Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

LIFE CYCLE COST ANALYSIS (LCCA) Floor Coverings Comparison

As consumers look for more sustainable and durable products for their homes, it is common to consider the total cost of owning a product over the full life cycle of the building and not simply the initial product and installation costs. A Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is a comprehensive economic assessment of such costs.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) commissioned an independent consultant to conduct an LCCA comparing 18 different flooring types in a typical office building. Similar, or even better, results would be expected in residential structures. A 75-year lifespan was used for this study. In all cases, quarry tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, solid wood, and engineered wood cost less per year than all other flooring.

The LCCA Floor Coverings Comparison is an easy-to-use tool that aids decision makers in the evaluation of long-term flooring costs. When flooring material, installation, maintenance, and replacement costs are factored in, choosing real wood flooring is a smart buying decision.

The LCCA Floor Coverings Comparison is available here

The LCCA Sales Sheet of Various Types of Wood Flooring at Various Price Points is available here