What is LVT Flooring? (Luxury Vinyl Tiles)
To look at, luxury vinyl tiles can have the appearance of real wood or stone however it has the advantages of versatility, allowing almost infinite design and customisation possibilities. Available in both tiles and planks, luxury vinyl tile is still a reasonably new product and something lots of designers and architects are now opting for to provide a sleek and practical finish.
How are LVT Tiles made?
In essence Luxury Vinyl Tiles are made from incorporating various glues and compounds to numerous layers of PVC Vinyl and carefully compressing and rolling them to achieve large sheets of upto 2mm in thickness. The very top layer of vinyl can be embossed allowing an element of realism if the product is to emulate slate or wooden grooves. The final step in the process is the integration of the final layer, a clear vinyl and urethane coating. This gives it an even stronger level of protection and comfort.
Why are LVT Floors So thin?
Luxury Vinyl Tiles range in thickness from around 2mm to 6mm thickness. Whilst this doesn’t sound like much when compared to other flooring products such as laminated wood the magic is in the way it’s built. Multiple layers of compressed vinyl is far stronger than 8mm of laminated wood so there is no need to make it any thicker. This also facilitates an easier installation when navigating under skirting boards and show trays.
What is LVT used for?
Obviously PVC is water repellent which lends this product perfectly for areas prone to water such as bathrooms and kitchens. However it’s very versatile and as it’s capable of replicating wood and slate it’s very common to see it in other domestic and commercial areas such as living rooms and high traffic areas.
Why is it becoming so popular now?
Putting aside the reasons above, it’s one of the few products on the market where you are only limited by your imagination. There isn’t another flooring solution of the market that has such a vast array of patterns. As it’s thin and when applied to a screeded floor, which it should always be, it lies very flat and firm under foot, giving it a real sense of a premium product.
Glue Down Vinyl Flooring
The glue down installation method involves the use of an adhesive to adhere your dryback luxury vinyl flooring to its base. The glue down method involves two distinct types of adhesives: hard set and pressure sensitive. Hard Set: Adhesive is spread along the floor, then flooring is laid on top. Pressure Sensitive: The flooring product itself has adhesive on it, and is bonded to the floor with pressure. Both have there advantages and its always best to consult a professional before purchase.
Click Vinyl Flooring
Click vinyl flooring, comprised of rigid core click and click options, is a versatile plank and tile flooring option. To install click flooring, simply snap planks or tiles into place using the click-locking system integrated into the flooring product.