Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), a product that looks and feels like natural stone flooring, has many practical advantages. With the many shapes, sizes, and effects that are available, you can make authentic-looking floors in your home. It is a popular choice because of its versatility, warmth, comfort, and durability. Homeowners can create their own floor designs using individual LVT tiles and planks, as opposed to having to follow pre-made patterns with sheet vinyl. You can choose from monochrome or contrasting tiles or even chevron and herringbone patterns using planks.
LVT is made up of a number of layers. The first layer allows the product to be laid flat and level while being flexible enough for cutting with a knife. HD photographs are the next layer, which gives LVT its realistic look. Next is the PVC wear layer, which protects the floor from everyday wear. Finally, the top layer offers additional protection, water resistance, and reduced maintenance.
These Warm Design and Warm Interior collections have been enhanced with Scotchgard Protector, which provides superior stain and soil resistance, and Silver, which offers natural antibacterial product protection. These collections feel warmer than regular ceramic. It is smooth and comfortable underfoot. Glassware that slips off your hands is less likely to be scratched.
From an installation perspective, there are generally two types of luxury vinyl flooring. The first is LVT, which is attached to the subfloor using glue or self adhesive. This means that the glue must cure for at least 24 to 48 hours. There are also floating vinyl tiles and planks that don’t need glue or adhesive, and can be used right away after being installed.
Vinyl tiles and planks that are self-adhesive have a pressure sensitive adhesive layer at the back. They do not require glue. The tiles and planks can be installed by simply removing the protective layer, placing the tile or plank, and pressing down. You can easily remove individual tiles by heating them with a blow dryer, cutting them into smaller pieces, and then removing them from the wall.
Vinyl flooring that is glue-down requires you to purchase the vinyl glue separately. First, the adhesive is applied to the subfloor. Then the vinyl tiles or planks can be fixed to the adhesive layer. This is a more complicated process, so it is recommended that you leave the installation to professionals.
Vinyl tiles and planks interlocking with vinyl are easy to install because they have tongue and groove edges that look very similar to click systems on laminate and parquet flooring. Simply click adjacent tiles in place. The lack of adhesive makes it easy to remove tiles. However, if you are replacing damaged tiles, the entire row must be dismantled to remove one tile.
The high friction coefficient of the special bottom layer means that tiles and loose lay vinyl planks can adhere to the ground. They are able to grip the subfloor with great strength, but they can also be removed and reused without leaving any residue. You can easily remove individual planks by cutting them into smaller pieces, and then carefully pulling them up.
LVT is more durable than real wood, stone, or ceramic tile and can withstand the daily wear and tear of everyday life. Many Luxury Vinyl products can also be waterproof, so they will not be affected by spilled drinks, leaking appliances or messy baths. This makes them even more adaptable to busy families. LVT is also easy to maintain. You can simply sweep it and then mop it up.
LVT’s many benefits and endless design possibilities make it easy to understand why LVT is so popular today in the flooring market.