Luxury vinyl tile –known as “LVT” and often referred to as resilient flooring—is a great choice where there is a need is for a stylish but durable and/or water-resistant flooring solution.
It’s important to note right away that LVT is not your grandfather’s (or even your father’s) vinyl tile. In the past decade, vinyl technology has dramatically improved. As a contractor, architect or designer, you can rest assured that using LVT on a project will not jeopardize your aesthetic sensibilities.
Today’s LVT is similar in construction to traditional vinyl, but it is thicker and available in styles that can closely mimic hardwood, stone and ceramic tile. As a result, you can have hardwood-seeming LVT, without the worry of water damage. Or LVT that mimics ceramic or stone tile, but no worries about cracking or maintaining grout lines. LVT tiles can also be separated and filled with grouting to give a more natural appearance.
- LVT is even more popular in commercial locations—you will find it everywhere, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants and retail spaces.
- In the home, LVT is a top option for kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, playrooms and basement areas. But the ability to mimic other types of traditional floor is also making LVT a popular in other areas of the house, living rooms and bedrooms included!
Get Advice on LVT From ACS
ACS has extensive experienced with luxury vinyl applications, including products installed as planks and tiles (in either glue-down or floating configurations) as well as vinyl sheets, which can be installed in larger pieces using fewer seams—ideal for schools, healthcare settings and assisted living facilities. LVT has other unique advantages like being water-resistant to water-proof, flexible installation processes (like click-in-place, floating or full adhesive installations) and a wide variety of AC and wear ratings and thicknesses. That, and compelling commercial warranties have helped to make this flooring option ubiquitous in commercial spaces.
While you are in the selection and planning phase, we recommend a call to ACS. We can help guide you on any special considerations you need to keep in mind.
When you have narrowed down your choices, we can come to your location to measure and make an accurate estimate of the materials you will need—helping you stay within budget and not order too much or too little. This is especially important in situations when the flooring materials is being installed for the first time (i.e., a major addition or new construction.) In most cases, the amount of product needed will be greater than the actual square footage to take account of awkward angles or other situations that require specially cut pieces. We will also look for things like uneven sub-floors, odd-shaped rooms, awkward corners, etc.
A site visit will also give us the opportunity to identify any special issues involving heavy furniture, adapting to existing baseboards, etc.
Preparing for Your Installation
To get ready for your new floor, you will need to take some steps before the installers arrive. Download our Preparing for Your New Floor Checklist.