Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Characteristics and Features

As opposed to standard vinyl tiles, the luxury vinyl tiles are sold in semi-rigid planks and installed using the click-lock interlocking systems. These two types of floorings differentiate majorly in the primary categories of durability, strength, utility, practicality, appearance, cost, and comfort. 

The standard sheet vinyl flooring is subjected to greater wear and tear while feeling quite hard underneath the foot. And that’s why the manufacturers created this new form of vinyl (LVT), which offers a second-tier choice after hardwood and ceramic flooring. Let’s discuss the primary characteristics of this fine and durable flooring option.


Giving laminate flooring a challenge, luxury vinyl planks and luxury vinyl tiles are a perfect mimic to laminate flooring and stone or ceramic tiles. Available in a wide array of colors, sizes, and styles - luxury vinyl has the potential to convince you with the most realistic form.


Quite durable and strong, luxury vinyl is usually thicker and stronger. As compared to standard vinyl flooring, luxury vinyl is even easier to repair and replace. It’s quite a possibility that the plank may get damaged due to direct sunlight - so, you can replace that particular plank with a brand new piece.


Generally, luxury vinyl flooring is expected to last for more than 20 to 25 years if taken well care of. As compared to standard vinyl flooring, this particular type is thicker, heavier, and quite strong and durable.


Luxury vinyl is usually easier to DIY and install. Using the general click-lock system, the planks and tiles can get easily installed, even without the help of a professional. Mainly, these floors float over the subfloor with a glue-down or no glue-down option. 

Water and Heat Resistance

With excellent resistance to water and heat, luxury vinyl is equipped with many seams between tiles and planks to make it possible for water to seep down. This type of flooring can withstand normal sunlight but in the case of direct, harsh sunlight - luxury vinyl plank or tile may be suspected to damage.


Luxury vinyl planks are more expensive than standard vinyl. You can find a product as low as $2 to $4 per square foot and as high as $7 per square foot or more. Depending upon your overall budget, you can install luxury vinyl flooring based on your style and interior theme. On the other hand, standard vinyl flooring is comparatively cheaper!


Luxury vinyl comes in two major styles - planks and tiles. Typically, a plank can vary in size - mainly about 48 inches by 4.5 inches and tiles can be 16 by 16 inches. Although smaller and larger sizes are also available in case you need to consider!


Because luxury vinyl is a thicker product, it feels softer and cozier under the foot. Moreover, it has great sound-blocking properties - hence, proving to be quite comfortable and great at acoustics. Luxury vinyl is equipped with cork or foam underlayment layers to provide a superior product.

Overall, luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for your home. If you have the style and budget, you must definitely go for it since it’s longer living, durable, and extremely comfortable!

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