Vinyl tile has been around since the early 1920s, as people recognized the durability and affordable costs of this product. It could often be found in your grandmother’s kitchen and bathroom due to its water resistance and scratch resistance. Over the intervening years, the appeal of vinyl tile decreased in homes as people looked toward other flooring types such as hardwood and tile due to their design versatility. Yet vinyl tile was still found in many commercial buildings due to how it handled wear and tear during daily operations and large amounts of foot traffic.
Vinyl Tile Reinvented for the New Era
In 2006, vinyl tile obtained a makeover to appeal to people who still loved the look of hardwood and stone tile yet wanted the durability, water-resistance, warmth, and strength of vinyl tile. Luxury vinyl tile became introduced as a new flooring option. People placed it in every room as it can be found in small homes and large luxury dwellings. Commercial offices have also seen the many benefits offered by luxury vinyl tile.
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?
Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are designer flooring products that can mimic the look of stone tiles, ceramic tiles, and wood planks. It still consists of four distinct layers such as traditional vinyl flooring. It has a durable vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic design layer to make the tile look like natural stone or wood, and an aluminum oxide or urethane top layer. Manufacturing processes will vary, yet it is the thickness of the layers that offers scratch-resistance and resilience.
Versatility of Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury vinyl tile can come in square sizes to mimic stone tile or as planks to mimic hardwood. When laying down this flooring as stone tile, it can be grouted in place to give a realistic tiled appearance. People may also decide to forgo the grout to give a more seamless look. Luxury vinyl tile that looks like hardwood flooring is often referred to as luxury vinyl plank as it can appear as maple, oak, teak, walnut, pine, and other wood varieties. There are also manufacturers who supply luxury vinyl flooring in unusual shapes, such as 12″ by 24″ rectangles.
The Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile
Vinyl tile has withstood the test of time as a material with inherent properties that are ideal for both residential and commercial buildings. So it stands to reason that luxury vinyl tile would have the same benefits yet also include several other additional advantages that you should be aware of when you are debating about purchasing such flooring. Due to several manufacturers using 100% vinyl to create this flooring, it is considered to be a green product and meets the standards for LEED certification when commercial building owners place luxury vinyl tiles in office buildings.
This tile flooring also has an extremely realistic look when appearing like stone or wood. It can be embossed, distressed, or have woven textiles embedded into the surface to give a designer look that makes it seem high-end and pricey. So you can have beautiful flooring in every room of the home even in areas with high foot traffic or moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
As flooring options continue to grow and become enhanced from changing manufacturing technology, you will find a wide range of options whether you are looking for natural stone or ceramic tile, wood flooring, or luxury vinyl tiles. Commercial building owners and homeowners will love the growing flooring trends that fit perfectly into their preferences and their budgets. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International West County a call today to learn more about LVT and schedule your free in-home consultation!
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