Compared to the other areas of any property, the flooring is subjected to more wear and tear since a large number of people walk on it. Since installation and repair of any kind of flooring is a very time consuming and expensive process, most homeowners are interested in finding high quality durable flooring, which will not require much maintenance. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring is one of the newer types of flooring which has been developed. In addition to easy installation of LVT flooring, there are many advantages of using the flooring which are discussed below.
LVT flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring at present. The flooring looks very similar to wooden or stone flooring, from a distance, only on close scrutiny, the difference is visible. Compared to other types of flooring LVT flooring is also softer. It has also other properties, that it will absorb sound. The flooring is waterproof and it is not damaged due to higher moisture levels. It can be easily cleaned if liquids are spilled or the surface is becoming dirty. It also does not get scratches or get stained.
The main chemical used for making LVT flooring is the plastic poly vinyl chloride (PVC) though other chemicals like calcium carbonate are also added. The flooring is manufactured using the extrusion molding process. The flooring consists of multiple layers like the bottom backing layer, fill layer and print layer. The top most layer is the wear layer, which often has a clear coating of aluminum oxide for protection. The flooring is then embossed to give its own unique look and a textured pattern is applied to the flooring. After this the top coat is applied to the flooring .
One of the main reasons why LVT flooring is very popular is because it is very easy to install compared to other flooring. The flooring is available in the form of planks, which can be glued to the surface, or just properly aligned. The first step in LVT flooring installation is selecting the right pattern based on the decor of the place where it will be installed. Then the area where the flooring will be installed should be measured accurately, so that the correct quantity of flooring is ordered. It is always advisable to order a little more, so that some material is available for repairs.
The surface where the flooring is being installed should be first cleaned properly. In case the surface is not smooth, there are holes or gaps they should be filled. Then based on the type of flooring which is selected, either glue should be applied, or it can be just laid over the existing flooring. The ease of installation has made LVT flooring a popular option in commercial properties where there are a larger number of visitors. In addition to hotels, airports, shops, restaurants and hospitals, the flooring can also be used in the kitchen, bathroom and other areas of the home where moisture levels are high.