Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or Luxury vinyl tile (LVT)?

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or Luxury vinyl tile (LVT)?

Are you in the market for new floors that look like hardwood or ceramic, durable, and water resistant? You may want to take a closer look at luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank. Recent trends in flooring show that LVP and LVT are on the rise. But which one do I choose?

LVP and LVT are two different kinds of luxury vinyl flooring. In this blog, we’ll go over some of the features and qualities of each to help you decide which vinyl flooring is a good fit for you, including:
  • Appearance
  • Installation
  • Care and Cleaning
  • Durability and Maintaining
  • Lifespan


Both LVP and LVT can both be made to look like wood, ceramic, or wood. LVT is available in a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. You’ll notice LVT can look a lot like marble, granite, limestone, slate, and more. It also can look like a variety of wood like oak, walnut, cherry, and more. Popular colors are shades of brown, gray, and white.

LVP is also available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. You’ll notice that LVP looks like hardwood floors, bamboo floors, and more. Popular colors are shades of brown, gray, and white.

So, what is the difference in appearance between LVP and LVT? Both are very similar as both can be made to look like a variety of different flooring materials. The only difference, appearance wise, is in the shape and installation process, which we’ll get into later.


One of the main reasons people choose LVP or LVT is because both are very water resistant. Both are constructed of sturdy layers of plastic and ideal for kitchens and bathrooms that tend to be exposed to moisture. An important factor to consider is if you live in an area that is prone to excess moisture, or if you have young children or pets who may have accidents.


LVP and LVT are both easy to install. Both can be “floated” over existing hard flooring, making the process easier than having to remove the flooring and start from scratch, although there are some cases with different levels of flooring that adjustments may be necessary. However, we do suggest consulting with a professional about floating over old floors as this could void product warranties if old floors are not secured correctly and prepping them might cost more than demolition of old floors. Here’s the main difference between the two regarding installation:

  • LVP: Luxury vinyl plank is a do-it-yourself friendly flooring option that can be installed by homeowners. Floor planks are cut to size and fit together using a tongue-and-groove system.
  • LVT: Luxury vinyl tile is a flooring option that can also be installed by homeowners. However, floor prep is essential, and this might be a little difficult for the average person. Tiles are cut to size and fit together like a puzzle, then adhered to the floor using an adhesive, making it an easy installation that can be handled by a vinyl flooring contractor.

While both LVP and LVT can be done by do-it-yourself people, for the best results when it comes to vinyl flooring installation, a professional is always the best route.

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Care and Cleaning

LVP and LVP are both easy to care for and clean. To clean, simply sweep the floor with a soft broom, Swifter, or vacuum with a soft attachment. For tougher dirt and/or stains, you can mop the floor with mild soap and water solution. Make sure to avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners as they could damage the vinyl.

Durability, Maintenance, Lifespan

Both LVP and LVT are durable and require little maintenance. Both are resistant to scratches, dents, and stains as well as easy to care for. With proper care and maintenance, LVP and LVT should provide you with a solid floor to last 15-20 years. Proper maintenance includes cleaning regularly and avoiding the use of harsh chemicals.


Luxury vinyl flooring is a great choice for both residential homes and businesses. The advantages are many: flexibility with the look of wood, ceramic, and stone; less expensive than the real materials; water-resistant; very durable; and more. LVP and LVT are both great flooring options that come with a variety of benefits. The primary difference between the two is just the shape and pattern you’re wanting. If you’re wanting a durable, low-maintenance flooring option that is easy to install and comes in a variety of different styles, LVP or LVT is the right choice for you.

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