It’s overwhelming enough to shop for flooring, what with all the variety.

Additional terms like LVP and LVT can make it even more dizzying.

These initials stand for luxury vinyl plank and tile. To complicate matters, even more, you can also get the material in sheet form, but seams make it look even more realistic.

They are both terrific alternatives to stone, hardwood, and tile, and offer the same style at an affordable cost. Both provide the same extensive product line with a wide variety of colors, species, patterns, and features.

The only difference is how they are cut.

Planks to look like real hardwood

With  (LVP), the material is cut into strips and mounted on boards to resemble hardwood.

One of the most appealing benefits is the cost; it’s a lot less expensive than real wood.  Another huge advantage is the fact that it’s waterproof; genuine wood can be damaged by excess water, and it’s not recommended for installation in bathrooms, known as the “wettest rooms in the house.

Other high moisture areas, such as below-grade house levels or laundry rooms are also not advised.

With this, however, you can get the look of wood in any room in the house.

Some people also use LVP cuts for their stone because they like the larger format and prefer fewer seams, especially when it comes to the look of marble.

Tile-sized pieces, anyone?

Here, the draw of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) might be the comfort; softer and more flexible, it’s easier on which to walk or stand than some hard surfaces.

It’s also more affordable, waterproof and provides design options. 

Since tile can be made to look like anything, including wood and stone, so it’s easy enough to mimic these materials with LVT.

Both LVP and LVT have the following advantages:

  • Durability.  It is one of the most recommended products for homes with kids or pets.  Remember, both are also waterproof.
  • Easy cleanability.  Sweep and mop periodically with water and a manufacturer-approved cleaner.  Spills and stains wipe up easily.
  • Easy installation.  The material can be placed, with a few exceptions, over most existing floors.  The pieces either click together or can be glued down.

For more information, visit the Kelly’s Carpet Omaha showroom in Omaha, NE.