LVT vs. Hardwood Flooring. What’s the difference?

LVT vs. Hardwood Flooring. What’s the difference?

How often do you hear the comparison between LVT and hardwood flooring? How do you decide which type of floor is more suitable to use in your space? While both Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and hardwood floor can add a touch of elegance to the interior, there are some benefits to each type of floor.

LVT - Colonia - Quarried Millstone 4532  

To best review the differences between Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and hardwood flooring, we break flooring down into four qualities:

We hope this guild will help you to find the best flooring solution for your next project.

LVS vs. Hardwood Flooring. What's the difference?


While many parents with kids and business owners love the
authentic look of hardwoods, they are concerned whether it can withstand the
rough play and heavy traffic. After all, nobody wants to spend a lot of money
on flooring, knowing it is going to be easily damaged. Thus, durability is
always one of the key factors to consider when it comes to picking the right

Even though hardwood flooring like oak and maple can last for a long time, wood as a permeable material, is hugely affected by the surroundings and climate. This makes it less desirable to be used in residential areas like kitchens and bathrooms, where moisture, dirt and accidental spills are common.

Polyflor Project - Eco Home, UK
Colonia - Nordic White Oak

On the other hand, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs), usually made of 100% synthetic materials, are one of the most durable flooring options out there on the market because of its high resistance to splashes, dirt and climate change.

Luxury vinyl tile consists of individual layers made of high-quality materials and features a protective wear layer to withstand heavy traffic and protect the floor surface. Whether it is for commercial or residential circumstances, LVT is a winner for all applications.

LVT - Expona Commercial - Blue Recycled Wood 4068

Visual appeal

Hardwood flooring offers many styles and patterns from different
species of wood. The commonly used species include oak, maple, cherry, or
exotic species like Jatobe and Ipe, which usually are more expensive than the
domestic hardwoods.

LVT - CAMARO - White Metalstone 2332; Sienna Oak 2248

 Vinyl tile is growing
hugely in popularity because of its realistic natural wood looks in different designs
and colours. Utilising today’s print technology, each one of the LVTs features beautiful
details, unique textures and can even replicate the feel of real wood.

Colonia - Nordic White Oak 4436

Besides a wide range of authentic wood designs, LVT also
provides a collection of natural mineral designs and modern man-made materials,
including clean and rustic stone effects, strong slate designs and raw
industrial surfaces. You can easily combine different shades and styles from
LVT to create inspirational commercial and residential spaces.

Colonia - Fossil Limestone 4537; English Oak 4435

Cleaning & Maintenance

CAMARO - Georgian Parquet 2252

If you are looking for a low-maintenance flooring option,
LVT is probably the best choice. For example, all the LVT collections from
POLYFLOR are resistant to everyday dirt, soil or accidental splashes, which
make the cleaning process much easier. You can sweep or vacuum the floor to
remove loose dirt, grit or dust. For deeper cleaning, you can just simply rinse
the floor with clean water and wipe it with a mop.

Expona Commercial - White Ash 4021

At Polyflor, all the LVT collections feature a polyurethane reinforcement (PUR) on the top of the floor layers to support ongoing maintenance and a simple cleaning regime.

Hardwood floorings need waxing on a regular basis to keep the floor shining and lustrous. Because it is not resistant to water, splashes or spills should be wiped off immediately. While hardwood flooring can be used for many years, scratches or wear from age will show up eventually. When this occurs, it is better to ask for help from a professional.

Overall, LVTs are easy to maintain and clean on a daily
basis while hardwood flooring needs to have more proper care and maintenance in
order for them to last many years.

Usage areas

Hardwood flooring can be used in many residential areas, except in bathrooms, kitchens or in other situations where splashes or dirt are commonly present. Luxury vinyl tiles, on the other hand, are not only suitable for residential areas but also ideally used in light traffic commercial applications such as offices and meeting room, making LVTs one of the most flexible and cost-efficient floor options on the market.

LVT - Affinity - Smoked Walnut 9880

If you're interested in looking for a wide range of designs with the benefit of low maintenance and durability, we recommend checking out our residential flooring ranges.