Luxury Vinyl Tile Grows in Popularity
Depending on how old you are, you may think the phrase “luxury vinyl tile” is an oxymoron. Luxury and vinyl in the same sentence? Really?
Yes, really. Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT flooring is growing in popularity. Manufacturers like Mohawk and Shaw offer the look of hardwood floors, stone floors or ceramic tile in a vinyl application. If you’ve always wanted hardwood floors, but real hardwood is not in the budget, LVT or its cousin luxury vinyl plank (LVP flooring) is the perfect solution.
Luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank flooring are a far cry from the sheet vinyl of the 70s. And most importantly, new printing and photographic technologies mean that luxury vinyl flooring can be made to authentically mimic both the look and the texture of real wood or stone products. But best of all, these “nearly real” luxury vinyl tiles and vinyl planks are cheaper than the real thing!
This combination of price and realism is behind the rise in LVT’s popularity. LVT is so realistic these days that you can even get specially formulated grout to finish off stone-look tiles for extra realism. And then when you add to that luxury vinyl tile’s high performance, durability and easy maintenance of vinyl, what’s not to love?
LVT and LVP flooring also offers a lot of flexibility design-wise. Along with wood and stone looks, there are graphic patterns, block colors and unusual textures also available such as mosaic pebbles or indented steel panels. In addition, as vinyl plank flooring is often installed as a floating floor, it also offers less permanent flooring solutions than the authentic materials. This is a huge plus for people looking to upgrade in a few years, or looking to save money on renovations.
For all of these reasons, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are now being featured in all areas of the home. Vinyl was once considered only suitable for less visible areas of a house like the laundry room, or in areas where you would expect its durability and water resistance to be useful like kitchens and bathrooms, but now people are using it everywhere!
Carpet Concepts sells and installs luxury vinyl flooring from the top manufacturers. Stop by our flooring showroom to check out all of the possibilities! We invite you to come check out the LVT and LVP flooring selection at Carpet Concepts. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can order it for you. We can also send someone for an in-home consultation. Call us today at 410-256-0123 or stop by our flooring store.
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