There’s a few key elements to consider when choosing flooring. First, is it a high traffic area? Next, will the floor be exposed to moisture? Will the floor continually be exposed to sunlight? For many, the way a floor looks and feels is a primary factor. Lastly, the flooring must fit within your budget. With choices ranging from concrete, hardwood, tile, carpet, and vinyl – how do you know what’s best for your renovation? In this article we’ll explore LVT flooring, along with its pros and cons.
LVT, or LVP, is short for Luxury Vinyl Tile or Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. It’s one of the most common flooring choices found in the world, primarily used in commercial applications. You’ll find LVT in airports, schools, hospitals, office buildings, hotels – the list goes on. Generally, this is because LVT is wear resistant, easy to clean, easy to install, comes in almost every color and style, and is usually inexpensive compared to hardwood and stone.
LVT consists of several layers of material laminated together. Through the use of heat and pressure, a sound absorbing backing layer is bonded to a fill layer. The fill layer is impact resistant, but adds a slight cushion over stone or hardwood – this makes LVT more comfortable to walk on over long distances or continually throughout the day. Next, a photographic print layer is added to create realistic visuals resembling ceramic or stone. Finally, a clear wear layer is added for longevity and durability.
So far, LVT seems like a miracle material for flooring. After reviewing all of the benefits, what would possibly lead anyone to traditional materials? Well, LVT has a specific purpose. In most commercial applications, we fully recommend it. The square footage of flooring these areas require is massive, and function usually outweighs form. With that said, LVT may not be the best choice for your home.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring serves a very specific purpose and client. When used for the proper situation, LVT can be the perfect selection. For homeowners, the best use of LVT are in laundry rooms, storage rooms, craft areas, and home gyms – basically rooms that benefit from a bit of water resistance and easy cleanup. In our opinion, there has yet to be a product invented that surpasses or replaces natural hardwood or stone in living areas. However, outside of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and main living areas – LVT can be an affordable and prudent flooring choice for most homeowners.
Still a little unsure of which flooring material is best for your renovation? Give us a call. One of our Project Managers would be happy to guide you and recommend products that you may have never before considered.