Paving the Way to Luxury and Longevity

When it comes to revamping your home’s interior, flooring is a decision that demands
careful consideration. It’s the foundation that sets the tone for your entire space, impacting aesthetics,
functionality, and overall comfort. Two popular contenders vying for your attention are Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and
laminate flooring. While both offer a budget-friendly alternative to hardwood, significant differences lie beneath
the surface. Let’s delve into the heart of LVT vs. laminate flooring to help you make an informed decision – and
introduce Tee’s Flooring – your one-stop shop for expert LVT selection and installation.

Unveiling the Champions: LVT and Laminate

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile): Crafted with multiple layers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), LVT boasts exceptional durability and a stunningly realistic appearance. The core typically comprises a rigid, dimensionally stable base, followed by a high-definition printed vinyl layer that mimics the look of natural materials such as wood or stone. A final wear layer shields the design from scratches and scuffs.

Laminate Flooring: Composed of several layers laminated together, laminate’s core is primarily made from wood byproducts, such as high-density fiberboard (HDF). An image layer replicates the texture and grain of wood or other materials. Finally, a transparent wear layer protects the design.

Round 1: Durability and Water Resistance

LVT Reigns Supreme: LVT emerges as the clear victor in this round. Its PVC construction makes it virtually waterproof. Spills and splashes bead up on the surface, allowing for effortless cleanup. This resilience extends to high-moisture environments including kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, making LVT a versatile all-rounder.

Laminate Falters: While laminate boasts a moisture-resistant surface, it’s not waterproof. Spills left unattended can seep between the planks, causing swelling and warping. This vulnerability restricts laminate to low-moisture areas like living rooms and bedrooms.

Round 2: Appearance and Comfort

LVT Mimics Nature’s beauty: LVT takes the crown for realistic aesthetics. Advanced printing technology allows manufacturers to replicate the intricate details of wood grain, stone texture, and even ceramic patterns. LVT can even feature textured finishes, further enhancing its resemblance to natural materials.

Laminate Struggles for Authenticity: While laminate offers a variety of wood looks, its texture often feels flat and lacks the depth of real wood. Repetitive patterns may become noticeable in larger installations, diminishing the realism.

Comfort Underfoot: LVT boasts a slight advantage in comfort due to its inherent flexibility. The core construction allows for a subtle give underfoot, mimicking the feeling of natural wood. Laminate, on the other hand, will typically feel more rigid.

Round 3: Maintenance and Upkeep

LVT Wins the Cleaning bout: LVT is a low-maintenance champion. Regular sweeping and mopping with a mild cleaning solution will keep it looking its best. Its stain resistance minimizes the need for harsh chemicals.

Laminate Requires More Care when Cleaning: Laminate requires similar cleaning practices to LVT. However, extra caution is necessary to avoid moisture pooling at the seams, which can damage the core. Scratches are more visible on laminate compared to LVT.

Round 4: Installation and Lifep

LVT Offers Installation Options: LVT installation methods have evolved, offering both click-lock and glue-down options. Click-lock systems enable a DIY approach, while glue-down installation provides a more permanent and water-resistant solution.

Laminate Installation is Typically Click-Lock: Laminate primarily utilizes click-lock systems, making DIY installation feasible. However, professional installation ensures proper subfloor preparation and minimizes the risk of future problems.

LVT Endures the Test of Time: With proper care, LVT can last for 20-25 years, making it a worthwhile investment. Its superior moisture resistance contributes to its longevity.

Laminate’s Lifep is Shorter: Laminate flooring typically lasts 10-15 years, depending on traffic and exposure to moisture.

The Green Corner: Sustainability Considerations

LVT Makes Strides: Advancements are being made in LVT’s eco-friendliness. Recycled content is increasingly incorporated into its construction. Additionally, LVT’s long lifep minimizes the need for frequent replacements.

Laminate’s Environmental Impact: While some laminate manufacturers utilize recycled materials, its reliance on wood byproducts requires harvesting trees. Disposing of old laminate flooring can also pose challenges.

Tee’s Flooring: Your LVT Flooring Experts 

At Tee’s Flooring, we understand that choosing the right flooring is a crucial decision.
Our flooring specialists are passionate about LVT and its potential to transform your living space. We offer an
unrivaled selection of LVT products from trusted brands, catering to a range of styles and budgets.

Unveiling Our LVT Expertise:

  • Extensive Product Selection: From classic wood looks to contemporary tile patterns and even unique stone textures, our LVT collection boasts something for many aesthetic preferences.
  • Knowledgeable Staff: Our friendly and knowledgeable staff works hard to stay updated on the latest LVT trends and technologies. We can guide you through the selection process, answer your questions, and recommend the best LVT for your specific needs and space.
  • Expert Installation Services: Tee’s Flooring offers professional LVT installation services for both click-lock and glue-down methods. Our skilled installers ensure a seamless and flawless application, maximizing the beauty and longevity of your LVT flooring.
  • Competitive Prices: We believe everyone deserves access to high-quality flooring. We strive to offer competitive prices on our LVT products and installation services, ensuring exceptional value for your investment.

Beyond LVT: Tee’s Flooring as Your Complete Flooring Solution

While we champion LVT for its undeniable advantages, Tee’s Flooring is your one-stop shop
for all your flooring needs. We offer a comprehensive selection of additional flooring options, including:

  • Hardwood Flooring: Experience the timeless elegance and warmth of genuine hardwood flooring. Our collection features a variety of types and finishes to complement any décor.
  • Laminate Flooring: For those seeking a budget-friendly alternative to wood, we have a curated selection of laminate flooring in a variety of styles.
  • Carpet: If comfort and warmth are your priorities, our plush carpets in various textures and colors can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Experience the Tee’s Flooring Difference:

At Tee’s Flooring, we go beyond simply selling flooring. We partner with our customers to
transform their vision into reality. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Personalized Service: We take the time to understand your needs, preferences, and budget to recommend the most suitable flooring solution.
  • Commitment to Quality: We source our products from reputable brands known for their dedication to quality and craftsmanship.
  • Competitive Prices: We offer competitive pricing on all our products and installation services.
  • Skilled Installation: Our team of experienced installers takes pride in their meticulous work, ensuring a flawless and long-lasting installation.
  • Customer Satisfaction Guarantee: We stand behind the quality of our products and services. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Let Tee’s Flooring Pave the Way to Your Dream Home:

Whether you’re captivated by the luxurious appeal of LVT or seeking other flooring options, Tee’s Flooring is here to guide you. Visit our showroom to explore our extensive collection, or schedule a complimentary in-home consultation for a personalized flooring assessment. We are eager to help you create a beautiful and functional space that reflects your unique style and elevates your home’s value.

Contact Tee’s Flooring today and step into style!

(614) 668-0458 

Showroom Address (by appointment only):

670 West Coshocton
Suite E (in the back)
Johnstown, OH 43031