The Truth About LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)


Have you noticed the beautiful hardwood floors in some of the newest supermarkets and retail stores?

Surprise!!  Many of them aren’t Hardwood at all!!

One of the hottest trends in flooring these days is LVT, also known as Luxury Vinyl Tile.  As you may be able to guess from the name, this flooring surface captures the essence of wood, stone, metal, and original graphic designs in a wide array of tile and plank sizes.

Commercial LVT combines the best of durability, technology, and design to give you the look and performance you expect.

LVT also know as LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) is thinner than ceramic tile, wood, and other types of flooring.  It doesn’t require an underlayment, so it’s possible to go over existing flooring without raising the floor much; however, it needs to be installed on a smooth surface, and most manufacturers do not recommend LVT over other floating floor systems.

LVT is different than other vinyl goods in the way that it’s manufactured and in it’s overall aesthetic.  It can precisely replicate the character, graining, and look of real hardwood.  You can also buy textured “stone” tiles that look incredibly similar to the real thing.

Is Luxury Vinyl for you?   Here are a few features and benefits to help you decide:

  • It creates a remarkably realistic 3-D photo replication of natural materials
  • It’s a fraction of the price of real hardwood or stone
  • LVT is easy to maintain simply by damp-mopping it
  • It has a built-in water resistance.  As long as there’s no water seepage beneath the floor, it’s easy to clean up spills from above.
  • Includes specialized wear-layers that are scuff, dent, scratch, and stain resistant
  • In terms of durability, LVT is more than qualified for residential use, handling high-traffic areas easily.  It’s made to withstand commercial wear and tear, plus it usually comes with excellent warranties.
  • There is a huge selection of sizes, shapes, and styles, from distressed wood, to tactile slate, to woven textiles.  Beautiful realism is embedded into the product and there are a large variety of options available.

It’s definitely worth looking into as a flooring option in your home.  LVT has enough advantages to merit your consideration when choosing new floors for your space.  Be sure to ask one of our flooring consultants to show you what we have in store.