Luxury vinyl is the go-to flooring choice of many people for
many different reasons. However, the main reason is simple: To have the look of
authentic hardwood, ceramic or stone without the maintenance hassles.
You might hear it called by a few different names including
luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP). The name actually gives
away the look, in that LVT actually comes in tile sizes, for the ceramic look,
and LVP comes in planks, for the hardwood look.
Hardwood and tile floors take a lot of maintenance to keep
their good looks. They are easy dulled, scuffed, dinged and scratched. While
luxury vinyl tile and planks can be as well, they are much hardier than others
are. This is primarily due to the wear layer on the very top, that has a good
amount of durability and life span.
Luxury vinyl is also very easy to clean. A regular sweeping
or vacuuming and a damp mop usually does the trick. Neither the shine nor the
color will be going anywhere for some time to come. Even tougher stains are
easier to get out, because you can use harsher chemicals on luxury vinyl than
you can on wood or stone.