Is LVT Flooring Better Than Laminate?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: July, 2021

There are benefits to using as there are with laminate. Understanding which is better for you depends on a variety of factors and preferences.

Laminate and LVT may look very similar and are suitable flooring solutions for many areas of home and some commercial businesses. They are both available in many colors and styles, and the installation processes for both are quite similar.

The main difference between LVT and vinyl laminate is that they are made from different materials. They are both made of layers. Most laminate has a core made of dense fiberboard bonded with resins - giving it its strength and durability. Then, the top is made of a hard plastic over a printed design. LVT is made of PVC vinyl, giving LVT flooring its dimensional stability and flexibility.

Laminate and LVT products are both economical, durable, and attractive. So, you may be wondering which one is better. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons and characteristics of each to help you decide.

  1. Versatility. A pro to both is that the products are versatile. Because both are relatively easy to install, they can be used in many settings. LVT can essentially go anywhere, as it can endure moisture. A con to laminate flooring is that most have limited moisture resistance. So, LVT flooring is likely a better choice for a bathroom or mudroom, but either could be used in a dining room, living room, or office.

  2. Appearance. A pro to both is that they have realistic wood or stone appearances. Laminate has embossing on its surface with images of the material being replicated - like ceramic, wood, or stone. LVT can also look realistic with its deeper embossing process.

  3. Weather resistance. A con to laminate flooring is that because its core is often made of wood, it can sometimes swell or soften if exposed to humidity, and the wear and design layers can peel away over time if humidity causes too much moisture to be present. A pro to LVT flooring is that it is typically not negatively impacted by moisture or weather.

  4. Maintenance. A major pro for LVT is how easy it is to clean and maintain. Since it is waterproof and robust, it can be wet mopped, scrubbed, and a variety of cleaner products can be used. Some see laminate flooring’s vulnerability to moisture a con in terms of cleaning, as it needs to be dry cleaned or wet cleaned with a mop that is only damp.

  5. Environmental impact. Neither LVT or laminate flooring products are super eco-friendly, but a pro to laminate flooring is that some have a fiberboard core - making it slightly more friendly to the environment.

No flooring can really be coined better than the other, as personal preferences really come to play. Greatmats offers a number of LVT and laminate products to choose from - all of which are attractive, cost effective, durable, and easy to install. Here is a short list of some of the more popular products:

Envee Rigid Core LVT Planks

  1. Envee Rigid Core LVT Planks are floating vinyl planks made from 100 percent recyclable material and designed to endure heavy foot traffic. It’s a product that is fire resistant, and it boasts a water and dirt-tight surface.

    This LVT flooring is suitable for commercial, retail, and residential settings. It’s a beautiful product with high-resolution imagery. It is slip and scratch resistant, and it’s also mold, mildew, and odor resistant while providing anti-fatigue benefits.

  2. Vinyl Peel and Stick Walnut Plank Floor Tile

  3. Vinyl Peel and Stick Walnut Plank Floor Tile is a vinyl flooring option that is easy to install without special tools or glue, as it has a convenient peel and stick backing. It’s super economical, resistant to moisture, and durable. It will not expand when moisture is present, and it can easily be installed on any flat, hard surface.

  4. LVT Rustic Wood

  5. LVT Rustic Wood is a clean, green product that delivers beauty and durability in a long-lasting product that offers LEED points.

    This LVT can be used in commercial or residential settings, and is installed using a glue down application process - resulting in a smooth, wood grain floor that is non-absorbent.

    There are a number of popular colors to choose from, and it’s accompanied by a 10 year commercial and 25 year residential use warranty. It’s super low maintenance.

Italian Coast Engineered Hardwood Flooring

    1. Italian Coast Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a high quality laminate flooring product that comes in dynamic and vibrant colors.

      This flooring solution has beveled edges and comes in random length planks. It is a breeze to maintain and clean, and it looks attractive and performs well in residential and commercial settings. It is Lacey Act Compliant and contains at least 60 percent recycled pre-consumer raw material, so it’s also eco-friendly.

      Cork Laminate Flooring Latvia

    2. Cork Laminate Flooring Latvia is a very robust laminate floor that is abrasion resistant and water resistant. It’s also comfortable and shock absorbing for bare feet.

      This robust laminate floor reduces the appearance of scratches, scuffs, rough spots, and other imperfections. It’s also eco-friendly, made using sustainable methods.

    3. Max Tile Raised Floor Tile

    4. Max Tile Raised Floor Tile is a very versatile flooring option that looks like authentic hardwood, but it features an attractive, commercial grade vinyl surface that is scratch and stain resistant.

      This product really is non-absorbent, so it’s a great laminate option for areas prone to moisture. It also has a raised, floating design that allows for air and water flow beneath it, reducing the risk for mold, mildew, and bacteria.

    Greatmats - For The Best LVT And Laminate Flooring Products Available

    If you’re trying to figure out how to decide which flooring is better for you, reach out to the team at Greatmats. They can answer questions for you, send you flooring samples, and work with you to help make the decision that is best for you. No matter which product you pick, LVT or laminate, when it comes from Greatmats, you’ll be getting the best.
For more on this topic please review our Laminate Flooring product page.