The perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, or other high moisture space in the home
Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to care for
Does not get cold in the winter and is softer beneath your feet than wood or ceramic tile floors
It is a highly durable material, if properly installed and maintained, can last upwards of ten to twenty years
Have a clear wear layer that acts as a surface barrier, protecting the floor from stains and spills
Vinyl planks are easy to install, though you do have to ensure that you have a completely dry, level subfloor
Vinyl plank flooring
There’s a new, somewhat surprising trend going on in homes across the nation; surprising because it involves the words “vinyl” and “luxury”! That’s right – vinyl is now luxurious! In fact with luxury vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring (LVT & LVP for short) what we’re dealing with is a whole new kind of vinyl, one that is indeed much more sophisticated and much more desirable than the plasticky sheet vinyl of the 70s. So what is LVT flooring and what makes it so different?
For a start, this is not vinyl in sheets, LVT flooring refers to vinyl tiles and LVP flooring is vinyl in planks. Secondly, and this is the most important bit, new printing and photographic technologies means that luxury vinyl flooring can be made to authentically mimic both the look and the texture of real wood or stone products (the best stone-look tiles will actually have limestone composite added to the vinyl mix for greater authenticity). But best of all, these “nearly real” luxury vinyl tiles and vinyl planks are often cheaper than the real thing!
It is this combination of price and fantastically improved realism that is proving the defining reason for the rise and rise of LVT’s popularity. The look and feel of nature’s best materials at a lower cost are a reality of luxury vinyl tile flooring manufacturing. LVT is so realistic these days that you can even get specially formulated grout to finish off stone-look tiles for extra realism. And then when you add to that the inherent high performance, durability and easy maintenance of vinyl – you’re clearly onto a winner.
LVT also offers a lot of flexibility design-wise. Along with wood and stone looks, there are graphic patterns, block colors and unusual textures also available such as mosaic pebbles or indented steel panels – see below for our round-up of the biggest LVT design trends. What’s more, as vinyl wood flooring is often installed as a floating floor, it also offers less permanent flooring solutions than the authentic materials. This is a huge plus for both interior design magpies and people who aren’t yet living in their “forever home”.
For all of the above reasons, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are now being featured in all areas of the home. Whereas vinyl was once considered only suitable for less visible areas of a house like the laundry room, or in areas where you would expect its durability and water resistance to be useful like kitchens and bathrooms, designers are now using it everywhere!
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