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Your Guide To Luxury Vinyl Flooring

If you’re looking for a truly tough and hardwearing flooring, luxury vinyl flooring is the one for you! LVT is known as the toughest floor in the business, but just because it’s tough doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish!

What is LVT?

First things first, LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring, but we’ll refer to it as LVT, luxury vinyl flooring, or luxury vinyl in this guide. LVT can often be confused for a more hard wearing laminate flooring, and they do perform in very similar ways, but luxury vinyl is a whole other kind of flooring made from entirely different materials.

What is LVT made from? 

LVT is constructed from PVC as its primary component instead of the layers of laminate flooring, making it extremely stable yet flexible enough to be durable. The PVC core of luxury vinyl flooring also means that it’s entirely waterproof and won’t warp or buckle like wood-centred laminate flooring.

LVT is often known as a ‘hot pressed tile’ which in some part explains how luxury vinyl is constructed. LVT is stabilising high performance backing layer of vinyl, on top of which is a PVC core, then a HD photographic layer that replicates natural wood flooring is placed on top of that layer, and finally the LVT is finished with a scratch resistant layer (often referred to as the wear layer) made from polyurethane and reinforced with either ceramic bead, silica bead or aluminium oxide to make sure it stays in good condition. All of these layers are fused together under heat and pressure to form your LVT tiles.

What are the benefits of LVT?

Aside from being tough, luxury vinyl flooring offers benefits such as being 100% waterproof and is suitable for using with underfloor heating. LVT is also incredibly easy to install as it’s available in tiles instead of sheets, making it easier to achieve more adventurous design projects.

Scratch resistant layer

How does LVT look? 

Because of this plastic feel, many wrongly assume that LVT is visually very flat with little to no texture or depth to the design. Print technology for flooring nowadays is such that LVT is able to produce an authentic looking wood-effect vinyl tile that won’t wear over time thanks to its protective layer.

How does LVT feel?

If you’re considering choosing LVT over laminate, you’ll need to consider what you prefer in terms of feel. LVT is made from vinyl and therefore has a plastic feel to it rather than feeling like wood.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Leader Floors, we often get questions about luxury vinyl flooring, and we are here to answer any query that you may have. Below, you will find some of the most common questions that we are asked. 

Which is better LVT or LVP flooring?

This is a debate that only you can answer. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring) and LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring).

Pros of LVP flooring 

  • Imitates the look of real hardwood flooring at a fraction of the price.

  • LVP is waterproof and scratch-resistant.

  • Durable flooring option for family homes. 

  • Easy to clean. 

  • Easy to install.

Cons of LVP flooring

  • Discolouration or fading if placed in direct sunlight over time.

  • Can be difficult to remove if glued down. 

  • Difficult to recycle.

Pros of LVT flooring 

  • Imitates the look of tiling at a cheaper price.

  • Easy to clean and maintain.

  • Durable and can be used in family homes. 

  • Not as cold as real tiles.

  • Easy to install.

Cons of LVT flooring 

  • Can be punctured by sharp objects such as knives. 

  • Not UV resistant and can fade over time with direct sunlight exposure. 

  • Doesn’t add value to your property like real wood flooring.

Does LVP flooring scratch easily?

If you are searching for a flooring option that is child and pet friendly, LVP flooring is the choice for you. You may be worried about pet claws scratching your new flooring but luxury vinyl plank flooring is often scratch resistant and can handle the wear and tear of domestic life. 

Does luxury vinyl plank need underlayment?

With some luxury vinyl plank flooring, you will find that the product has underlay built into the design. This means that you don’t have to worry about adding underlayment before fitting. This is not the case for every type of vinyl plank flooring, and here at Leader Floors, we have underlay that is suitable for vinyl flooring

Can you put a refrigerator on vinyl plank flooring?

Vinyl plank flooring is a durable flooring option, and refrigerators and other heavy furniture can be placed on top of vinyl plank flooring without causing any damage. 

What is the best thing to clean vinyl planks?

There are many ways to clean vinyl flooring, and the beauty of the flooring type is that they don’t need much care and attention. 

Regular vacuuming or mapping will ensure that the surface is clean; however, you can clean vinyl flooring with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and hot water and use a mop to clean the floor. If your flooring is dirty, you can add a few drops of washing up liquid to the mix.