Luxury Vinyl Tiles(LVT) or Planks (LVP)is a product that looks like real wood, stone or ceramic flooring, but costs less and is 100 percent WATERPROOF. It is becoming the most popular type of floor across the board and is available in a variety of natural colors and designs. You can now have a waterproof floor with the look of luxury wood. Vinyl resists most scratches, scuffs and stains. It is easy to clean, pet friendly, and is available in slip-resistant options.
Get the real look and feel
LVT is made to imitate the look of real ceramic or stone flooring while Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) look like real wood, often with scraped or embossed textures. It is a resilient flooring material known for comfort and warmth. You can put vinyl flooring in any place in your home. This is a great way to give your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room a more modern and upscale feel. It is perfect for busy homes since it absorbs shocks. Vinyl does not crack or chip as a result of dropping a heavy item and does not retain damage from spills.
The difference between LVT and laminate
LVT is often confused with other types of hardwood flooring or laminate due mostly to the similar look of the top layer. Laminate flooring is constructed differently (visit our Laminate page for more details). With LVT, the core layer is made of vinyl which is not affected by moisture. It is also much less rigid than laminate flooring. With laminate’s click and lock installation, it’s often called a “floating floor” system and can, in most cases, be installed entirely in one day.
LVT has a wide range of design choices. It was originally called “hot pressed” tile, since it is made of layers that are fused together under heat and pressure. It has a vinyl back with a vinyl core. There is a print film layer that gets applied with your chosen design. It is then covered with a protective wear layer that guards against scuffs and scratches and protects the design layer, followed by a polyurethane coating. This coating is sometimes strengthened with aluminum oxide, ceramic or silica beads.
Installation and maintenance
There are two types of installation for LVT and LVP. Loose lay and glue down. You will need to check which requirements you have for your floor. Tiles are usually glued down while planks come with a click-lock system by which the planks fit into each other. If the area will carry heavy rolling loads, a glue down product is a better idea than a floating installation. During the first 48 hours after installation, try to keep foot traffic on the surface to a minimum. Wait at least 24 hours before putting any furniture on the floor. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove dirt and grime.