What Exactly is Luxury Vinyl Tile?
Have you ever looked down at the floor in a friend’s new home or a coffee shop and thought, “ I wonder what this floor is? Is it wood? Laminate or something else?” You may even have asked your friend. It’s definitely not wood, and while often confused with laminate, it’s different.
Let’s talk about LVT, or luxury vinyl tile. It’s one of the largest growing flooring trends, and according to fcnews.net, sales of LVT have grown from $750 million in 2012 to over $2.6 billion in 2017. That’s a big jump! There must be a reason, right?
Even though LVT has become popular, many people don’t know exactly what it is, or if it would be a good option for them.
So, let’s walk through the ABCs of LVT. By the end of this article, you’ll have all the information you need to decide if LVT is right for your flooring needs.
What is LVT?
Luxury vinyl tile is mainly made of PVC vinyl, which is both stable and flexible, making it great for flooring. It also has a clear, protective top layer to keep the wear and tear from ever reaching the printed design, meaning your floors will last longer looking like new.
LVT is made by using a combination of heat and pressure to press layers of vinyl together to create a secure bond between the layers. Similar to how a diamond is created, the pressure makes the tile strong and durable.
Maintenance of LVT Flooring
Why is LVT being installed in so many homes and commercial areas with high traffic? For starters, it’s easy to maintain. All you have to do is clean it when it gets dirty. If you spill something that stains, wipe it off. If it’s dusty, dust it. There’s really not much you need to do to keep it in good shape. Simple, right?
What About Scratches?
The clear top coat makes it hard to scratch LVT. Unless you’re pulling a heavy piece of furniture across the floor, you probably won’t scratch it. LVT is durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear. Treat your floors with respect and they will stay with you for a good while.
Along with LVT being durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to maintain, it’s affordable, too. More than likely you will find an LVT option that will fit into your budget. Currently, LVT prices start at $2.50 per square foot, an incredible deal.
Installation is a tricky subject when it comes to any type of flooring. Depending on your level experience, technically a DIYer can install any flooring. But, it’s wise to have a flooring specialist involved in the process.
There are so many variables that go into installing flooring well, and you don’t want to take any chances. Installation mistakes could cost you time, money, and reduce the life of your floors. So, for peace of mind and perfect floors, go with professional installers.
What Do You Think?
Now that we’ve learned what it is, why it’s popular, and the advantages of LVT, do you think it meets your flooring needs? If what you’re looking for is affordable, durable, scratch-resistant flooring that is easy to switch out, then it may be a good choice for you.
If you’re wanting something to last forever and are willing to pay for it, maybe wood is better. It’s really up to you and your flooring needs.
See for Yourself in our Norcross Showroom or We’ll Come to You
If you think that LVT may work for you, why not stop by our showroom in Norcross where you can see samples of the latest LVT products. Don’t feel like driving to Norcross, no problem! We’ll come to you with samples. Our phone number and email are below. It’s just that simple to get new LVT flooring for your home.