LVT, luxury vinyl tile, is cut into tile-sized pieces.  LVP, a vinyl plank, is made to resemble the look of hardwood boards.

Both are forms of luxury vinyl flooring. They have the same design options and durability; the only difference is the configuration.

What is luxury vinyl?

It is a newer, more advanced version of the sheet vinyl that was introduced decades ago.  While sheet vinyl has evolved with colors and patterns, it is available only in sheets and composite tiles.

The newer version is a realistic mimic of natural materials, such as wood, tile, or stone.  It has an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, designs, and species. Both have texturing abilities and both are available in various finishes.

In the luxury version, the tiles are groutable.  Many feel the additional seams add even more realism and then take it one step further by using grout. 

The planks are made by first creating the image with 3D photography, then cutting it into strips and mounting it on boards. LVP is most often associated with hardwood, but some people also use it for stone looks because they feel the larger format/fewer seams gives it a more continuous look.

What about durability?

All vinyl, no matter what version, is durable and waterproof.  Luxury is somewhat thicker, with a sturdy, clear, aluminum-oxide coating sheet at the top that protects the floor from scratches, scuffs, and wear; it's impossible to "walk-off" the image. Spills sit at the top so they wipe off easily.

Maintenance needs only a frequent (daily, if possible) sweeping and a periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation is a snap; the pieces click together and then float over the subfloor.

As long as it is properly installed and maintained, vinyl flooring (all versions) can last up to 20 years.  As for the wear layer, the thicker the better and the longer it will last.

Bob's Carpet Mart is a family-owned company that has been operating since 1969.  The company provides a full inventory of flooring products and offers services such as installation and free in-home estimates. To learn more about LVT, LVP, or any of our products, visit any one of our 16 locations in Southwest Florida.  We serve St Petersburg, Brandon, Largo, Carrollwood, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Lakeland, Venice, Brooksville, and Ocala.