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Tile vs. Luxury Vinyl Tile – Which is the Perfect Pick?

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Hey there, lovely readers!

I’m thrilled to dive into today’s topic: the ultimate showdown between tile and luxury vinyl tile. As we embark on our own bathroom renovation journey, I wanted to take a moment to explore these two popular flooring options and help you make an informed decision for your own home. So, buckle up and let’s dig into the pros, cons, and style potential of both contenders!

Traditional Tile

When it comes to tile, there’s no denying its timeless appeal. From classic subway tiles to intricate mosaic patterns, tile offers a wide range of options to suit any design aesthetic. Picture yourself stepping into a bathroom adorned with gleaming white subway tiles, creating a clean and fresh atmosphere that pairs perfectly with modern or traditional styles. And let’s not forget the versatility of tile – it can be used on floors, walls, backsplashes, and even in the shower for a cohesive look throughout your space.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile

Now, let’s talk luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Don’t be fooled by the word “vinyl” – LVT has come a long way and has emerged as a stylish and practical flooring option. With advancements in technology, LVT can mimic the look of natural materials like hardwood or stone, giving you the opportunity to achieve your desired aesthetic without the hefty price tag. Imagine walking into your bathroom and being greeted by warm and inviting wood-look vinyl tiles. These can add that touch of rustic charm or sleek and sophisticated stone-look vinyl tiles can elevate your modern design.


The Pros & Cons

So, how do these two contenders stack up? Let’s break it down. When it comes to durability, both tile and LVT are excellent choices. Tile is known for its longevity and can withstand high foot traffic and moisture, making it a great option for bathrooms. On the other hand, LVT is water-resistant and more forgiving on dropped items, making it a practical choice for households with children or pets.

Maintenance-wise, tile requires regular cleaning and occasional resealing (depending on the type of tile) to keep it looking its best. Not to mention you will have grout to clean, seal, and maintain. Meanwhile, LVT is a breeze to maintain, requiring simple sweeping and occasional mopping to keep it in tip-top shape. So, if you prefer a low-maintenance flooring option, LVT might be your go-to.

When it comes to installation, tile is more involved and time-consuming, especially if you’re opting for intricate patterns or mosaic designs. However, if you’re up for the challenge or hiring a professional, the end result can be truly stunning. On the other hand, LVT offers a relatively straightforward installation process, often with click-and-lock systems that make it DIY-friendly. And if you’re hiring out the install, less time equals less labor costs, which equal less money spent.

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Now, let’s talk style! Tile offers a vast array of options, from classic subway tiles to eye-catching patterns and shapes. It gives you the chance to unleash your creativity and make a bold statement in your bathroom design. On the flip side, LVT brings a level of versatility, mimicking the look of natural materials while offering added benefits like warmth and comfort underfoot.

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black and white checkerboard flooring in a bathroom

LVT – Harvey Maria

In the End…

In the end, the choice between tile and LVT comes down to personal preference, budget, and the specific needs of your space. Tile offers timeless beauty and a wide range of design possibilities, while LVT provides affordability and durability. Whichever option you choose, make sure it aligns with your style, lifestyle, and budgetary considerations.

Personally, I always lean towards tile for my own home. It’s timeless and I am willing to put in the work to maintain it. Like they say… “beauty is pain”. As a homeowner, I know this to be a fact.

Stay tuned for more updates on our own bathroom renovation journey and be sure to leave a comment sharing your thoughts on tile versus LVT. I love hearing everybody thoughts and experiences!




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