LUXURY VINYL TILE: COST COMPARISONS

Learn the key differences between luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) from MSI's Everlife Collection - Rigid Core and Dry Back. We break down the comparative features and costs of these two popular LVT and LVP vinyl flooring options, simplifying your decision with a side-by-side comparison and images of each type of vinyl flooring.

It's no wonder that you've decided on luxury vinyl tile like so many other homeowners, designers, and Business owners. That's because this durable, low-maintenance material is an affordable alternative to natural stone and porcelain tile, real wood floors, and most carpets. But, picking out the perfect vinyl tile can be a bit overwhelming, especially finding one that suits your budget.

To help you decide how to give your space the warmth of wood without the high expenses, we’re breaking down the differences between the two series from MSI’s Everlife: Rigid Core and Dry Back. In this guide, we’ll compare the product features and costs of MSI’s diverse collections within those series so that you can select the luxury vinyl tile that’s right for your next project.

MSI'S EVERLIFE LVT

Luxury vinyl tile from MSI features on-trend wood looks in a wide range of stunning styles and patterns. These 100% waterproof, kid-proof, pet-proof, and low-maintenance planks and tiles are perfect for busy households to light commercial use. The H20-friendly floors are extremely durable and tough, so they can be installed in any room, from kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and playrooms to lobbies to hallways.

Choose from one of the collections from Everlife’s Rigid Core and Dry Back series for a range of products in 50 colorways that feature bold knots to fine graining to stone veining. No matter what style you’re going for, you can pick from weathered and reclaimed to traditional and refined to modern and streamlined. MSI offers industry-leading warranties and exclusive CrystaLux technology, a proprietary wearlayer that protects all Everlife LVT products against everyday messes like spills, pet accidents, scratches, and sun damage. Plus, these eco-friendly products are held to some of the highest standards for quality and safety, and their FloorScore and GreenGuard Gold certifications are an added bonus for eco-conscious consumers.

LVT flooring is considerably less expensive than many other flooring options available, and that includes the upkeep, too. Unlike real hardwood, you won’t ever need to seal, polish, or wax your dreamy wood-look luxury vinyl floors, and that saves time and money. No fancy cleaners are required, as daily care only includes a quick sweep with a broom or vacuum, and a damp cloth with a neutral PH cleaner will help clean up any messes. Also, remember that products with a thicker wearlayer may cost more but will help protect your floors even longer. To get a better look at how these products compare in price to each other, utilize the included tables to check the product dollar ratings.

THE RIGID CORE SERIES

Touted as the next-generation, 100% waterproof luxury vinyl tile, MSI’s Rigid Core Series from the Everlife Collection features an easy-install locking system for a simple installation process. With six collections within the series, you’ll find LVT in all price points and a mixture of wood looks and stone styles to suit your specific style. Take a deeper look at Ashton, Cyrus, XL Cyrus, Andover, Prescott, and Trecento to discover which one works best for your space.

Rigid core series: Ashton

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Smokey York Gray luxury Vinyl tile from the Ashton collection
by Everlife used in natural modern kitchen.

The most affordable from the Rigid Core Series, Ashton luxury vinyl tile comes in three colorways with medium to high shade variations. The patented easy-click locking system makes it a simple process to install the 7”x48” planks with a 4.4 mm thickness. They come with an attached pad for added comfort and better sound absorption as well as a 6 mil proprietary CrystaLux wearlayer.

Rigid core series: Cyrus

A mid-priced product from the Rigid Core Series, Cyrus luxury vinyl tile is available in more than 20 wood-look colors that range from light beiges and light grays to dark browns and dark grays as well as various realistic patterns that range from weathered to modern. The patented locking system makes installing the floating luxury vinyl planks easy. The 7”x48” planks also feature a 5 mm thickness and attached pad, and it includes MSI’s proprietary CrystaLux technology with a 12 mil wearlayer.

Rigid core series: XL Cyrus

Also running in the mid-price point range is XL Cyrus luxury vinyl tile from MSI’s Rigid Core Series. This collection features the same 20-plus wood looks as the Cyrus collection, but these floating-click planks come in larger sizes at 9”x60”, which may be better suited for larger installations. While they can work for classic, farmhouse, or bungalow interiors, the oversized planks create a cleaner, more streamlined style that’s a perfect fit for modern and industrial looks. They still feature the same 5 mm thickness, attached pad, and 12 mil CrystaLux wearlayer, but their enhanced beveled edges are the high-style details that create an authentic wood look and feel.

Rigid core series: Andover

Another mid-range priced LVT is Andover from the Rigid Core Series. This line of vinyl flooring comes in several color choices in styles like transitional to contemporary coastal, plus it features a thicker 20 mil commercial-grade CrystaLux wearlayer for better protection against everyday spills and scratches. The 7”x48” planks with a 5 mm thickness and enhanced beveled edges for a realistic look and feel also lock into place with the easy-click system and come with a pre-attached backing for quiet comfort underfoot.

Rigid core series: Prescott

The flagship LVT product from MSI, Prescott from the Rigid Core Series is also the thickest product at 6.5 mm. The 7”x48” planks with an attached pad also come in more than 20 colorways, including creamy hues to dove grays to handsome browns. For the cost, you get a thicker 20 mil commercial-grade wearlayer and one of the highest LVT warranties, such as a lifetime limited residential with dent-proof warranty, a 20-year limited light commercial warranty, and a 15-year limited commercial warranty.

Rigid core series: Trecento

Unlike any other LVT, Trecento from the Rigid Core Series is special because of its stone-look vinyl tiles that are also 100% waterproof. With elegantly neutral styles in white, gray, and greige, this sophisticated LVT

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White Ocean soft-veined stone look Luxury Vinyl tile from
Trecento collection by MSI

offers the same warmth and beauty of natural stone and luxurious marble but in a mid-range price point. The low-maintenance material with MSI’s proprietary 12 mil CrystaLux wearlayer also features MSI’s PietraTech, a true-to-life tile finish that includes rugged concrete to glass-like marble textures, and it’s only available in MSI’s Everlife Trecento series. The 5 mm thick tiles come in more modern shapes with 12x24 and 18x36 sizes instead of square tiles, and the slip-resistant finish makes it an excellent choice for wet spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

RIGID CORE LUXURY VINYL TILE PRICING COMPARISON

LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
ASHTON Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 4.4mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
7 X 48 Yes No 25 Year
Resedential
6mil
CrystaLuxTM
$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
CYRUS Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
7 X 48 Yes No Lifetime
Resedential
12 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
XL CYRUS Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
9 X 60 Yes No Lifetime
Resedential
12 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
ANDOVER Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
7 x 48 Yes No Lifetime
Resedential
20 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
PRESCOTT Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 6.5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
7 x 48 Yes No Lifetime
Resedential
Commercial
Grade 20 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
TRECENTO Rigid Core 1mm IXPE Patented Locking System Medium - High Wood 5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
12 x 24
18 x 36
Yes No Lifetime
Resedential
12 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$

THE DRY BACK SERIES

With even more affordable options, the Dry Back Series from MSI’s Everlife Collection features flexible glue-down vinyl flooring that’s protected against everyday dents, scratches, and stains thanks to MSI’s proprietary CrystaLux wearlayer. These luxurious, cost-effective styles come in a wide range of desirable wood looks and colors and are approved for all grade levels for both residential and commercial installations, so you can add these to different floors like basement levels. However, because they are glue-down products, they are thinner and don’t include an attached backing. Let’s take a look at Katavia, Glenridge, and Wilmont to see which collection could transform your space for less.

Dry Back Series: Katavia

One of the most affordable glue-down products is Katavia from the Dry Back Series. With several colors in beige to gray to brown, this collection of LVT features wood looks that vary from weathered to refined. The 6”x48” planks with a 2 mm thickness come with a 6 mil CrystaLux wearlayer for added protection.

Dry Back Series: Glenridge

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Aged Hickory reclaimed wood look kitchen luxury
vinyl tile from the Glenridge by MSI

Another low-cost luxury vinyl tile is Glenridge from the Dry Back Series. With more than 10 colors and patterns to choose from, you’ll find more variety and a stronger 12 mil CrystaLux wearlayer with this flexible glue-down line of vinyl floor tiles. The 6”x48” planks are also 2 mm thick.

Dry Back Series: Wilmont

As a medium-priced luxury vinyl tile, Wilmont from the Dry Back Series features thicker and wider planks at 2.5 mm thick 7”x48”, and it comes in several realistic-looking wood styles. For the extra cost, you get the thickest wearlayer of all the Dry Back Series, with a 20 mil commercial-grade CrystaLux wearlayer, and the longest offered warranty of the line, including a lifetime limited residential, 10-year limited light commercial, and 5-year limited commercial.

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Charcoal Oak Griege tone wood look luxury vinyl tile apartment flooring from Wilmont collection by MSI

Which Everlife Product Will You Choose?

Overall, luxury vinyl tile is a cost-effective flooring choice for both home and business design projects, and it can beautifully mimic the same colors, styles, and textures of real hardwood and natural stone without the expensive price tags and costly upkeep. With this price comparison guide, you’ll have a better idea about what LVT features matter most and which product best fits into your budget. No matter which MSI Everlife luxury vinyl tile you choose, whether it’s from the easy-click Rigid Core Series or the glue-down Dry Back Series, you’ll end up with a beautiful floor that stands up to life’s messy moments and will require very little maintenance to keep it looking like new.

DRY BACK VINYL FLOORING PRICING COMPARISON

LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
KATAVIA Rigid Core Glue Down Medium - High Wood 2mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
6 X 48 No No 15 Year
Resedential
6 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
GLENRIDGE Rigid Core Glue Down Medium - High Wood 2mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
6 X 48 No No 25 Year
Resedential
12 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$
LVT Collection LVT Type Backing Type Installation Shade Variation Style Thickness
WILMONT Rigid Core Glue Down Medium - High Wood 2.5mm
Size With Acoustic Pad Enhanced Bevelled Edges Warranty Wearlayer Average Retail Price
7 x 48 No No Lifetime
Resedential
20 mil
CrystaLuxTM
$$