Luxury Vinyl ( LVT )
They are built with a number of small layers. One on top of another. These layers give the tiles texture, durability and flexibility. Want stone, ceramic or wood floors but need something that can be installed faster, changed easier but with strong resilience? Luxury vinyl tiles might be just what you're looking for.
We are over the moon with the job you did yesterday, having seen it myself I must say the workmanship is the best I have ever seen, thank you I will be in touch when we require flooring in our hoped for move, I will have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
So what are luxury vinyl tiles or LVT?
Vinyl tiles have had a bad reputation for a while. They were popularised in the 60’s and used heavily in kitchens and bathrooms ( you may remember seeing them in your Gran’s or Nan’s house ). Research came to light in the 80’s that asbestos could be harmful to health. Asbestos was used in vinyl tiles and sales rightly plummeted.
Side note : if you have any really old looking tiles be cautious. Asbestos has to be professionally removed.
Fast forward to today and vinyl tiles are officially “luxury”, free of asbestos and created using modern multi-layer techniques and high-resolution printing. Here is a what a modern luxury vinyl tile looks like in close-up:
A Look For Every Room
Luxury vinyl tiles from such high quality manufacturers as Karnedean can be used all over the house. A uniform look across the property could work. Or maybe different styles in each room.
For a modern, new build home you could go for a dark grey concrete to contrast with flashes of strong deep colours. For a rustic property you can have the sympathetic look of weathered oak with none of the problems and cost that it brings with it.
In a fun playroom, games or cinema you could let your imagination go wild. Cartoon, retro or geometric patterns would look brilliant in a matching room.
No longer does the bathroom have to be boring. With a near infinite choice of colours and patterns you can deliver the wow-factor in any room in the house. And the best bit is that it's easy to swap to a new style if the mood takes you!
What Are The Benefits Of Luxury Vinyl Tiles?
Fights off water and moisture all day and night
The top layer of the structure's main job is to provide water resistance. Wood can easily be damaged if wetness sits for a while. Slate too can suffer. LVT will happily put up with spillages, just mop it away and you're good to go.
Resistant against all manner of stains
As the top layer of luxury vinyl tiling is water resistant it simply wont let most stains adhere to it. The stain won't be able to get a foothold. At the very worst give it a good scrub and things will be back to normal. Even tough stone floors can become stained, needing acid products to burn away the damage.
Linda W. – Really lovely flooring, used it in my kitchen and it looks lovely. Feels really padded on the foot and fitting was really easy. Totally transformed the look of the room and brought the colours out in the cupboards. Want to put more of it around the house next.
Suzanne F. – Great value for money, the texture on the wood effect vinyl looks brilliant and from distance you wouldn't even know because of how the light hits it. I think it will be easy to clean when it comes to it too.
Greg, Eye – Things have definitely changed with lino. I wasn't expecting such a high quality product and the way it dulls out the footsteps is perfect for the hallway. The colour i chose looks perfect too and i know it shouldn't fade over time.
Luxury Vinyl Tile Effect Options
Frequently Asked Questions
Is luxury vinyl tile easier to clean than the "real" alternatives?
I have underfloor heating or am thinking of getting it. Problem?
Do I need underlay for luxury vinyl tiles?
An underlay will give your new floor even more comfort for your feet as well as deadening footstep sounds. The extra layer of material actually gives the luxury vinyl tiles another dimension of comfort too and it will last longer because of it. The tiles have comfy bedding that means they move and twist less giving extra life to your floor. Also, if the floor isn't totally level an underlay will smooth out the bumps too.
Is there a way that luxury vinyl tiles can be improved to look even more realistic?
That's where grout strips come in. To go that extra mile in the pursuit of realism we can actually fit artificial grout strips in-between each tile. This provides extra depth to the look of the floor. If you walked over the floor in barefoot you would feel the difference, the gap, between each tile. This is a really great innovation and has to be seen to be believed.
Are luxury vinyl tiles really any cheaper than wood?
Please don't base any of your pricing calculations around this. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you want to get a far more accurate estimate of cost.