Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) – Vinyl 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, LVT 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 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.
Luxury Vinyl Tile is 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.