Trend Alert: Luxury Vinyl Tile
We are seeing a massive surge in popularity for Luxury Vinyl Tile! The flooring is one of the most important finishes that can be a real feature in any home. There are many areas you can use Luxury Vinyl Tile (also known as LVT) in your home as it’s extremely versatile. Let’s take a closer look!
Why we love it!
We love Luxury Vinyl Tiles because they create a premium looking wooden floor for a fraction of the price! If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to have a wood look floor in your home, luxury vinyl tiles should be at the top of your list. PLUS – they are extremely easy to maintain!
How to use it.
Luckily, luxury vinyl tiles are easy to incorporate into any space. And for keen DIY’ers can be easy to install, especially if your chosen product is the click-and-clack type where the tiles click together.
In terms of the colors and styles available, there is every variation of wood floor you can think of made in a luxury vinyl tile version! This makes LVT perfect for almost any interior scheme, it’s just a matter of finding the right product range and color that suits your space and budget.
As this flooring is easy to install, many homeowners choose to install it on the diagonal in some rooms to create a feature. Alternatively, install LVT horizontally/vertically to make spaces feel bigger.
LVT is a great flooring option for kitchens, laundry rooms, and other living areas alike because of its water-resistance properties. Luxury vinyl floors can withstand moisture, heavy traffic, and spills thanks to their multiple layers.
What to watch for.
There are some considerations to take into account when thinking of incorporating luxury vinyl tiles in your home.
As there are a lot of suppliers and product ranges so it can be difficult to find a reputable company. It’s important to ensure you obtain samples and good documentation of product quality and guarantees.
Another thing to keep in mind is that LVT is a lot softer than wood or ceramic surfaces so can be susceptible to punctures or grooves from furniture. If this sort of damage occurs there is no way to repair it other than replacing the floor which is expensive if the same floor runs through multiple rooms.
Many LVT don’t have a UV-resistant layer. This means that prolonged sun exposure can cause fading and discoloration.
Ways to make this trend last in your home
Investing in an upgrade to your flooring to Luxury Vinyl Tile can feel daunting especially if the space is large, but rest assured – there are ways you can make this trend last for many years.
First, you should carefully consider which room (or rooms) you would like to update to a luxury vinyl tile. You should then consider the other finishes within these rooms, such as kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity and any other built-in furniture as these will influence the choice of LVT. It’s really important to visit flooring showrooms and obtain samples of the coloring/wood effect you like. From these samples, you can lay them down on your existing floor to see how they work with the other finishes in your home.
Dark LVT flooring works extremely well for spaces with a lot of natural lighting. For example rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows or doors. Lighter LVT floors work well for naturally darker environments to help brighten the space.
*** We recommend anyone looking to update their flooring to consider samples carefully at home before committing.
Luckily luxury vinyl tile is extremely easy to maintain once installed. In general, dry sweeping or vacuuming is the best way to remove any dirt or debris from the floor. Following this, you can mop the floor with mild detergent. Always follow the supplier’s guidelines on caring for your new LVT flooring.
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