Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are both great floorings with a lot of benefits. They are both very durable and easy to install. The laminate is a click together plank, while the LVT can be in click together or glue down planks. The laminate is a print over a wood composite, and the LVT is a print over a stone and vinyl composite, or also come in thinner flexible planks.

The laminate is more affordable than LVT. Laminate is a bit more scratch resistant than LVT and scratches are less visible on laminate than LVT. Since laminate has a wood composite core the seams can swell if subjected to a lot of water over time. New technology has made the seams water resistant and less apt to get damaged. LVT is fully waterproof but not fully water tight. If you have flooding in a bathroom you can take up the floors and replace the subfloor and reuse the LVT.

Laminate is hard to repair. If you need to repair a damaged plank you will have to disconnect the flooring up to the damaged plank. This is also true for a click together LVT, but you will just need to remove the row of the damaged plank. A glue down LVT is very easy to repair when pressure sensitive glue is used; just heat up the plank and glue with a blowdryer and replace the plank.

Laminate is a thicker and sturdier product for older homes with weak subfloors. The wood composite boards are thicker and heavier than most LVT planks to help fortify a weak or thin subflooring. LVT rigid core planks are also a thicker sturdier plank and can be used as such also but will cost more.