Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring Installation
Luxury Vinyl Tile, the Interior Designer’s Best-Kept Secret
Luxury vinyl flooring has come a long way. Once found mostly in diners and bus stations, modern vinyl installed by Great American Flooring now even comes in sophisticated and elegant finishes that emulate natural stones like granite and marble. Vinyl flooring can even take on an authentic wood look with actual planks. Best of all, vinyl flooring is warm on your feet in winter, easy to maintain, and won’t crack.
Luxury Vinyl Tile offers the look of ceramic, at about half the price!
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planking offers the look of Ceramic
Imagine you are a top-notch interior designer. Your office is a showcase of materials and design, created to show clients your impeccable taste, your knowledge of exotic products and your incredible creativity. Now, what would you choose for the flooring in your office suite? Reclaimed wide-plank hardwood? Polished Italian marble? Nope. The office floors of many top designers are covered with luxury vinyl planking and tiles (LVT).
Luxury vinyl is very different from the other vinyl floor coverings available, not only in its incredible range of realistic but faux visuals and applications, but even in the way it is manufactured. Luxury vinyl tile flooring is constructed of four layers which are fused together to form the final product: a resilient vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic film layer and a top coat of either a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer. It is this protective top layer that assures the durability of the product and the best examples will be at least 40 mils thick. The ability to mimic real hardwood and stones is at the heart of luxury vinyl tile flooring’s incredible adaptability. New photographic processes and state-of-the-art manufacturing allows for the creation of incredibly real “wood” planks and “slate” tiles.
More recent innovations in LVT include incredibly realistic and trendy bamboo and cork and sisal tiles which perfectly emulate these “green” flooring products. Although it was the demands of the commercial sector that drove manufacturers to create luxury vinyl, it is the ever-increasing residential use that has driven luxury vinyl tile and planking to new heights of popularity. Creative, forward-thinking homeowners have begun to use multiple, contrasting or complementary surfaces to make one-of-a-kind floors in special rooms, or in every room in the house. Bamboo surrounded by a cork border, or a light slate encompassed by dark walnut: both striking combinations. A contrasting surface can also be used to make a “medallion” in the middle of a floor to, say, spotlight a gorgeous dining table. The possibilities are limited only by the homeowner’s imagination.
The Best Features of Luxury Vinyl Tile
- The photographic reproduction of natural wood’s graining and color variations make the “wood” floor look so real you’d have to get down and touch it to tell the difference
- The stone collection features non-repeated surface anomalies and color variations that give it depth and realism
- Lively tones, colored stone and graphic patterns combine to create one-of-a-kind designs
- Enhanced visuals create textures naturally found in stone and wood
Another plus for luxury vinyl floor are the many types of existing flooring over which LVT may be successfully placed.
- Any dry, structurally sound monolithic subfloors on all grade levels, such as concrete and terrazzo
- Existing resilient flooring
- Suspended wood subfloor costruction with approved wood underlayments
- Some metals
LVT Is Easy To Maintain
Although they are few, there are a few applications where resilient vinyl should not be used. Areas where moisture is a problem, any place a non-slip surface is required or anyplace outdoors are all locations where another flooring choice should be chosen.
While luxury vinyl tile is tough, your new LVT floor will need a little special care. For the most part, fine grit and sand are the culprits. Even with LVTs tough outer layer, they can cause surface scratching which will, over time, Walk off mats and frequent sweeping are the answer to keeping you luxury vinyl tile floor looking good Oh, and make sure the mats you buy are specifically for vinyl floors. Rubber backed mats may leave stains or marks.
You have an incredible number of flooring options from which to choose. Whenever you are considering the possibilities for any room in your home, don’t forget to include beautiful, versatile Luxury Vinyl Tile in your considerations.