Here at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg we’ve been working on quite a few luxury vinyl tile and high quality porcelain tile installations. We firmly believe that both are excellent flooring options. If you’re unsure of which direction to go, we’re here to help you make your decision! The four main flooring aspects we’re going to look at are durability, cost, installation, and maintenance.
When it comes to durability, luxury vinyl tile and porcelain tile are both excellent options. Hardwood floors have a tendency to show scratches and dings, especially in a pet-friendly house. Luxury vinyl is much less likely to show wear and tear from everyday use. However, dropping heavy objects or anything especially sharp will do some damage.
Porcelain tile comes out slightly on top in the durability category. You won’t see any scratches, fading, or standard wear and tear, even after years of use. It is important to keep in mind that if you drop something especially heavy you could chip the tile.
There is a notable difference in cost between luxury vinyl tile and porcelain tile. We find that porcelain tile is almost always going to be the more expensive option. That’s why we recommend luxury vinyl for those on a budget. The great thing about luxury vinyl is that when compared to porcelain tile, there is a similar look and feel, but at a better price point.
When it comes to installation costs, luxury vinyl once again comes out ahead. This primarily because of the peel-and-stick or floating floor installation options. Porcelain tile is a significantly longer process that should be completed by professionals. That’s where Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg comes in! Professional installation will not only look the best, it will last for years to come!
We’ve found that basic weekly care and maintenance is usually enough for luxury vinyl tile and high quality porcelain tile floors! The maintenance for both is relatively easy, but the tile grout can get dirty over time.
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