The Benefits of LVT Flooring: How it Stacks Up
If you’re looking for a durable, versatile and good-looking hard-surface floor for your home or business, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a good choice. What is LVT? This term refers to both luxury vinyl plank (LVP) — usually long planks or boards that look like wood floors — and luxury vinyl tiles, which usually look like stone, especially marble or granite. LVT is a more affordable solution than costly stone or hardwood.
- Realistic — LVT offers a realistic, natural look of wood or stone at a fraction of the cost of those materials. Tiles can be grouted at the joints, much like natural stone. LVT is also a good choice compared with natural stone or hardwood because there are so many different colors and style options available.
- Easy to Install — Unlike other types of flooring, LVT can be a do-it-yourself project. Additionally, LVT doesn’t require a finish and is therefore ready to use immediately after installation.
- Easy Maintenance — Because LVT flooring doesn’t require a finish, there’s less downtime for strip and refinish cycles, which also means maintenance is cheaper. However, surface scratches do tend to show, especially in dark-colored floors in high traffic areas, but you can fix scratches on LVT with Schutz ScratchFix. Even though a finish is not required for LVT, it’s safe to use one on this material for added wear and tear. Floor polish needs to be cleaned, maintained and applied periodically to be effective. We recommend the use of Hilway Direct Neutral Cleaner and Hilway Direct Floor Finish on LVT for general maintenance.
- Long-Lasting and Waterproof — LVT stands up well to wear and tear, so it’s great for families and demanding, commercial environments. As long as you use the appropriate vinyl floor care products, protective doormats and felt furniture floor protectors, your LVT floors will last for years. LVT is also waterproof, so it’s great for kitchens, bathrooms and mud rooms.
- More Affordable — Vinyl floors, including planks and tiles, are almost always more affordable than other types of luxury flooring, especially hardwood and natural stone floors. It’s also versatile enough for commercial and residential applications.