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.
Here are some pros and cons to using the product from Mountainwood’s Design Team:
Huge and growing selection of wood look planks and tile patterns, due to popularity in both commercial and residential setting applications
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
Still need to use moving pads or felt pads for chair & table legs to further protect when moving heavy or sharp objects across floor
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: