supermarkets. It is also more comfortable to walk on unlike ceramic tile. So, when it comes to installation, removal, repair, maintenance, reliable durability and a wider range of style options, going with luxury vinyl is a no brainer.
Depending on the size, colour and quality, ceramic tile typically far exceeds the price of luxury vinyl. Additionally, installing ceramic tile takes longer and requires a skilled and professional installer. Plus, not only will luxury vinyl be less expensive, it offers a much higher value.
Nufloors has a vast selection of modern and classic styles of both ceramic tile and luxury vinyl. Stop by one of our 24 locations and chat with one of our flooring experts. They will help you find the perfect flooring for your home.