March 27, 2020

Are you taking on a renovation project and find yourself undecided between the option of laying down luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) or porcelain tiles?

You’re not alone but don’t worry, you’re in the right place. In this expert led blog instalment we’ve done the leg work for you, pulling together all the information and popping it into one digestible post that’ll tell you why ultimately, you need porcelain tiles in your home.

Cost

We know the price you pay for your tiles is important, so we’ve done the calculations for you. Popular LVT brand Karndean has wood style planks that would be installed around the £40-50/m2 mark whilst more premium LVTs, particularly the more intricate styles will be more costly, typically £70-120/m2 installed.

Installation costs of porcelain tiles can vary but we think £30/m2 is a good starting point, at the Yorkshire Tile Company we have porcelain tiles from just £20/m2 meaning you can achieve a fitted porcelain tiled floor for £50/m2. We appreciate this is a slightly higher starting point compared to LVT but we promise you our porcelain tiles will be better value in the long term especially when you use our BAL adhesive and grout, guaranteeing any project specified by us for 25 years.

Bring the classic wood look into your home with our Urbia Wood porcelain tiles, which is currently on special offer for £28/m2. 


The lifespan of your tiles

Whatever your lifestyle we can guarantee your flooring choice will be put through its paces, whether its children, pets or high heel wearing indoors so don’t you want tiles that you can count on?

Durability & Scratch Resistance

Whilst LVT will feel soft under foot and not typically show wear from everyday use it can be cut or torn by sharp objects or if the furniture is dragged across it. Certainly not what you want when you’ve spent time and money on your new flooring.

Porcelain tiles on the other hand are extremely durable. This is because they are made from a much harder material than wood or LVT, therefore porcelain is highly resistant to scratches and other types of damages.

Risk of fading

LVT may look beautiful when it is first laid but over time if exposed to sunlight it will start to fade. We’ve known customers who kept blinds shut or curtains drawn to limit sun exposure until they came to us for help.

We recommend these porcelain tiles inspired by traditional wood flooring. Grand seamlessly blends together the old and the new with its timeless is it wood pattern in a modern large format size.

Quality

Shrinking & Thermal properties

Compared to LVT, you could argue that porcelain tiles are colder under foot which may be less favourable for some but introduce under floor heating and these worries will disappear. Porcelain tiles have much better thermal properties than vinyl tiles and they can even shrink when laid over underfloor heating!

The moisture you don’t want

Not only are LVT heat-sensitive but if there are any gaps between the planks (which can appear over time), moisture can get underneath leading to the growth of mildew or mould whereas tiles have long been the choice in swimming pools, reinforcing their resistance to water.

The Nature porcelain tile has a simple wood inspired design allowing this tile to grace any living space you choose, leaving your furniture to do the talking.

So why is a porcelain tile better than LVT?

Attribute LVT  Porcelain Note

Appearance & authenticity

Both an LVT and porcelain floor can look luxurious and realistic.

Enhances resale value

  Porcelain wins on kudos when selling your home.

Wear

  No option is indestructible but LVT is made of a softer material whereas porcelain is stronger and therefore more resistant to damages.

Installation

LVT can be installed with floating or direct glue down. Porcelain requires specialist adhesive and grout. Both are easily installed.

Cost



 
LVT is a cheaper choice in the short term but certainly not value in the long term.

Suitability for UFH

  Porcelain tiles have better thermal properties whereas vinyl will shrink.


Ability to recycle

   
  LVT is ultimately made from plastics which cannot be recycled unlike porcelain tiles.

Does not contain unpleasant chemicals

  There are some nasty products in some types of vinyl which will give off noxious fumes if burnt.

Fade resistance

  Vinyl in bright sunlight can fade over time.

Resists flood damage

  Porcelain tiles and adhesive are unaffected by water whereas if gaps develop between the planks on LVT moisture can get underneath.

No risks of shrinking

  Vinyl can shrink if pre-heated or laid over underfloor heating.

Resists surface dulling

  Micro scratches on the wear layer of LVT make the surface go dull/matt over time.

Maintenance

  Porcelain tiles win on this front as an individual tile could be easily replaced if necessary, LVT is difficult to remove once it’s installed and cannot be repaired.


To summarise

If you’re about to start a renovation project and are debating whether to choose LVT or porcelain tiles look further than the initial cost and think about value and cost per wear – if your project is a floor that is in a high traffic area (think living, dining room or kitchen) and with direct sunlight the smart choice would easily be porcelain tiles. They will last longer, wear better and will be a greener, more environmentally friendly choice. Add our BAL adhesive and grout with your porcelain tile pick and we’ll guarantee your project for 25 years, now that’s peace of mind.

We sell a wide range of porcelain tiles for all budgets and can put you in touch with tilers who can quote for your project as soon as you’re ready to begin so what are you waiting for? Speak to one of our experience team members today about getting the best porcelain tiles for you call YTC on 0114 273 1133 or visit your local showroom in Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne or in Doncaster.