Traditional LVT vs Hybrid Vinyl Flooring 

You may be familiar with traditional luxury vinyl plank flooring, but hybrid vinyl flooring is a new category on the market. There are some key differences to note between these two flooring options that set them apart. We will compare traditional LVT vs hybrid flooring and outline the key pros and cons, so you can select the right floor for your project.

Traditional LVT vs Hybrid Vinyl Differences

Construction – A traditional LVT and a hybrid vinyl are very different when it comes to construction. This is the main factor that sets these floors apart. A hybrid vinyl floor will have two main construction features that a traditional LVT will not.

One is the rigid core construction that gives this floor impeccable dent resistance and stability. The second is the aluminum oxide wear layer that is more durable for dents, fading and stain resistance than the wear layer of a standard luxury vinyl. A hybrid vinyl has the same top coating as a laminate floor, allowing it to be classified with an AC rating.

A typical LVT has an urethane based top coat that is less resistant to UV rays, certain chemicals and dents. It will also have a flexible construction that is softer and less resilient compared to a hybrid vinyl.

Plank Thickness – Hybrid flooring will usually be thicker than traditional LVT. Luxury vinyl flooring usually ranges from 2mm to 4mm, while a hybrid floor can be 6mm or more.

Subfloor – Both a traditional LVT and a hybrid vinyl can be installed over plywood, cement and existing floors, but a traditional vinyl will not be as forgiving with subfloor imperfections. If you have any dents or protrusions, a traditional LVT will take on the shape. Due to the thickness and specialized core, a hybrid vinyl will not change shape and can mask small imperfections.

Installation – You can find traditional LVT planks with a glue down, loose lay or click lock installation. Hybrid vinyl floors will be a floating click lock, tongue and groove system that is DIY friendly.

Dent Resistance – Traditional LVT floors are soft and pliable, which means heavy furniture can easily dent the material. A hybrid vinyl is very dent resistant and a great option for commercial settings.

Price – Due to the engineering of hybrid vinyl flooring, it is a more expensive option compared to LVT. A luxury vinyl floor will be significantly cheaper and is a popular option for budget projects.

Traditional LVT vs Hybrid Vinyl Similarities

100% Waterproof – Traditional LVTs and hybrid vinyls are 100% waterproof. Spills and humidity will not cause any damage to these types of vinyl flooring options.

Availability – Both traditional LVT and hybrid vinyl floors are available in a variety of colors, decors, patterns, textures and plank widths. You can find each type of floor in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic.

Application – Like most vinyl flooring options, traditional LVTs and hybrid vinyls can be installed below, on and above grade. They are great flooring options for kitchens, baths, laundry rooms and businesses like restaurants or cafes.

Maintenance & Cleaning – All vinyl flooring options are very easy to clean and maintain. It just takes a little effort to regularly sweep and deep clean occasionally

Underlayment – You can use vinyl underlayment with an LVT and hybrid floor. Typically, a hybrid vinyl will feature an attached underlayment. With a floating LVT, you can use an LVT specific underlayment for any floor of 4mm or more. Underlayment can help to add cushion, reduce noise and add comfort underfoot.

Vinyl Comparison Chart

Below is a general comparison to the types of vinyl flooring on the market. Keep in mind that these are general assumptions and average prices. Depending on your needs and type of flooring, additional features may change the generalization of this chart.

Fade Resistance Moderate Moderate Moderate High
Wear Resistance High High High High
Stains Resistance Moderate Moderate Moderate High
Dents Resistance Moderate High Low High
Scratch Resistance High High Moderate High
Moisture Resistance High High High High
Care Easy Easy Easy Easy
Installation DIY Friendly DIY Friendly DIY Friendly DIY Friendly
Avg. Price/ sq.ft $1.75 – $4.00 $1.50- $3.00+ $0.50 – $2.00 $4.00+

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