LVT Flooring: Pros and Cons of Luxury Vinyl Tile
- Andrew Uhacz
Luxurious Flooring for Your Home or Business
COREtec, Shaw and Armstrong LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, the tiled version of luxury vinyl sheet flooring - a more resilient vinyl material that surpasses vinyl composite tile (VCT) in performance and appearance. LVT is also manufactured as planks or rectangular tiles, and you will find that Vinyl Plank Flooring or LVP is used interchangeably with LVT - as both are manufactured from the same durable luxury vinyl material that simulates the look of real hardwood, ceramic tile, or stone. If you're shopping for a different kind of vinyl floor, then Armstrong's new luxury vinyl floors may be just what you're looking for!
Another great option is COREtec Pro Plus SPC Flooring similar to LVT.
Inspired by Natural Elements
With inspiration taken directly from nature, the Luxe Plank luxury vinyl (aka "Best New Home Product" in 2010 from This Old House magazine) looks like hardwood or stone, but behaves like an engineered material. Choose from styles that emulates the ruggedness of country-cabin rustic timber, the classic wood-grained warmth of finished lumber, or the modern elegance of polished stone - all without the high maintenance concerns or high cost of installation. If you enjoy realistic vinyl plank flooring, but appreciate the strength and durability of engineered architectural products, then luxury vinyl tile is the best choice in flooring materials. For example, check out Flexco Elements vinyl flooring. Featuring stone or wood vinyl planks, elements flooring comes with a 28 mil wear layer and even resist bacteria growth.
Durable & Affordable
LVT is the highest quality of vinyl flooring and is preferred by customers over VCT (vinyl composite tile) and natural materials because of it's texture and durability. For areas such as basements, bathrooms and kitchens where moisture may be an issue, LVT has good mechanical properties and maintains its shape and size - unlike wood which is hygroscopic and absorbs and reacts when exposed to moisture. LVT is more resilient than any other flooring surfaces and will save you money in maintenance and replacement costs.
Trending LVT Tile
Alterna is our line of luxury vinyl tile that looks like ceramic tile or stone, without the weight or complex installation procedures that will almost certainly require a professional installation team. If not installed correctly, ceramic tile can easily loosen, crack, and must be installed with joints that allow for expansion and contraction. Our premium line of Armstrong Alterna vinyl tile is available in a range of nuanced patterns and styles taken directly from nature, and homeowners appreciate the warmth underfoot of LVT when compared to ceramic tile.
Commercial toughness for your home
Homeowners will often opt for commercial grade LVT over residential varieties, especially for installation in high traffic areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room, rec rooms, and hallways. Commercial vinyl flooring lasts for years without showing signs of wear or tear, as it has a more durable wear layer, is thicker, and is a composite that is engineered for high-performance under heavy foot traffic. This makes luxury vinyl tile perfect not only for your main residence or business, but also for other resilient flooring needs such as a rental property, beach houses, or a vacation home. LVT is available in many modern and stylish design options that are perfect for contemporary or traditional home decor.
Easy to install, replace or repair
Most property owners will appreciate that LVT is a less permanent decorating option, especially when compared to the expensive demolition and installation process of wood, stone, or ceramic tile flooring! LVT flooring products by Armstrong offer an affordable option to wood plank, grouted tile, and natural stone - one that doesn't require vigilant watch or time consuming maintenance. And it doesn't matter if your subfloor is plywood, concrete, or a previous vinyl material, LVT can be applied directly on top. If there is a concern about moisture accumulation such as with concrete, then an underlayment or vapor barrier is laid prior to the flooring installation.
LVT Pros and Cons
- Durability, much stronger than traditional real wood floors
- Inexpensive compared to hardwood flooring
- Do it yourself installation, interlocking, floating or gluedown.
- Synthetic texture, not quite the same look and feel as laminate flooring and much less likely to feel as though your walking on realistic wood flooring. If that matters to you. High end hardwood is always a more popular option but the cost can be 2-3 times more expensive.
- LVT can not be sanded or refurbished like natural wood flooring.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile and plank flooring styles change about every 5 years. Unlike hardwood floors that can be refurbished; LVT once it's gone you'll never be able to find a replacement or an exact match. This might not be a deal breaker for most but it is something to consider when remodeling or new installation.
Learn more about LVT
Visit us at FloorExpert.com to discover more LVT facts and creative options, or view the Armstrong.com website for detailed specifications on their luxury vinyl tile flooring materials. We stock both commercial and residential inventories