Unlike laminate & wood, LVT does not absorb water. We tested it! To find out for ourselves, we soaked several planks in a bucket of water for over a week. Afterward, the LVT clicked right back together with its other planks. In fact, there was no evidence it had ever gotten wet!
Since it is waterproof, LVT is a great solution for moisture prone areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms & basements. Or better yet, carry it throughtout the rest of your home or business. With todays realistic colors, textures and bevels that are available, LVT tiles & planks remarkably resemble natural materials.
You will be surprised to see how close LVT resembles the material it imitates. Even the most trained eye can have trouble telling the difference without a closer look.
Stop by our showroom to view the wide variety of styles available inluding natural wood, distressed wood, ceramics & porcelains, stone, slate & more. But until then, take a look at these photos to see if you can tell the difference between the real thing & LVT.
What are some benefits of using the glue down installation method?
-With the proper adhesive, gluing LVT to the subfloor has proven to be reliable for delivering a sturdy, long lasting floor.
-Areas that get a great deal of traffic, like commercial spaces, benefit from the strong bond glue down installation provides.
-When covering a large space, gluing down the LVT can eliminate the need for transition peices.
-Overall, LVT made for glue down installation tend to have a bigger selection with a wider variety of looks, styles & sizes.
What does floating installation mean &what areas is it best for?
Floating, also known as clicking or locking, is an adhesive-free method of installation. The planks/tiles attach to each other rather than the subfloor or existing flooring material. This method is a popular choice for many scenarios & reasons.
-Ideal method for laying over a floor with imperfections, like adhesive left behind from previous flooring.
-Sometimes floated LVT can be installed on top of the current flooring, depending on its type & condition.
-It is an excellent choice for laying over asbestos tile, which can be dangerous to remove. Floating the LVT over asbestos encapsulates the tile keeping it safe from being distrubed.
-Another advantage of the floating method is its ability to expand and contract in response to changes in a room's humidity.
-When floating LVT, it can be laid directly over the subfloor or with a thin pad underneath. The pad serves as a barrier, adding insulation for sound proofing and warmth.
-Most LVT can be installed over radiant heat. Before doing this, make sure to check the manufacturers information to confirm it is suitable to be used for this purpose.
Forget having to sand, stain & wax.
No need for deep scrubbing & cleaning grout.
No reason to panic if the mop bucket spills.
To keep your LVT looking it's best, sweep your floor regularly to remove loose dirt or grit. For spot cleaning, you can spray water or a non-harsh cleaner on the area & wipe it clean with a rag. For all over cleaning, spray mops or traditional mops will get the job done. Avoid using any cleaners that leave behind a residue or make the floor slick.
When selecting an LVT you will need to decide which installation method best suits your area to achieve a successful, long lasting floor. After accessing the current condition of your floors, we can tell you which method would need the least preperation work & suggest which method would perform the best for your situation. But for now, let's go over how each method works, its benefits & some factors that can influence the decision making proccess.