At first glance we could say Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Vs. Laminate Flooring is an apples and oranges analogy,however because of the looks of both products and there market position as a substitute wood or ceramic or stone and plainly folks are asking the question – we will give it our best shot.
In a rate system where 5 is the cats pajamas and 1 is leave your money at home.We ask our expert to comment.
Clearly there is a quite the range of pricing out there from the very very low to quite high (as expensive as the original materials) so if cost is your only criteria then you may as well go LVT .(Teaser alert I will tell you soon why)
both products score 5 for cost.
Design or aesthetic
Both products excel here as well ,some of the wood grains are truly wonderful and moving up the budget ladder will get you great looks maybe even exceed the beauty of natural product.
We are Giving Lvt 4 here and Laminate 5 just because of the ability to show a little more dimension on the premium boards.
We see a bigger gap in rating here and we should explain that for the purpose of this revue we are considering the “click products”.
Glued products may yield different results.
Fact is all laminates contain wood product - wood and water go kaboom ! yes we have seen it - we have fixed it we know the pain.
Lvt is vinyl unless you go for a hybrid which may have a foam or a glue strip it going to handle water,urine etc a little better.
Hardly a day goes by without some one asking about Luxury Vinyl Tile or LVT.Touted by many as “the next big thing”its introduction to the market has seen a jump in popularity second only to the laminate revolution of the late 80′s. So what does the expert think of all the fuss ?
“There’s a lot to love here ,often reasonably priced with a great look and feel it’s 2 thumbs up as far as we are concerned.we have a great relationship with the product and in particular the Canadiana line from http://www.stemeldistributors.com/ Durable,attractive,reasonable ,DIY friendly a definite winner.”
My tile contractor said the fade and discoloration of our tile grout “Sounds like it might be efflorescence?”
You have two options:
Option (1) you could router out the grout and re-grout the area, but the downside of this is that you may damage the tiles if you are not careful. Once you have taken the grout out, you may want to re-grout with an epoxy based grout which will not fade, discolor or grow mold or mildew.
Option (2) you could purchase a grout painting kit. It is exactly what is sounds like, you clean the grout with soap and water, let it dry and then with a small paintbrush paint over a new color. Much easier and cleaner to do than option 1.
If your tiles sound hollow then the problem you have is that the ceramic tiles are no longer bonding to the substrate. If it is an isolated area there is a quick fix remedy. You will have to remove the grout at the affected tiles, then you will have to purchase a mortar with a liquid latex additive (ex. Mapei Keralastic). Then mix a small batch that is very runny, with a small cup pour in the grout joints as much liquid that it will take, let it dry and repeat this process if necessary. If this does not work then you will have to replace the lifting tiles. it is very important that you do it right the first time or you will be paying more to do it a second time.
Any time you hire a contractor ask about the process and the materials being used, you are paying for it ultimately. Once you know the process and the products investigate it on line or through a second party.
You will be able to find any product online that your contractor is using, if it is reputable. Also ask for 6 to 7 references and check them out, if the contractor refuses or doesn’t have any (references) alarm bells should ring.
“More haste less speed”
Here is what the expert had to say:
If you can determine within 2 to3 inches where the expansion joints were cut into the concrete, yes you can cut them in after, but it is more efficient and practical to do them as you go. The whole reason for putting in expansion joints is to allow the concrete to expand and contract without the tiles breaking, that is why it is so critical to install the expansion joints within 2 to 3 inches of the cut concrete joints. C.D.
This post is based on a real scenario circa winter 2008 in Canada?
Here’s what our expert had to say:
……..you should never install any flooring especially marmoleum until the building has its air handling units on, the windows and doors are in and the temperature has been stable for 5-7 days. C.D.
But what about commercial ceramic ?
C.D. our expert explains:
A moisture barrier system should be used when the concrete has a high moisture content or whenever you have a lot of moisture on top of the ceramic tile, ie. a shower.
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