Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Get the look. Meet the budget.
Everyone loves the look of hard-surface floors. Wood, for example, is beautiful and comfortable, conveying a natural, easy luxury. Tile and stone floors have the same appeal.
For decades, consumers seeking an alternative to natural wood, tile, and stone surfaces didn’t have a great many stylish choices. Vinyl and laminate products were, in the past, popular for their budget friendliness and ease of installation, but no one claimed they were as fashionable as real wood or tile.
Today, that has changed.
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has evolved into sophisticated products that high-end clients are choosing over wood and tile, because the new products look so similar to the natural surfaces they mimic. They perform extremely well and cost less.
We’ve seen LVT products in the 1970s and 1980s made to look like brick, with a herringbone pattern and grout lines. That product fell out of favor, along with similar faux looks.
But in recent years, rapidly advancing high-tech processes have transformed LVT into products that look like the real thing. Such products are available in several price points, with the most expensive lines offering the most realistic look.
One significant change is that LVT no longer has to have the look of perfection that has long been the giveaway that the products were resilient. Higher-end LVT can effectively mimic distressed and antique floors. With products designed to look like wood, longer planks placed irregularly give a look of authenticity.
These products are now found in upscale homes and commercial spaces, a far cry from LVT’s origin as a homey, economical option.