It’s easy to see why luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is quickly gaining popularity. It really does offer the best of all worlds: it’s stylish, durable, low maintenance, and – best of all – affordable! Here, we’ll explore a few reasons to consider LVT.
LVT is Affordable
Luxury vinyl is among the most affordable flooring options. It consistently costs less per square foot and can often be installed easily by inexperienced homeowners. But it’s about more than the initial cost; LVT is designed to last the long run and is among the easiest floor types to maintain along the way. So, LVT includes both short and long term savings.
We’re often told “you get what you pay for” by people who want to sell us more expensive products. But with LVT, this simply isn’t the case. Despite its low cost, luxury vinyl is one of the most durable flooring options available. This makes it an especially useful choice for high-traffic areas. How durable it is varies, but there are a few features to look for:
- Locking Systems: During installation, many LVT floor use a locking systems such as Fold-n-Tap™ (available on Bastion Plus) that prevents moisture from seeping through to the subfloor. Spills remain blocked for up to 3 days.
- Wear Layer: LVT uses a multi-layer build. On the surface, the wear layer protects the remainder of the floor from drops, scrapes and spills.
- Polyurethane Treatments: Special treatment solutions, including ArmourBead® (available on Imperia), are designed to further enhance the wear layer’s durability. In fact, one simple application can improve each tile’s surface durability five fold.
LVT is Quieter
If you’ve ever needed a quick midnight run to the restroom, you already know how noisy hardwood floors can be; each step is accompanied by an odd mix of creaks and thuds. LVT is naturally quieter; it doesn’t creek (although the subfloor might) and its multi-core design help reduce the thud of each step.
Maintenance is Easy
As long as it’s cleaned regularly, LVT never requires professional treatment. In fact, simply sweep it with a soft broom a few times per week, then clean with a mop and mild detergent at least once per week. That’s it! Just ensure that your cleaner is specifically designed for luxury vinyl flooring.
Typically, if one area of your flooring is damaged, a complete replacement is needed. But with LVT, you can simply unsnap the pieces that are damaged and snap back in the replacement. No need to spend thousands on new flooring or installation. And no need to hire a professional, since luxury vinyl tiles are just as easy to replace as they are to install.
What does luxury vinyl flooring actually look like? The answer is, essentially, whatever you want! Most commonly, it is designed to mimic the aesthetics of hardwood and stone flooring with near perfection. Even textures are mimicked well. However, LVT often incorporates additional colors and design patterns not available with its natural counterparts.
To learn more about the benefits of luxury vinyl tile, or to see the many stylish selections available, visit CarpetsPlus COLORTILE of Hutchinson today! You’ll find Hutchinson’s premier flooring experts ready to help you make an informed choice.