Natural stone Vs Luxury Vinyl Tile
No competition between Luxury Vinyl flooring and Natural stone flooring.
Lets take one for example Ceramic tiles! Ceramic floors last forever. While that may sound like a selling point, fashion changes quickly. However, if you have ceramic floors, changing with fashion just isn’t an option. Ceramic flooring is expensive, messy, and time-consuming to install and remove, as well as hard to maintain the test of time. Conversely, luxury vinyl flooring is extremely easy to install and reinstall. And with a vast selection of looks and styles, LVT is Limitless, very adaptable and easy to maintain.
So, can LVT stand up to a time-tested flooring solution like ceramic? Absolutely.
Cutting ceramic tiles requires expensive tools and skills—that means costly hours for professionals. Luxury vinyl flooring, on the other hand, can be cut easily with a straight edge and utility knife. Any number of designs are possible with a well-thought floor plan and a sharp blade.
Lets take the stability and durability of each the ceramic tile and luxury vinyl tile!
Yes, ceramic, if taken care of, will last forever. However, in the all too common event that it is damaged—ceramic is quite a hassle to repair. Although ceramic is a hard, durable material, many circumstances can cause significant damage. If tiles are not installed correctly (i.e. improperly set mortar or incorrect grouting) the grouting will fail, the tiles will separate, come loose, and crack.
Ceramic’s strongest characteristic in this section is in its stability. Moisture and environmental changes will not affect the flooring. It will not expand or contract. However, the stability of ceramic is also its main crux. Because there is no flex or give in ceramic flooring, it is far more prone to cracks and other damages than luxury vinyl flooring. While LVT is extremely hard and durable—well-suited for heavy commercial use—it has a degree of flex. This flex allows it to absorb and dissipate the force from some dropped heavy object. Ceramic simply relies on being hard enough and installed properly. However, this is not always the case.
Think of the environmental inpact!
The of the method used to remove ceramic tiles (smashing into pieces) this type of flooring is not recyclable. To reuse the ceramic, every speck of mortar would need to be removed—a process not worth anyone’s time. And even then, you are left with broken bits good only for fill. So ceramic is usually just thrown into a landfill. In addition, the removal of ceramic tile directly impacts the environment of the area in which it was laid. Thick clouds of toxic dust are harmful to breath and nearly impossible to prevent.
Luxury vinyl tiles are both recyclable and made from recycled material. In addition, luxury vinyl made by Karndean prided themselves on environmental awareness in the manufacture and supply of all their products and continually strive to reduce the impact on the environment. To this end, they can proudly say that all their products are now manufactured phthalate-free.* , Karndean reduces ecological impact tremendously making our LVT a green choice.
In the likely event that a ceramic tile becomes compromised, action must be taken right away. Jagged edges threaten trips or cuts and allow moisture and other foreign material to move under and between tiles. But the cons to ceramic application do not end here.
Anyone who has ever installed or removed ceramic knows how amazingly messy it is. No amount of plastic, fans or precautions will stop the dust from penetrating every inch of a work zone. Extremely fine dust particles are created during the average project—material that makes its way into cabinets, on top of and under appliances or equipment and anywhere else you can imagine. The removal and installation takes days, but the clean up can take weeks. Even minor, one or two tile replacements require large hammers, chisels or power tools and the complicated mixing of and setting mortar and grout. A job of this magnitude would certainly hinder the use of any commercial space.
Luxury vinyl tile is exactly the opposite. Installing LVT is a simple process that requires little more than a straight edge and a utility knife. Your professional installers will have no trouble quickly and efficiently installing the flooring.
As for luxury vinyl tile flooring vs. natural flooring functional application, there is also little competition. Whether in a high-traffic commercial setting, in-home and high moisture, sports flooring or healthcare space luxury vinyl tile performs perfectly. It is not loud or uncomfortable to walk unlike ceramic and has all the style you may be looking for in hassle-laden alternative. While ceramic can be used in some of the same applications as LVT like high moisture and in-home settings (although ceramic is quite slippery when wet), luxury vinyl tile offers a much higher value. Ease of installation, removal, and repair, easy groutless cleaning, lower cost, more reliable durability and a wider range of looks and design options are just a few of LVT pros that ceramic simply doesn’t offer.