Luxury Vinyl Flooring
WHAT IS LVT
Luxury Vinyl Tile is the fastest growing type of flooring worldwide, but it is often confused with laminate or other types of hard flooring. LVT is a luxury vinyl product that looks like stone or ceramic tile, complete with gorgeous natural colors and surface texture that feels like the real thing. Some styles are even made to be installed with grout.
4 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LUXURY VINYL TILES
Luxury Vinyl Tile was created more than forty years ago, and despite developments in construction and print technologies, common misconceptions which were applicable then still persist now:
1) RISK OF WALK-OFF: One of the most common concerns about printed tiles surrounds walk-off: the idea that over time you’ll wear away the design. However, Luxury Vinyl Tiles have a clear top layer over the printed layer which guards against scuffs and scratches and protects the printed design layer.
2) NO VISUAL TEXTURE: Forty years ago when they were first introduced, the printed design on Luxury Vinyl Tiles were visually very flat, with little texture or depth. However, with the improved quality of print technology, the appearance of this type of tile has greatly improved.
3) IT’S ANOTHER NAME FOR LAMINATE: One of the more unusual misconceptions is that LVT is another name for laminate flooring – perhaps caused by the visual similarities between laminate and wood-style LVT. But laminate flooring is constructed very differently, with a core made from wood powder whereas in LVT the core layer is made of vinyl.
This means that the two types of flooring react to moisture very differently: while vinyl isn’t affected, wood will warp and buckle if it is exposed to excessive moisture, for example through wet cleaning.
4) IT’S COSTLY TO MAINTAIN
This misconception is caused by confusion between LVT and VCT. Vinyl Composite Tile doesn’t have a clear protective overlay like Luxury Vinyl Tile, which means that it’s necessary to perform a vital maintenance process involving waxing and polishing the tiles to ‘seal’ the surface and protect against wear and damage from heavy use. The wax and polish is then regularly stripped away to remove the build-up of wax and polish before reapplying.
In contrast, the wear layer combined with the polyurethane coating on LVT provides excellent resistance to stains, scratches and scuffs while eliminating the need for waxes, polishes and harsh chemicals for cleaning and maintenance.ype your paragraph here.
HOWDYSHELL FLOORING INC
2919 Oak Lake Blvd
Milothian VA 23112
2919 Oak Lake Boulevard
Midlothian, VA 23112