Make sure you learn the basics of design, durability and installation before you pick the best luxury vinyl-LVT flooring for your home and needs. For more specific questions and to take a look at some samples, you can stop by our showroom and speak to our Orange County Flooring Specialist.
As you begin exploring whether luxury vinyl tile is right for your home, you’ll quickly find there are tons of options to choose from. But where to begin? These Q&A will give you an idea of what to expect, and make it much easier to find the best luxury vinyl tile flooring for your needs.
What is luxury vinyl tile (or LVT) flooring?
Luxury vinyl tile, which is also referred to as “LVT” flooring, is great if you have an active home with kids or pets, or just high-traffic areas you want to keep looking beautiful.
You’ve probably heard of vinyl tile, the popular peel-and-stick flooring. Luxury vinyl tile is similar in its construction – a wear layer, an image layer, a resilient core and backing – but it’s generally thicker, and offers greater levels of durability and design realism than vinyl tile. A lot of styles are 100% waterproof, so when they are exposed to water they won’t swell, buckle or lose integrity. This is one the best qualities of the flooring.
Is LVT durable?
Yes, very much so. Luxury vinyl tile is built to endure the busiest homes. Making it ideal if your home has children of pets. Many of the LVT flooring products have lifetime warranties and others offer products with 15 or 30 year warranties. Make sure you ask one of our Orange County Flooring Specialist which is the best option for you.
Where should I install luxury vinyl tile?
The wonderful combination of design options, easy installation and good value make luxury vinyl tile a flooring favorite for gathering spaces and utility areas, kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms and playrooms. But its incredibly realistic and on-trend styles also mean this flooring type is becoming more and more popular in all rooms of the house. Living rooms and bedrooms included!
Is LVT an Alternative to Hardwood?
Of course! Homeowners love that you can get extremely authentic looking wood styles, and have them be durable enough for rooms where moisture can be a concern. Where hardwood is not recommended for installation in bathrooms and laundry rooms, LVT flooring is waterproof making it a great flooring option for those areas.
Is LVT an Alternative to Ceramic?
Yes! People love the fact that luxury vinyl feels warmer and softer underfoot than hard-surface flooring like ceramic tile. It’s a super friendly surface for normal household use like:
- Lots of foot traffic
- Crawling kids and pets
- Dropped dishes and spills
- And tons of other accidents
to name a few. Plus, the stone tile styles that are available (including marble, slate and travertine) look and feel incredibly real, but won’t give you the same problems as natural stone: potential for cracking over uneven subfloors and having to maintain grout lines..
What Styles Can I Get with LVT Flooring?
The beauty of luxury vinyl tile is how versatile it is. It’s truly possible to achieve a look that mimics hardwood or natural stone, but with the performance you’re seeking from a vinyl floor. Great care is taken during the design process to create visuals and textures that mimic the real thing.
Here are some of the looks you’ll be able to choose from as you start your search.
- Realistic looking wood species – Everything from traditional Oak, Walnut and Birch to true-to-life exotic woods with dramatic grain patterns
- Texture and finishing effects – Weathered white-washing, liming and rough-hewn reclaimed looks
- Classic stone styles – Marble, slate and travertine tiles and concrete-inspire planks
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