Luxury vinyl tile has become extremely popular over the past years and for several very good reasons! It’s resilient, waterproof and it mirrors natural flooring options remarkably well. You might hear it called LVT or LVP. These products have made a huge impact on the market and are quickly taking over all floor coverings, especially laminates. LVT has become readily available now in a wide array of colors and styles. This type of floor covering has become a go to for Champion Remodel due to its ease of installation and durability. Working in a very humid climate, such as Southern Florida, it tends to fit all of the attributes that our clients are looking for while still having the appearance of a high end engineered wood or natural stone flooring.
LVT is made of a vinyl composite that has been “glued” together layer by layer with heat and extreme pressure. Some of the manufacturer’s, like Core TEC, have a cork filling or backing which is an added sound barrier bonus. This works out wonderfully in condo buildings with flooring underlayment requirements. The print film layer is where the plank gets its wood, or stone look is adhered to the base.. It is printed with hi-resolution printers and the wear layer, the layer you walk on, is on top. The different millimeter wear layer is what makes this flooring so resilient. The thicker the wear layer, the more resilient the flooring is against wear patterns in high traffic areas, scratching, and denting. The wear layer is also where they are able to give a hand scraping finish, or texture.
Why we love LVT?
- It is 100% waterproof! Due to the composition of LVT it is an extremely appealing decision for kitchens and bathrooms, mudrooms and laundry rooms, as well as Florida beach homes!
- NO acclimatization required, ready to be installed as soon as its delivered
- It is a softer surface than natural stone products making this a more comfortable flooring choice and softer on joints while walking barefoot at home.
- LVT offers versatile installation options which makes it appealing to homeowners, as well as installers. Hard surface floors such as Engineered wood can require major prep work to be done to the subfloor. In most scenarios LVT can be installed over the existing floors with minimal prep. It also can be installed over a less than perfect subfloor. This can be a big help for budget and time. Some planks have the “click” install, while others are glue down.
- Easy maintenance- standard sweeping, and mopping is all that’s needed to keep your flooring appearing brand new.
- Best option for commercial spaces, or high traffic areas.
All photos are recent Champion Remodel installations
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