PVC Flooring Vs Vinyl Flooring – Ask the Home Flooring Pros

Last Updated: February 17, 2023, by: Jamie Sandford

Continuing our Ask the Home Flooring Pros series of articles, we turn our attention to a common question we get asked quite a lot, which is…What is PVC flooring, and is there any difference between PVC flooring and vinyl flooring?

pvc and vinyl flooring samples


The short answer is no, there is no difference between the two, PVC flooring and Vinyl flooring are one and the same. PVC stands for Poly Vinyl Chloride and while that is the accurate definition of what vinyl flooring is made from it is hardly a description that rolls off the tongue!

PVC is also used for more than just flooring…most pipes are made from PVC, most of our cabling is covered in PVC and if you’ve ever been a punk or a goth you’ll no doubt be familiar with PVC clothing! If you really want to get to know PVC check out this Wikipedia page.

All this is to say that the flooring industry took the wise decision to market PVC flooring as vinyl flooring…so if you’ve been searching online for PVC flooring and wondering why you can’t find an online retailer that stocks it… now you know why!


Now that we’ve cleared up that confusion please take a look at our other guides about PVC, or rather vinyl, flooring. For those of you interested in PVC wood flooring take a look at our reviews of the best vinyl wood flooring brands and products. LVT is the latest high quality version of PVC flooring and is very popular. Also, are you aware of loose lay vinyl flooring, this great new flooring product is taking pvc to the next level!

If you’re looking for more general information on the installation and pricing of PVC flooring then please check out our vinyl flooring guides. And of course if you have any more questions for the Home Flooring Pros please ask in the comments below or contact us today.

About the Author: Jamie Sandford

Jamie Sandford, Owner and Editor of Home Flooring ProsJamie Sandford is the Owner and Chief Editor of Home Flooring Pros (find out more). After 12 years’ experience in screen and stage set construction, followed by a further 15 years working in the home renovation/remodeling business, he now writes and curates online home improvement advice.

“Buying and installing home flooring should be a fairly straightforward process, but often it isn’t. After more than 15 years experience in home flooring and remodeling, I started Home Flooring Pros in 2013 to help homeowners navigate the often-over complicated process of choosing, buying and installing a home floor. The aim is to save you time and money by helping you to make better floor buying decisions.”

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