Choosing The Best Luxury Vinyl Tile For Bathrooms

Sydney Smith
Sydney Smith
Interior Design Assistant
Feb 15, 2024
Choosing The Best Luxury Vinyl Tile  For Bathrooms

Are you contemplating a bathroom makeover but overwhelmed by flooring choices? It’s easy to do. However, the appeal of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is unmistakable, with its rising popularity showcasing a wealth of options for homeowners. Particularly in bathroom renovations, likely due to its water resistance and wood-like appearance, the value add is significant and offers a promising return on investment. Unlike its predecessors, modern vinyl flooring is a resilient, synthetic marvel that gracefully occupies spaces once reserved for traditional ceramics, porcelain tiles, or hardwoods, bringing versatility and style to the modern bathroom.

The Composition of Vinyl Flooring 

At its core, vinyl flooring is primarily composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), lending it durability and flexibility. Traditional forms, such as sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles, feature a composite structure where a PVC layer is bonded to a fibrous core. The quality of vinyl flooring is largely dependent on the thickness of the material, the toughness of the wear layer, and the type of backing used, all contributing to its longevity and resilience.

The 3 Types of Vinyl Flooring 

Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT): This economical option is great for DIY enthusiasts, made from a mix of limestone, filler materials, thermoplastic binders, and color pigments. While VCT requires surface polishing for protection, it is somewhat vulnerable to water penetration due to its seams.

Pros and cons

  • Economical and suitable for DIY installation.
  • Made from limestone, filler materials, thermoplastic binders, and color pigments.
  • Requires surface polishing for protection.
  • Vulnerable to water penetration due to seams.
    ▪ Costs range: VCT itself typically costs between ~$0.50 to $2.50 per square foot

Sheet Vinyl: For areas where waterproofing is paramount, sheet vinyl excels. Its continuous sheets minimize seams, offering enhanced water resistance. The design is achieved through a digital graphics "film" layer of PVC.

Pros and cons

  • Ideal for spaces requiring full waterproofing.
  • Continuous sheets offer more water resistance due to fewer seams.
  • Made with a digital graphics "film" layer of PVC for design. 
    ▪ Costs range: The average cost range for sheet vinyl flooring typically falls between ~$0.50 and $2.00 per square foot for the material alone. This price can vary based on the quality, design, thickness, and brand of the sheet vinyl. High-end luxury sheet vinyl with more elaborate designs and enhanced durability features can cost more, sometimes up to $5.00 per square foot or higher.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF): For those seeking a high-end look with the practicality of waterproofing, LVF, including LVT and luxury vinyl planks (LVP), is ideal. Comprising a limestone-based mineral blend mixed with PVC composites, LVF can convincingly mimic wood, stone, ceramics, or even metal.

Pros and cons

  • Suitable for a high-end look in waterproof spaces.
  • Known as luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl planks (LVP).
  • Made of limestone-based mineral material mixed with PVC composites.
  • Can mimic wood, stone, ceramics, or metal.
    ▪ Costs range: The average cost range for Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF), which includes both Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP), typically falls between ~$2.00 and $7.00 per square foot for the material alone.

The Top Benefits of Vinyl Flooring 

The durability of LVT makes it perfect for homes bustling with kids, pets, or high foot traffic. Its 100% waterproof styles, ease of cleaning, comfort underfoot, slip resistance, simple installation, affordability, and wide range of design options make it a versatile choice for any space.

The Biggest Drawbacks of Vinyl Flooring 

Despite its many advantages, vinyl flooring can be challenging to repair if damaged. Additionally, installing LVT in bathrooms requires different considerations compared to other rooms, due to the unique moisture and humidity levels.

Vinyl Flooring in Specific Areas of the Home

LVT is versatile enough for installation in various home areas, from gathering spaces and utility areas to kitchens and bathrooms. However, it is generally not recommended for use on stairs due to safety and wear considerations.

Vinyl as an Alternative to Other Materials 

LVT stands out as a superior alternative to hardwood in moisture-prone areas, offering a similar aesthetic without the susceptibility to water damage. Compared to ceramic, LVT provides additional warmth, softness underfoot, and more realistic design options, making it a preferred choice for many homeowners.

Vinyl Flooring Styles and Collections 

The versatility of LVT designs is vast, with collections offering realistic imitations of various wood species, textures, stone styles, and more. This diversity allows homeowners to tailor their flooring to match any interior design theme.

Installation and Care 

LVT is celebrated for its DIY-friendly installation methods, including repositionable self-adhesive, floating floor, and glue-down options. Proper installation ensures waterproofing in bathrooms, protecting against steam and water spills. LVF's durability makes it suitable for high-traffic areas, with its cost-effectiveness and straightforward installation adding to its appeal. Maintenance of luxury vinyl planks is also easy, requiring minimal effort to keep the flooring looking its best.


In the search for the ideal bathroom flooring, luxury vinyl tile stands out as a robust, stylish, and practical option. Its versatility, ease of care, and wide range of designs make it a compelling choice for homeowners looking to combine aesthetics with functionality.

For those interested in exploring luxury vinyl tile further, numerous resources are available, including manufacturer guides, installation tutorials, and design inspiration galleries, providing everything needed to embark on a successful bathroom renovation with LVT.

You can also reach out to a Revive Property Advisor who works closely with our Interior Design team to assist you with your next renovation project. 

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Sydney Smith
Sydney Smith
Interior Design Assistant
Feb 15, 2024

A student at Academy of Art University with hands-on design experience from Hibner Design Group. Skilled in CAD and project management, Sydney seamlessly blends academic insights with practical design know-how.

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