When planning your next design project, you can choose from a variety of floor types: concrete, wood, laminate or ceramics.
Then, of course, the luxury vinyl base plate is flexible in terms of style and design, as well as durability and stability.
Considering many factors, how do you know which flooring is the best for your next project?
Enmansen SPC flooring experts have studied and analyzed the comparison of floor types, focusing on how each floor resists luxury vinyl flooring products. We evaluated each floor type using the following elements:
Appearance and style
Durability and stability
There are many other factors at work, but the key to reducing the floor type is to choose a floor that fits your budget, has a long service life and can achieve the desired design aesthetic in your space.
Floor type list
Laminate flooring is made using 3D printing technology, which can reproduce the appearance and style of natural materials (such as wood and stone), but the cost is only a small part of hardwood, ceramics, natural stone and other flooring materials. Laminates can also be customized and designed indefinitely. Important factors to consider:
Laminates are usually made of HDF or high-density fiberboard (made of recycled hardwood).
It's not waterproof.
It is not ideal for areas with high humidity or areas prone to splashing and exposure to water.
Laminates can definitely stack well with other flooring types, but look pale compared to LVT.
Hardwood flooring has existed for a long time, so that it has won the honor of being the standard of flooring materials. However, although hardwood is never out of date, it is limited in application because it is not suitable for areas with large traffic. Important factors to consider:
Hardwood flooring is durable and stable.
It needs regular maintenance.
Only for non humid, low traffic areas.
Suitable for sports and residential use, but expensive.
Regular maintenance and treatment costs.
In terms of appearance and feel, hardwood may be one of the most ideal flooring types, but enmansen's luxury vinyl flooring can match hardwood flooring in design and cost.
The ceramic floor will last forever. Moisture and environmental changes will not affect the ceramic floor - this means it will not expand or contract. However, the stability of ceramics is also the key. Important factors to consider include:
The strongest characteristic of ceramics is its stability.
Ceramic flooring is expensive, messy and time-consuming to install and disassemble.
Ceramic floor has no flexure or yield, and is more prone to crack and other damage.
Ceramics are limited by their installation, disassembly, customization costs and time.
Ceramic flooring may be meaningful for some low impact applications, but its versatility is limited - especially compared to enmansen's luxury vinyl flooring products.
It is generally believed that vinyl is the vinyl flooring product you produce in the factory. However, it is fair to point out that there are many benefits to using vinyl sheets - especially in highly critical environments, such as hospitals or medical institutions, where there are fewer seams on the floor that must be installed for health reasons. However, although vinyl sheets are effective in some cases, they are not the best choice in all areas. Important factors to consider include:
Must be installed in one or two large pieces.
Poor durability and stability.
Compared with luxury vinyl tiles, it is not so easy to repair.
Application is relatively easy.
Difficult to transport.
Future repairs / overhauls may increase the total cost.
Vinyl sheets are usually made on 6 to 15 foot wide, 3-foot-diameter calenders, each of which is bulky, expensive, and capable of producing one type of vinyl sheet. While vinyl sheets may be ideal for areas such as highly critical hospital environments, overall luxury vinyl tiles or planks are a more flexible option for most commercial and residential facilities. Understand the difference – sheet vinyl vs. vinyl tile.
VCT is a porous flooring option consisting of a small amount of vinyl with limestone and other filler materials. VCT is a "universal" flooring solution – meaning it's limited in design possibilities due to limited color and pattern choices and sometimes overly strict design structures. Some important factors to remember include:
If properly maintained, it is suitable for high flow environments.
Conventional wax / surface treatment / polishing applications are required to provide protection.
Limited design and pattern options.
Reduced upfront costs, but continued maintenance costs.
Although VCT works well in high traffic environment, it still needs continuous maintenance. Luxury flooring, on the other hand, is easier to clean and maintain than VCT. In addition to being more durable, the long-term maintenance cost of luxury vinyl flooring is much lower.
Throughout the retail and hospitality industry, concrete has become a popular material and design appearance for floor and wall spaces, often used to add a more diligent look to the space.
Concrete can be dyed or dyed to match almost any color, and if necessary, texture patterns can be applied to the concrete as it sets. Using these techniques, you can achieve a different stone like appearance, or polish the concrete for a smooth appearance. Some important factors to remember include:
Many design options (Polish / dye) are permanent.
Current design trends for hotels / retail, but not for healthcare and other industries.
Despite its durability, the hardness of concrete can sometimes be uncomfortable.
Pricing considerations should take into account the cost of preparation, dyeing and / or polishing costs or materials and labor.
The installation of the luxury vinyl floor on the concrete is simple and seamless, and the vinyl base plate itself is easier to maintain, and provides a wide range of design options, which are bound to be suitable for any interior design method. Vinyl is also more comfortable underfoot, especially with extra padding.
When it comes to appearance and style, carpets offer amazing design versatility. For carpets, due to the use of dyeing and tufting technology, you can choose more colors, but less patterns, or choose more styles of carpets, but less colors. Some important factors to remember include:
There are many design options, but there are limitations.
The most popular flooring choice in Hospitality / company.
Challenging cleaning / maintenance.
Long time installation and maintenance are expensive.
Although carpets are ideal for flooring, luxury vinyl flooring is customizable, designable, and replicates the look and style of various flooring materials such as concrete, stone, and wood.
Linoleum represents the veteran of floor selection. Linoleum is made of linseed oil. It was founded in 1860's. Some important factors to remember include:
Limited design options.
Additional maintenance is required during installation.
Additional maintenance is required.
Limited to certain applications in the education and healthcare industry.
Today, however, linoleum is considered to be the most common flooring product in schools and hospitals. Therefore, interior designers usually rely on vinyl flooring as a durable and well-designed floor in their commercial design projects