Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) & Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is also referred to as “LVT” flooring, reduces noise and provides comfort underfoot. Unlike hard surfaces such as wood, laminate, terrazzo or porcelain tile, luxury vinyl plank flooring has “give” and thus are referred to as “resilient” flooring. It’s great if you want a little cushion underfoot and like the idea of a slightly quieter surface.
Luxury Vinyl Tile is also sometimes referred to as Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP), Vinyl Wood Planks, SPC Flooring (which stands for Stone Plastic Composite Flooring), Floating Floor, Luxury vinyl Plank Flooring, Luxury Vinyl Tile and Click Flooring. A floating floor is a floor that does not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor which makes installing a LVP floor a breeze!
The huge advantage of choosing a LVT product for your home is that it can be installed quickly and easily over many different surfaces such as old ceramic tile. That’s right! With the proper prep, LVT flooring can be installed directly over the top of that ugly kitchen tile saving you the expense and headache of a costly and super messy tile tear out. LVP is also quite durable, is a waterproof flooring, and is easy to clean. That, along with the fact that these Luxury Vinyl Planks can be easily installed by a novice home owner in a short amount of time makes this product a great option for a budget conscious home owner for a weekend DIY project.
If you’re shopping for the best luxury vinyl plank flooring for sale, scroll through the products on this page to see the great selection at Tile For Less! Now available in a variety of colors including white, black, grey, brown, and blue – and in numerous textures. The most popular styles are those that emulate wood flooring or natural stone flooring. But remember, unlike real wood flooring or natural stone flooring, the SPC or LVP needs no special care and is simple to maintain. This is not your Grandmother’s old style sheet vinyl flooring, no sir!
If you have a question about a specific type or color of vinyl floor tile, or need professional design or installation help from our experts, call or visit Tile For Less Utah at either our Salt Lake City store or our Layton store.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring FAQs
Q: Where can you install Luxury Vinyl Tile?
A: Luxury Vinyl Tile is a great choice for bathroom floors, kitchen floors, bedrooms, living rooms, or almost any room where you would normally find wood or traditional tile floors. Unlike natural wood flooring, the click Vinyl floor is waterproof making it a better choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Remember, you can install the LVP over existing tile for an easy modern update.
Q: How do you clean Luxury Vinyl Tile?
A: For everyday cleaning of luxury vinyl tile, one of the best things to use is a simple broom or vacuum to remove dust, sand, and debris. It’s important to keep your LVT free of anything abrasive and refrain from using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on your LVT. Also, note that while LVT is pretty tough, you should avoid steam cleaning vinyl plank flooring. Instead, use a damp cloth, or a simple mop (ideally with a microfiber mop head to protect your floors from any unnecessary abrasions) or Swiffer (no scrub brush) with warm water with a little neutral pH dish soap. Also, LVT shouldn’t be waxed as it will damage the surface.
Note: While this advice applies in most cases, be sure to check the care instructions for your specific brand of Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVT) for cleaning and care information.
Q: What types of furniture are safe to have on LVT?
A: Be sure to keep your furniture on felt pads to avoid scratches if the furniture gets shifted. Also, avoid buying furniture on rollers as the LVT click joint is not designed for “roll over” strength. If you have to move large items across LVT, be sure to use a cushioned pad under a sheet of plywood so that the pressure is evenly distributed across the LVT.
Q: What is the best luxury plank vinyl flooring?
A floating floor plank with a 20 mil wear layer and attached pad on the back is the best.
A 20 mil wear layer will give you a nice, thick wear layer that typically comes with a lifetime residential warranty.
Another consideration if you are installing it yourself is the actual click system.
Tile For Less has the best luxury plank vinyl flooring for a DIY’er to install if you choose one with the super easy I4F drop-lock systems.
The I4F system installs 30% faster than a standard click due to the way the ends easily drop and lock together!
The LVP product should be at least 4.5mm thick, be UV stable and should be approved for below grade installation.
A floating floor instead of a glue down plank is commonly used in residential settings.
Glue down planks are often seen in apartments, big box stores, grocery stores, etc.
The glue used to adhere these to the substrate is water soluble and can peel up over time.
A floating floor is a click together installation that is softer underfoot and has a less commercial look and feel to it.
You’ll want to have an attached pad on the back to provide sound absorption as well as to keep the bottom line on your total installation cost down.
There are vinyl planks available that do not have an attached pad which means you’ll have to buy it separately, and it can bump the total cost of your job materials up by a significant amount.
Tile For Less only sells pad attached LVP and all pads are antimacrobial.
Q: How to install rigid core luxury vinyl flooring?
Each manufacturer will have a guideline for installing floors so you meet their warranty requirements, however, there are some standard guidelines to follow.
When installing the vinyl planks a gap of ¼” needs to be left around all perimeters to allow for any possible expansion.
This is referred to as an expansion gap.
This expansion gap is then finished off by installing a piece of quarter round against the wall, not only to hide the gap but to provide a professional looking finish.
Additionally, if the flooring is installed in a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room where cabinetry is going in, cabinets should be installed prior to the installation of the flooring.
Any drilling through the planks to adhere the cabinetry to the subfloor will most likely result in a void on the warranty.
Instead, install the cabinetry first and then put in the vinyl flooring, leaving a quarter inch expansion gap that’s covered by a quarter round trim.
Keep extra pieces of vinyl in your garage so you can add to your floor if you ever decide to move or replace your cabinetry.
Always see the manufacturer’s specific instructions for more details to make sure your installation meets their warranty standards.
It is also critical that your floor or “substrate” be LEVEL BEFORE INSTALLATION!
To get the best durability out of your luxury vinyl flooring, it must be installed over a LEVEL SURFACE that is not moving or flexing.
If the vinyl is installed over an uneven surface, the vinyl planks will flex in the low spots and put pressure on the click joints.
This will cause a failure of the joint over time and the planks will begin to separate.
Tile For Less recommends Laticrete NXT Self Leveler product to prep an uneven floor.
Q: What is the best brand of luxury vinyl flooring?
Sometimes “best” is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the hands of the marketing team.
Competition for vinyl flooring is fierce and each company creates a unique niche by doing something a little different with their flooring and then marketing why that makes their floor the one you should buy.
Some of these traits include: stone mixed into the core, waterproofing, attached pad, wear layer and even additives such as diamonds mixed into the wear layer.
The way to pick the best vinyl floor for you is to decide what your needs are.
Do you need a lifetime warranty, or will a 15 year warranty work?
How scratch proof do you need your flooring to be?
Is there someone who is sensitive to chemicals or VOCs within your house?
Make a list of the things you need and a floor can be found that fits those needs.
There isn’t any one size fits all in terms of which brand is best.
Tile For Less will help you sort through the different options to find the best brand of luxury vinyl flooring for your personal needs and budget.
Q: Are transitions necessary for luxury vinyl plank flooring?
Yes, they are. T-molding and reducers are the two most common transition pieces although end caps are sometimes necessary as well.
Which material your vinyl is transitioning to will determine what transition piece you need.
Quite often there are transition pieces available that match your vinyl so it has a seamless, professional flow.
If matching trims are not available then metal trims can be used instead.
Talk to our flooring experts see what options are available for the specific vinyl you love. We have several options.