More and more homeowners in the greater Lexington area are discovering the beautiful looks and performance of luxury vinyl tile. This highly durable material provides a cost effective flooring solution that closely imitates the look and feel of natural stone and ceramic tile that can be installed almost anywhere in your home. At Floor Coverings International Lexington, we love the versatility of luxury vinyl tile and think you should know more about it.
Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, is made up of different layers of vinyl, including a graphic and texture layer that give the tile its visual appeal. This is topped with a polyurethane layer, known as the “wear layer”, that will give you a resilient flooring material that holds up exceedingly well under foot traffic. Using the latest technology available, manufacturers have been able to closely reproduce the look and feel of ceramic tile and natural stone tile, including marble and granite. However, because the tiles are made of vinyl, which slightly compresses under pressure, this flooring provides a softer surface than stone or ceramic.
One of the things we like most about LVT is that you can install it anywhere. LVT’s surface is nonporous, and when installed with a nonporous grout, it creates a floor impervious to mold and mildew, which makes it great in areas where humidity and moisture cause problems for other materials. In bathrooms, basements, and kitchens, you won’t have to worry about moisture damaging your beautiful floors. It can also be installed directly over existing floors, either as a “floated floor” or installed with a layer of adhesive, saving you time and money on installation. In areas like kitchens, where natural stone and ceramic can be harsh over long periods of standing, LVT provides added softness that your feet and joints will thank you for.
Maintaining LVT is a simple task thanks to the tough polyurethane finish that eliminates the needs for special polishes or harsh cleaning chemicals. Regular sweeping or dust mopping will help remove larger pieces of debris from the floor and help reduce the risk of scratches. We recommend against using vacuum cleaners with beater bars or attachments that could damage the floor’s surface. Lastly, don’t be afraid to use a damp mop for a deeper cleaning.
When you are ready to learn more about luxury vinyl tile, give your local experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington a call to schedule your free design consultation. We proudly serve the Lexington, Georgetown, Versailles, and surrounding areas with great selection, expert advice, and professional installation. Start your next flooring project today!
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