Whether you are a designer or a contractor, choosing luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) or vinyl composite tiles (VCT) in your next project requires careful and thoughtful comparison. Before comparing the two, it should be noted that although LVT and VCT are often used interchangeably, they are actually quite different in terms of composition, design integrity, and overall performance.
LVT Vinyl Flooring is a hard surface flooring material consisting of 100% vinyl (giving the floor superior strength), a layer of color or photographic film, and a protective wear layer. VCT is a perforated floor option consisting of a small amount of ethylene, limestone and other filler materials.
With the advancement of the photo technology used to create LVT, there are few floor options that can be compared with LVT's design versatility because it can replicate the natural appearance of wood, stone or other unique finishes on design and texture. VCT is limited due to limited color and pattern selection and sometimes too high design structure. VCT is a flat compression product, which means that its overall design is not embossed.
VCT is a composite floor. Due to the irregularity of the preparation work of the bottom floor, the floor is easy to become brittle. When waxing or polishing agents are applied to the floor surface, regular maintenance and polishing will be required. LVT has ingredients made entirely of vinyl-making it a strong, durable and flexible flooring product. The variable thickness of the wear layer allows you to tailor the floor for high flow areas, which can help cover up the dust in the daily flow of people, and the daily maintenance is low.
VCT is considered a popular product in high-traffic areas, but VCT is actually most commonly used in education and healthcare applications, especially schools. LVT is designed to meet the unique needs of various applications, and its excellent design versatility means that it can adapt to almost all design solutions. LVT can be found in most commercial indoor environments, including hospitals, retail, and supermarkets.