The Difference Between LVT, Vinyl, and Linoleum Flooring 

At World of Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your flooring experts. This means that things we should know about flooring, you don’t necessarily need to know. Yet, one common mistake many customers have is the assumption that LVT, Vinyl, and Linoleum floors are all the same. Though they may look similar in ways, each provides its own unique benefits.


Luxury Vinyl Tile, or LVT, is a hardwood and stone lookalike. It includes brands such as, COREtec Plus, Invincible, and Invincible H20. The greatest benefit to LVT brands is its durability and sustainability. COREtec Plus and Invincible H20 both offer waterproof floors. Not only does this prevent your floors from expanding on contracting overtime, but makes for easy cleanups. LVT floors are perfect for high traffic areas, but their indistinguishable resemblance to real hardwood makes it the perfect floor for any room.  Keep in mind, that Invincible H20, and COREtec have their own benefits and unique features. 


Though LVT flooring has vinyl in its name, vinyl flooring does not provide the same features as LVT. Vinyl flooring is considered to be a resilient and durable floor option. Similar to LVT, vinyl floor mimics the appearance of real hardwood and stone, but it also can resemble real ceramic tile.  Over the years, vinyl flooring brands, like Earthscapes, has made major improvements to the style, colors, and features of the floor. Vinyl flooring is resilient to mold, mildew, and moisture, which also makes it a go-to floor for bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms. Not to mention, the available colors and patterns from our vinyl flooring brands provide a wide selection of options that can be found in sheets, tiles, and planks. Overall, vinyl flooring has come a long way over the years by no longer being the plastic – looking floor. However, when it comes to picking between a more durable floor, LVT comes out on top. 


Besides vinyl and LVT flooring, which doesn’t have a lot of dissimilarities, linoleum flooring is an eco-friendly flooring product. Sheet vinyl is regularly confused with linoleum. However, Linoleum is much more durable with little environmental impact. The standout feature to linoleum is that it is a natural floor option. Though the materials that make up the floor vary among brands, often they all consist of recycled materials. Specifically, the Marmoleum brand provides antistatic and antimicrobial properties, which means it repels dirt and dust. Not only does this mean you are getting as easy clean floor, but an allergy-friendly floor. 

To learn more about the differences and flooring options for LVT, vinyl. And linoleum floors, contact World of Carpet One Floor & Home today, or visit our showroom in Santa Rosa, CA.