Contributed by Bryan Sebring
When considering what flooring to install, there are many factors to take into consideration. You need to think about its ability to handle traffic, how it complements your interior décor, ease of maintenance and cost.
When it comes to luxury vinyl tile, there are plenty of great reasons to consider it. There are also a few downsides you should be aware. This article discusses the pros and cons of Luxury Vinyl Tile, commonly abbreviated as LVT.
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Wide variety of design options
LVT is available in dozens of different designs and colors. It can even be grouted to give it a realistic resemblance of ceramic or stone. If you prefer the look of wood, slate or natural stone, they are also available. With plenty of options to choose from, you will almost always find a design that is perfect for your home or business.
One of the most sought after characters in flooring is durability. This is especially important for areas receiving a lot of footfall, whether at home or in the business premises. LVT is designed in such a way that it can withstand high traffic while still retaining its shine. This is thanks to the extra protective layer at the top. This layer is made from a film of UV-resistant urethane. It is stain, scuff and scratch resistant. This makes it better at handling spills and is ideal for homes with pets.
Installation of Luxury vinyl tile takes a fraction of the time needed to install ceramic tile flooring. A number of installation methods can be used. One option is to glue down the tiles or planks onto the subfloor. Alternatively, they can be floated, in which case no adhesives are used. Some manufacturers provide easy-installation tiles that can be clicked and locked together for easy and mess-free installation.
LVT cleans very easily and can be maintained through regular mopping, vacuuming and sweeping. The fact that it is stain resistant means that it retains its vibrancy for a long time. Again, this is a major advantage for busy areas such as business premises.
Better sound absorption
One common complaint with ceramic tiles is the noise it creates when you walk on it with shoes on. LVT has significantly better sound absorption, reducing the click-clack noise of shoes when people are walking on it.
It can be quite pricey
Simply because you hear the word ‘vinyl’ does not mean that LVT is any cheap. In fact, it can be just as expensive as hardwood and ceramic floors. This is because, unlike traditional vinyl, intensive technology has been used to improve its durability and look. So get your wallet ready. 🙂
Lack of ideal transition pieces
This is one area that LVT manufacturers are yet to address. When you are transitioning from one type or level of floor to another, you need a transition material to cover the space in between. Metal will not look good especially next to your newly laid LVT flooring. The next best alternative is to use wood that has been stained to match your LVT design.
LVT is relatively new in the flooring market but has taken off rapidly. This is thanks to its many great features and few downsides. If you are building a new home or planning a renovation, consider installing luxury vinyl tile flooring.
Bryan Sebring of Sebring Services is a Naperville, Illinois based home remodeling contractor. They bring unmatched expertise and vast experience into every project, creating beautiful spaces and joyful moments for families. Their services include kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling and basement finishing.