Luxury Vinyl Tile or LVT is one of the best-kept secrets in luxury flooring. It’s become an increasingly popular choice because of the many benefits it offers. In this blog, we’ll answer some of your most common questions about LVT.
What’s the difference between “luxury” vinyl tile and “non-luxury?”
Luxury Vinyl Tile is manufactured in tiles and planks, which are comprised of layers to help increase durability and resist damage. The non-luxury type, or “sheet vinyl,” is produced in a long roll, so there aren’t as many pieces used for any given room. But it’s thinner than LVT, and if one tile of LVT is damaged, it can be easily replaced for about the same cost as you would have to replace a ceramic tile.
How do I know that the Luxury Vinyl wood planks will be as durable as real hardwood floors?
They have been used in numerous businesses, including retail, which gets a lot of heavy foot traffic. They have held up so well for commercial use, they are an excellent choice for residential use. Plus, they’ve been around long enough to prove that they’re long lasting and durable over many years. That’s why warranties can be from 20 to 25 years. Warranties vary by manufacturer, and brand name Luxury Vinyl Tile typically offers longer warranties.
Does a thicker LVT floor mean it will be more durable?
It’s more important that the top layer of the floor be thick, not necessarily the whole flooring. The top layer is what stands up to traffic, wear and tear, etc. When you purchase LVT, to relieve stress, be sure to get a good warranty to protect yourself from any unforeseen issues.
I want my floors to look exactly like stone. Can I get that look with LVT? What about grout lines?
You can get tile patterns with or without grout lines, depending on the look you want to achieve. And yes, you can have an amazingly authentic look AND feel of stone and slate textures. Whether it has the appearance of stone, ceramic or wood, it looks and feels like the real thing. If you’re considering this option, it’s a good idea to browse the different styles and talk to professionals who can advise you and install it for you.
What kind of a sub-floor do I need before installing LVT?
You can install LVT over a concrete slab or series of layers of wood and other products. But first, the sub-floor must be prepped before installation. You want to make sure the surface is clean and dry, with no bumps or gaps. It’s best to have a professional install it because flooring is so essential to your home, you want to ensure that no mistakes are made.
I have flat feet, and they get very sore when I stand on hard floors for long periods of time. Is Luxury Vinyl Tile a good choice for me?
LVT is more resilient than hard surface floors because it has multiple layers plus a durable backing as the foundation. For these reasons, it is easier to stand on for long periods of time. It’s also warmer than ceramic tile, so it’s even more comfortable during colder months.
What types of damage are most common with LVT floors?
LVT is not very susceptible to most of the things that can cause damage to regular wood flooring: moisture, cracks, wear from rubbing, scratches and dents. LVT is moderately affected by scratches and abrasions. It can be gouged if you drag a heavy appliance, such as a washing machine, across it. But if you take regular precautions and care for it properly, these shouldn’t be issues. To clean LVT, all you need to do is simple damp mopping every so often.
What else do I need to know about LVT?
Besides the affordability, ease of maintenance and authenticity, LVT is also a top safety choice in flooring. It meets the required commercial flammability codes and is also slip resistant.
If you’d like to have the timeless beauty of stone, ceramic or wood flooring for an affordable price, talk to the experts at Sequoia. We sell Luxury Vinyl Tile, as well as other classic flooring options. Talk to us today.