Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of flooring. But many homeowners are wondering what it is, and how it stacks up against other types of flooring options. Vinyl flooring has always been a viable option, but LVT takes vinyl flooring to the next level with 3D printing technology, allowing for more texture and depth while remaining a durable flooring option.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing LVT?


Vinyl tiles have come a long way. Before, vinyl tiling would often look like the cheaper alternative to the real thing. Now that 3D printing technology is available, LVT looks as good as any of the more costly options. LVT flooring offers considerable benefits when compared to other flooring choices, including:
  • More variety in textures
  • Easier and faster installation
  • Less of a long-term commitment
  • Durability
  • Low maintenance

With most tiling options, you have to be 100 percent certain about your flooring decision, as installation is such an ordeal. With LVT, installation is much simpler. If you don’t like your floor after a few years, you can change it without breaking the bank.

Installation


Installing an LVT floor is one of the best parts about choosing this product. If you’re handy, you’ll be able to complete the project in less than a day. If you hire a professional, they’ll be able to finish the job in a few hours.

Luxury vinyl tiles can be glued directly onto existing plywood or a concrete surface. Of course, the LVT floor will follow the same shape of the floor underneath, so some sanding and patching may be required to make the floor look the best it can. Installing over concrete is a bit trickier because you have to make sure the concrete is dry and uncracked, but it’s still far easier than other flooring options. Also, if you’re flooring a basement, LVT flooring will hold up to the elements better than most other flooring options.

Finishing LVT Floors


Polyurethane finish is one of the recommended finishes for LVT floors. If you want a glossy finish, use a commercial grade gloss finish instead. Regular finishing of an LVT floor is required, so make sure to stay on top of the recommended stripping and recoating from the manufacturer.

Maintaining Vinyl Floors


Maintenance of LVT flooring isn’t as much of a concern as it is with other types of flooring, but it is still a priority. Nobody wants their floor to fall apart after a few years of wear and tear. Once the installation of your LVT floor is complete, make sure to keep it clean to extend the longevity of the product. LVT floors are durable, but they aren’t going to keep their color without regular maintenance. Use a vacuum without bristle beater bars to clean up any dust and crumbs that find their way onto the floor. Clean up any spills immediately to reduce the risk of stains on the tiles.

As far as furniture goes, it’s a good idea to keep protective pads on the bottom so they don’t scratch the tiles when they move. Make sure to keep the furniture elevated while moving it, especially when the vinyl is fresh.

Putting mats on the ground can be hit-or-miss. They keep dirt off, but some mats tend to stain vinyl floors. Try to stay away from rubber mats when possible. If you’re using a computer chair in a room with an LVT floor, put a chair mat on the ground to protect the floor from the constant motion of the chair. Also, make sure all of the wheels are working, so they don’t drag on the floor and create scratches.

LVT flooring is an attractive option for homeowners today, especially with the variety of choices available. You can customize the look of your floor more economically and retain the durability of the real material LVT floors are mimicking. Stop by Loudoun Valley Floors today for help with all of your LVT flooring needs. We will be a great resource for a floor you’ll love for years to come.