As you begin exploring whether luxury vinyl plank and tile is right for your home, you'll quickly find that there are lots of options to choose from. But where to begin? These Q&A will give you an idea of what to expect, and make it much easier to find the best luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring for your needs.
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What is luxury vinyl plank and tile (or LVT) flooring?
Luxury vinyl plank and tile, which are also referred to as "LVT", is great if you have an active home with kids or pets, or just high-traffic areas you want to keep looking beautiful.
Luxury vinyl plank and tile consist of 4 main layers — a wear layer, an image layer, a resilient core and backing. Many styles, including those offered at Armstrong Flooring, are also waterproof, so when they are exposed to water they won't swell, buckle or lose integrity. .
Is luxury vinyl tile durable?
Yes, very. Luxury vinyl tile is built to endure the busiest homes. All of our traditional LVT flooring at Armstrong Flooring is scratch, stain and wear resistant, and waterproof.
All of our luxury vinyl flooring products have a 15 year residential warranty, and we also at least a 15 year light/moderate commercial warranty on these products.
Where in my home can I install luxury vinyl plank and tile?
The wonderful combination of design options, easy installation and good value make luxury vinyl plank and tile a flooring favourite for living rooms and dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and playrooms. Its incredibly realistic and on-trend styles also mean this flooring type is becoming more and more popular in all rooms of the house.
Luxury vinyl is not meant for stairs, but for any and all flat, level surfaces.
Is luxury vinyl tile an alternative to hardwood?
Yes! Homeowners especially love that you can get really authentic looking wood styles, and have them be durable enough for rooms where moisture can be a concern. Where hardwood is not recommended for installation in bathrooms and laundry rooms, luxury vinyl flooring is waterproof so it makes a great (and great looking) flooring for those areas.
What styles can I get with Luxury Vinyl flooring?
The beauty of luxury vinyl plank and tile is how versatile it is. It's truly possible to achieve a look that mimics hardwood, but with the performance you're seeking from a vinyl floor. Great care is taken during the design process to create visuals and textures that mimic the real thing.
Here are some of the looks you'll be able to choose from as you start your search.
- Realistic looking wood species – Everything from traditional Oak, Walnut and Pine to true-to-life exotic woods with dramatic grain patterns
- Texture and finishing effects – Weathered white-washing, liming and rough-hewn reclaimed looks
Where can I find the best luxury vinyl plank and tile for my style?
Armstrong Flooring offers some of the most chic and on-trend luxury vinyl styles. Browse your options, then view our list of distributors to get started.
What are my luxury vinyl plank and tile installation options?
Generally speaking, luxury vinyl plank and tile is one of the easier flooring types to install, making it very DIY friendly. The specific installation method will depend on the product you choose.
- Floating floor (angle locking) installation – This method requires no adhesive. Simply connect planks to each other on an angle, then snap into place. The flooring "floats" over the subfloor
- Glue-down installation – This is a traditional full-spread adhesive that you spread over the subfloor with a trowel before laying down planks.
Whether you choose to let the experts handle your installation, or if you're up for a DIY project, we offer tips and step-by-step instructions that will help.