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What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

You’ve heard the name thrown around, but what exactly is Luxury Vinyl Tile? It’s a manufactured material that looks like real wood and stone. Recently, our clients have been choosing it more and more on projects because it is great for wear and tear. No wonder it’s highly used in commercial spaces such as restaurants. Anyone with a dog love it because it will resist scratching.

Luxury vinyl tiles resemble ceramic or stone and some can be installed with or without grout. LVT planks resemble real wood and are typically 4-6 inches wide.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles are made up of several layers: a backing, base, printed image, wear layer, and protective coating. The thickness of the wear layers varies as do protective coatings which guard against fading.

LVT Diagram

 

Here are some pros and cons to using the product from Mountainwood’s Design Team:

 

PROS:

Huge and growing selection of wood look planks and tile patterns, due to popularity in both commercial and residential setting applications

Good pricing

Waterproof and tends to hold up better to spills and pet accidents

An uncanny resemblance to wood and tile

Can be installed over slightly uneven subfloors

Easy installation especially with click planks; there are a few glue down options

Stair nosing parts and transition strips available with certain brands

More dimensionally stable then hardwood, won’t expand and contract as much, (gaps and buckling can appear with hardwoods depending on moisture humidity fluctuation)

Warmer to the touch compared to tile

More forgiving on your legs than tile

Great for households with pets since product will resist scratching

CONS:

Still need to use moving pads or felt pads for chair & table legs to further protect when moving heavy or sharp objects across floor

MAINTENANCE:

Sweep or vacuum, occasional damp mop only when needed with mild dish soap & water or approved cleaner

 

Here are projects where we’ve recently used the product:

Gaston Kitchen
Gaston, Oregon New Home
Canby, Oregon Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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