Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) has become a popular flooring option for homeowners.  It is an upgrade from regular sheet vinyl because of the many patterns and options for styling and texture. LVP is often considered to be similar to laminate flooring and many buyers consider the difference between these two options for their remodeling needs. Both are durable, easily replaceable options, often chosen for their resemblance to wood without the cost of hardwood. Which is better? It depends on your project.

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What is Luxury Vinyl Plank?

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an affordable waterproof flooring option, made specifically to give the look and feel of hardwood without the price tag. (Not to be confused with Luxury Vinyl Tile which imitates stone or tile). It is created in planks, as opposed to typical vinyl sheets, for the traditional wood look. LVP works great in high traffic areas and is also waterproof, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s also cheaper than other waterproof options. LVP is typically more expensive than laminate floors, but it is considered to be more durable and preferred if used in high-moisture areas.  Keep water out of the sub-floor, easily replace stained sections and wipe-up messes with ease.

Why LVP?

LVP is great for people with a little more flexibility in their budget who want the look of hardwood. It is great for the whole house, including high-moisture and high-traffic areas. This durable material is easy to care for and more easily replaceable than its sheet counterpart. Get the style and feel you want for a worthwhile price for a floor that lasts.

What is Laminate?

Laminate flooring comes in many beautiful styles and textures, also good for imitating wood floors in your den, living room or dining room. Laminate flooring has more wood content than LVP and is therefore not waterproof. Because of this, moisture and humidity can severely damage laminate floors. The lower price point compared to hardwood or LVP can make it attractive to many homeowners. Easy to maintain, this floor can look just as good as LVP, while holding up under foot-traffic and creating beautiful spaces in your home.

Why Laminate?

Laminate floors are easy on your wallet and easy on the eyes. Get the looks you want without breaking the bank. A great pick for smaller homes with less traffic and rooms with low-moisture content. Get great looking floors at an affordable price.

The choice is yours

Both Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors are good choices for your remodeling project. They are easy to clean and maintain without harsh chemicals. Both can mimic the look of all the classic hardwood options while saving you money, and they lack the imperfections and warping issues of real wood. Both options are affordable and come highly recommended from flooring experts. Whether you want the high-end, waterproof advantages of Luxury Vinyl Plank, or the budget-friendly beauty of laminate floors, we can help make your dreams a reality. Floor Coverings International provides consultations and installation of durable, aesthetic flooring options. We recommend using a professional like Floor Coverings International as most manufacturers require professional installation in order for the floor to be warrantied. Trim work can also be tough around door jams for those who are not accustomed to installing flooring. Call to schedule an appointment with a flooring expert today at 803-661-8567. Or learn more at .