In the 70’s and 80’s, and even the 90’s vinyl flooring meant cheap and nasty, thin and poor quality vinyl sheets or tiles that you could stick to your floors to give a quick and easy new flooring look.
It was of course very popular because of its hardwearing nature and more importantly it’s low price, but as time has changed and tastes have evolved the simple vinyl floor has evolved also to a new era of luxury vinyl tiles and luxury vinyl flooring.
Known broadly as LVT (for luxury vinyl tile or tiles or tiling), the main brands in the UK today are Amtico, Karndean, Polyflor and Cavalio.
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) flooring offers a tough, high quality floor. But what sets it apart from old fashioned sheet vinyl?
LVT is supplied as tiles or boards which gives you a lot more control over the final appearance, and a lot more freedom when installing it.
It’s also much thicker, much more hard wearing, and is available in a much more diverse range of colours, finishes, and effects.
The floor is laid down tile by tile allowing you to fit it perfectly to the dimensions of your room. You can change the direction in which you lay the tiles, and mix different designs for a completely unique floor.
You can also use design strips, which are very thin strips of vinyl that look like grouting, which can add definition to your flooring.
Also consider that if one specific tile gets damaged then you can easily and simply remove and replace it, whereas replacing a big area of solid wood, or carpet, or even a sheet of vinyl can become very tricky and expensive too.
LVTs are more rugged than cheap vinyl and can have a much thicker wear layer, so the entire floor is more resistant to dents, scratches, and damage.
LVTs also reproduce all kinds of wooden floors, ceramic and stone tiles so efficiently that no-one will be able to tell the difference, except when their feet feel warm and cosy when they touch it.
Luxury vinyl tiles are easy to install and easy to keep clean and in tip top condition, they are also water resistant which means that even a spilt glass of red wine won’t damage or tarnish your floor.
This also means they can be used in bathrooms and wet rooms, and the non-slip nature of the product is an added bonus in this respect.