It’s becoming an increasingly popular alternative to hardwood, engineered wood and laminate flooring due to its many practical benefits. But what is LVT flooring and is it the right choice for your home? To help you decide, here at Discount Flooring Depot, we’ve created a guide to all you need to know.
So, what is LVT flooring? LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) is an innovative type of flooring that provides an incredibly authentic appearance of real hardwood, tile or stone flooring, without all the cost, maintenance and upkeep that comes with the real thing. As well as its ability to replicate natural flooring, LVT flooring is built with multiple layers that make it incredibly robust, durable and suitable for any room of your home. At Discount Flooring Depot, our LVT flooring also features an easy click-installation system that makes it ideal for simple and quick DIY installation.
Due to its innovative composition of layers, LVT flooring is completely waterproof, making it ideal for areas of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms that are exposed to humidity, damp or water spillages, as well as commercial buildings that need frequent deep cleaning. This also means cleaning and removing stains is far easier, removing the need to worry about discolourations and moisture absorption.
Alongside this excellent resistance to water damage and stains, LVT flooring is also extremely durable and can withstand a lot of general wear and tear. From high levels of footfall to furniture marks and indents, LVT is incredibly resilient and will maintain its lustrous, mark-free appearance for years to come.
Laminate flooring and LVT flooring have many similarities, as both provide a cost-effective and practical alternative natural wood, tile and stone while offering an excellent likeness to their natural counterparts. However, there are pros and cons to consider for both:
Made largely from wood
More similar feel to hardwood underfoot
Easy to clean and maintain
Not always waterproof and more susceptible to damage
Made from vinyl
Feels less like natural flooring underfoot
Easy to clean and maintain
Always waterproof and extremely durable
Ultimately, when it comes to whether you should opt for laminate or LVT, the largest factor comes down to which areas of your home you plan to install in, as the biggest advantage of LVT over laminate is its superior resistance to water damage. While water and humidity can cause the fibreboard core of laminate to swell and warp, LVT flooring is completely waterproof and therefore the better choice for areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and damp basements.
When choosing flooring for your home or commercial space, LVT has many advantages to consider. We’ve listed a few of its main benefits below.
As mentioned, one big reason to choose LVT flooring is its superior resistance to water damage, humidity, furniture indents and daily wear and tear than other types of flooring.
LVT is extremely low maintenance. While providing you with the aesthetic natural floor materials, you avoid the expense and hassle of regrouting tiles or refinishing solid wood or engineered flooring.
Less cold underfoot
Unlike bare tiles or stone, LVT flooring won’t get as cold in your home and is, therefore, more comfortable to walk on barefooted.
As you won’t need to worry about wear and tear, water damage, mud and spills, LVT is the perfect option for a family home with children and pets.
With its simple click-installation system, our LVT flooring makes DIY installation quick and easy.
Think LVT flooring could be the best choice for your home? Explore our full collection here at Discount Flooring Depot for a wide range of styles, effects and finishes to choose from.