LVT Flooring stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring. A man-made hard flooring option which is designed to mimic the look of natural wood, stone or other patterns thanks to its realistic decorative printed film layer. LVT is made from up to 8 layers of artificial materials, starting from the base layer and finishing up at the transparent top coating layer.
Below the transparent top coating layer and above the decorative printed film layer, comes the wear layer. The wear layer is the layer that will gradually get worn away with time from the passage of feet and the movement of furniture.
Stability of the floor comes from its core. The core of the each board is made from WPC, PVC or SPC. WPC stands for Wood Composite Core and together with PVC which stands for Polyvinyl Chloride Core, the two result in softer underfoot feel. SPC which stands for Store Plastic Core is the toughest of the three and often referred to as Rigid Core. Due to its rigid core, SPC is especially popular in commercial settings, though less forgiving underfoot.
LVT flooring has grown in popularity over the last few years for a number of reasons. Depending on the supplier, it is often waterproof and suitable for installation across the entire home. It is also suitable for fitting over underfloor heating due to limited expansion and contraction. Finally, when comparing to wood or stone flooring, it comes with a more cheerful price tag.
If you’re looking for a floor that’s fast to install, easy on your budget, simple to maintain and looks great, LVT flooring should be on your shortlist.