Here at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg, we help families in the greater St. Petersburg area find their dream flooring. Hardwood is the most popular flooring option in the United States, but our humidity often makes it less than practical. For many St. Petersburg homeowners, a hardwood alternative is the right choice, and in the world of hardwood alternatives, two reign supreme: laminate and luxury vinyl tile.
What’s Luxury Vinyl Tile?
That’s an excellent question. Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, is a flooring option that is created much in the same way as a sandwich. A cushy base layer serves as the foundation for the tile, followed by a printed design layer featuring the faux wood grain. The PVC top layer protects the design layer below.
Laminate, often referred to as laminate hardwood, is very similar to luxury vinyl tile. In fact, the top two layers—design and vinyl protection layers—are virtually indistinguishable. The base layer is what really differs. In laminate, the base layer is made from a wood composite. This gives it enhanced durability and height.
Which One is Right For Me?
Much of the difference comes down to price versus quality. Because of its composite wood layer, laminate just feels more like hardwood than luxury vinyl tile does. However, this quality comes at a price: laminate is generally more expensive than comparable LVT.
For more information about laminate, luxury vinyl tiles, and many other flooring options, reach out to the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg. We proudly provide the greater St. Petersburg area with quality products, friendly service, and expert installation services. What sets us apart from other flooring providers is our commitment to our in-home experience. We believe that there is no better way to sample flooring than from the comfort of your home. Simple call to book a free, in-home consultation, and we will bring the flooring samples to you!
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