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What Are LVT and LVP Flooring?

by Kitchen and Bath Center / December 10, 2018

Image US Floors COREtec Plus Premium, Opulence Oak. © US Floors

LVT and LVP aren’t the latest texting abbreviations. They're the newest flooring product that's making its mark: luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl planks. Luxury vinyl is a flooring material that can be manufactured to recreate some of our favorite flooring styles, at a fraction of the price!

Luxury vinyl is unique in that it can have the appearance of real wood or stone, which can be enhanced with one of the dozens of realistic finishes and textures. Whether you are wanting multiple widths or the latest washed technique, luxury vinyl is an exceptional option. Because it is available in planks and tiles, homeowners can create unique patterns such as a chevron or herringbone design. Some styles are even able to be installed with grout for an incredibly realistic finish.

What is Luxury Vinyl Made of?

LVT and LVP flooring are made of several layers of materials that are fused together through heat and pressure. They generally consist of four layers, the first two being a cushioned backing and a high-density core. Next is the all-important vinyl print layer that can now be manufactured (thanks to advanced printing technology) with realistic 3D visuals to look just like ceramic or stone. Finally, there is a transparent, protective coating laid on top; then the product can be run under rollers to engrave a texture onto the surface and scraped for an even more realistic finish.

The advantages of LVT/LVP

There are multiple reasons why homeowners are falling in love with luxury vinyl tile and planks. In addition to its beauty, LVT/LVP stands up to the demands of everyday life. Because it's waterproof, dent/stain resistant, and easy to clean, we call it "life proof"!

Installation is also not nearly as time-consuming nor as permanent as hardwood or stone. It can be quickly and easily installed, either through a loose-lay, click and lock system, or by gluing it down. Because it is pliable, in most situations LVT/LVP can be installed directly on top of existing flooring or a slab or plywood-subfloor. It's also much easier to cut to fit cleanly around corners.

With all its performance benefits and the lower price tag, it’s easy to see why luxury vinyl has quickly become a trend-setter in the flooring industry. Reach out to our team if you have questions about installing LVT or LVP in your home, and we'll be happy to help you explore the myriad of options.

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