Yay! You’ve finally settled on a new floor, and are impressed because you now know just how stylish and easy to maintain vinyl is; and this incredible flooring will give you the authentic look of tile, stone or hardwood, with all of the texture and depth that comes with it.

How do I know what form I want, though? Here’s the easy-peasy explanation from Prianti’s.

You can get this material in sheet form, or you can get it cut up into tile-sized pieces or planks.

Appearance is really the biggest difference between luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP). One looks like tile, stone or hardwood. They all come in a large assortment of colors designs and species, and the cutting, with their seams, makes it all the more realistic.

Both are completely waterproof, especially when you add the WPC (Wood Plastic Composite), core, which is completely impervious to water and super durable.

One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not an underlayment is necessary with vinyl. The answer to that is: “It depends.” You can install the flooring right over sub-floors, but the sub-floor has to be in good shape. You can also use it to give the floor more flexibility, making it easier to stand on, and to decrease noise. There are a few exceptions, however, so discuss this with your flooring pro.

The 411 on sheet form
This one is also waterproof, and there’s no difference in the kind of material used. Both are kid-and-pet-friendly. In fact; all forms, whether LVT, LVP or sheet, are recommended in homes with kids.

However, vinyl sheet flooring, which comes in rolls, has no seams, and that can make it look a little less realistic than LVP and LVT.

It’s also more difficult to install; while both LVP and LVT come in pieces that click together, making it a more manageable project, the large sheet can be pretty unwieldy, making it less desirable for DIY.

Come into the Prianti’s Flooring showroom in Port St. Lucie, FL, and we’ll help you sort it out.