Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a durable vinyl flooring that has the appearance of wood or tile flooring thanks to a photo-realistic print layer and a high-performance wear layer. LVT combines optimal flooring performance with the aesthetics of much more expensive flooring materials to provide consumers and businesses a luxury flooring option at a fraction of the price you’d pay for the real thing.
Not only does LVT realistically mimic the appearance of hardwood and tile flooring materials, it’s also easier to maintain and will never require refinishing or resealing. LVT is often the ideal solution for discerning home and business owners who want an attractive, durable flooring solution that won’t break the bank. It’s also a great option if you’re looking for a less permanent flooring solution for the next 10 to 15 years.
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is similar to luxury vinyl tile except it’s in plank form to more realistically mimic the shape of wood. LVP can often be installed with peel-and-stick backings, glue-down or click-together methods.
In addition to looking great, being easy to install and their affordability, LVP and LVT are also comfortable flooring options known for being warm underfoot and possessing nice textures.
Are Luxury Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank Waterproof?
Yes, LVT and LVP are some of the most waterproof flooring options available. Some of the compressed layers that comprise a tile or plank include specialized wear layers and waterproof materials that make these flooring planks or tiles highly resistant to water, especially when properly installed.
Luxury vinyl flooring is great in any room, but they are especially useful in bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms where moisture is frequently a problem.
Are Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks Safe?
When you’re shopping for LVT or LVP products, make sure to research the manufacturer and their reputation for safety when it comes to indoor air quality. Some brands of vinyl flooring contain materials that vent volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Before you make an investment in vinyl flooring of any kind, check to see if the product is FloorScore® certified. Metroflor’s LVT and LPV products are FloorScore® certified, meaning they exceed the indoor air quality standards set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the building parameters developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
How Durable Are LVT and LVP Flooring? Will the Pattern Fade Over Time?
LVT and LVP products are highly durable and resistant to wear in high-traffic areas of homes and businesses. You don’t need to worry about the print pattern on each tile or plank fading or wearing away thanks to the ultra-durable wear layer coating on each tile and plank.
Are Luxury Vinyl Tile or Planks an Eco-Friendly Flooring?
The answer truly depends on the company. Not every vinyl flooring manufacturer is as green and forward thinking as they should be. Metroflor, on the other hand, takes sustainability seriously. The company uses recycled material as much as possible, so long as the recycled material will not negatively impact the safety or quality of their LVT or LVP products.
Does LVT or LVP Affect Home Valuation?
Luxury vinyl flooring performs just as well as hardwood and actually has a lot of benefits that make it superior – less upkeep, no refinishing needed and waterproof – but it will unfortunately not have the same impact on property valuation as hardwood.
That being said, any type of new flooring, especially if it’s a luxury style, will have a positive impact on a home or commercial property’s valuation. If you were to rank flooring options in terms of their impact on property valuations, luxury vinyl would beat out carpet, laminate and regular vinyl flooring.
Is Luxury Vinyl Hard to Maintain?
No, luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl planks are just about the easiest flooring option to maintain. They can be easily swept and much more easily mopped than hardwood since they are waterproof. LVT and LVP will never require dusty refinishing or messy, labor-intensive resealing like some types of tile flooring.
LVT and LVP let you have the same look as tile or hardwood without the annoying maintenance drawbacks.
Find Out If LVP and LVT Are Good Options for Your Flooring Needs
Are you curious about luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile? Both LVT and LVP can be great flooring choices for many businesses that are looking for a durable, attractive flooring that will stand up to high traffic. It’s water resistant, easy to clean and maintain and is comfortable to walk on.
You can learn more about luxury vinyl flooring by contacting Metroflor today!