Luxury vinyl tile is a relatively recent innovation in the home and commercial flooring industry. Developed in the 1990s, this groundbreaking product has only been available to the public for the past decade or so, but it has quickly become the most rapidly expanding segment in the flooring market, according to CleanLink.
The majority of LVT products are composed of four distinct layers that combine to deliver durability, water resistance, ergonomic comfort and beauty:
- Vinyl backing
- Vinyl color base
- Photo film layer
- Urethane and/or other protective top coat
Generally, LVT goods come in either 16" squares or in planks that are three to four feet in length. Your installer glues the material directly to the floor, whether you have bare cement, a wood subfloor or even an existing vinyl floor. You can also find interlocking LVT glueless systems that are perfect for many applications.
Although this high-tech product typically costs more than traditional linoleum/vinyl sheet goods, you stand to save over hardwood or natural stone flooring. Your labor cost is likely to be lower too, due to ease of installation.
Ideal Applications for LVT
LVT is ideal for any room in your home where you want long-lasting beauty in a low-maintenance format. It works great in high-traffic areas such as mud rooms, entryways and kitchens, but you will also find yourself choosing it for its lustrous beauty in your living room and dining area. So really, you can put LVT anywhere in your home for a cost-effective, aesthetically impactful upgrade.
Benefits of LVT
- Realistic look of wood, ceramic, stone or metal
- Resilience and durability of vinyl
- Ease of installation and maintenance
- Water/spill resistance
- Large selection of colors and styles
- Ergonomic comfort and resilience
- Insulating properties
- Noise absorption
LVT is not biodegradable, but most is recyclable. Also, the same high-tech research that created this contemporary miracle product has optimized its longevity as well, with some products carrying a 25-year warranty.
Your Source for LVT in the Carolinas
Young Interiors Flooring Center is your source for luxury vinyl flooring in the Carolinas region. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions about this popular new material and help you choose the right LVT for your home. Stop by our showroom in Longs, S.C., or browse our extensive online LVT selection today.