What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?
For the past few decades, sheet vinyl was the most popular choice right behind tile for locations where moisture- and stain-resistance was an issue, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. This type of vinyl flooring is made from a very thin layer of vinyl that has a printed design layer that is covered with some type of protective coating; it is prone to scratching and tearing, and it can feel quite hard underfoot, especially if it is installed over concrete substrate. Sheet vinyl must be installed over a perfectly smooth subfloor, otherwise the smallest imperfections will transfer through in the form of humps and dips.
In response, to improve some of the downfalls of sheet vinyl, manufacturers developed a new type of vinyl flooring, known as Luxury Vinyl Flooring, or LVF. Luxury vinyl flooring is sold in rigid planks called Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) or rigid tiles called Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). These types of flooring are installed using the similar interlocking edges that are found in laminate flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are mostly designed to simulate the look of wood, as is most laminate flooring, while Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are usually designed to simulate stone or ceramic tiles. The newest forms of luxury vinyl are so good at mimicking the look of wood, that more and more customers are choosing Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) over laminate flooring.
What is Luxury Vinyl made of?
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring is made up of 6-8 structural layers such as a foam, cork or PVC backing, WPC or SPC core, PVC layer, a layer of glass fiber, print layer, design layer, wear layer and UV protective and in some cases, an added antimicrobial layer. The superiority of these layers and their excellence of engineering will determine the quality of the luxury vinyl plank flooring, therefore not all Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are created equal.