If you are considering new flooring for your kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, or breezeway and luxury vinyl tile isn’t high on your list of possible materials, then you might not be aware of all it has to offer. We are big fans of luxury vinyl tile here at Floor Coverings International Metro East. We want you to be fans of it too. So, here are 12 great aspects of this highly desirable flooring.
It’s a Chameleon
One of the really cool things about luxury vinyl tile is that it can be made to look nearly indistinguishable from materials like hardwood, natural stone, and ceramic tile.
It Has Range
In addition to its ability to look like other popular flooring types, luxury vinyl tile also comes in a wide range of patterns, textures, and colors. The design possibilities are almost endless.
It’s Low Maintenance
There’s almost no upkeep with luxury vinyl tile. A little sweeping or perhaps a damp mopping from time to time is all it will need to continue looking great for years to come.
It’s Soft & Comfy
Luxury vinyl tile actually has some give to it, and you’ll feel this when you walk on it. That give may save you a piece of glassware if you should drop one, and it will also save your back if you have to stand for a long time, which tends to happen in places like the kitchen.
We all know it can get cold in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area, and flooring like hardwood, natural stone, and ceramic tile can be very unpleasant to walk on when the temperature drops. Luxury vinyl tile will actually stay warmer than all of these.
It’s Essentially Waterproof
With the exception of the seams, luxury vinyl tile is waterproof. This makes it a great option for areas of your home such as the kitchen, bathroom, or mudrooms, where moisture tends to build up.
It’s a Stain Fighter
Luxury vinyl will also hold up well to any spills that might stain other materials. This feature is related to its moisture resistance. If it can’t soak in, it can’t stain it.
The top layer on luxury vinyl tile is a clear wear layer that takes the brunt of any abuse. This helps with stain fighting and also with general wear and tear. Your floor will continue to look its best for a long, long time.
It’s called luxury vinyl tile, but the tile shape isn’t the only way to utilize this great flooring. It’s also available as planks, which adds another level of design possibilities and works particularly well when you’re going for the hardwood look.
It Makes the Grade
Not all flooring materials are suitable for below grade installation. In English, this means that they shouldn’t be installed in rooms that are below ground. You don’t have that problem with luxury vinyl tile. It can go in any room of your home.
It Gives You Options
Most luxury vinyl tile is arranged so that the tiles are touching, and it is glued down. But this isn’t the only way you can install it. Another great option is to space the tiles out like you would with ceramic tile, and then grout in between them. This is a great way to mimic the look of stone or ceramic tile. You can even install luxury vinyl tile as a floating floor, where the tiles snap together but are not adhered to the surface underneath.
At Floor Coverings International Metro East we love the way natural materials like hardwood and stone look, but we know that they can be a bit expensive for some budgets. With luxury vinyl tile you can get the look you want without breaking the bank. It’s the perfect marriage of style and affordability.