Many agencies are switching to Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring. There are many different types with varying prices.
Not sure which one to choose? We’re here to help.
Things to consider when buying LVT:
Performance: Wear layer is a critical decision that impacts the floors performance because it is the top layer that protect the tile from foot traffic, scratches, etc. The wear layer is measured in mils and ranges from 1 to 6 (residential) or 40 (commercial). Another choice to make is the type of finish on your LVT. Choices include vinyl, urethane, aluminum oxide or ceramic bead finishes. * Wear layer, finishes and construction will affect cost.
Visual Appeal: Improved technology has allowed for more realistic visuals. Choices include wood, stone and granite looks. Manufacturers also offer textured surfaces to further enhance the visual.
Warranty: Warranty will differ based on gauge and wear layer of the product.
Maintenance: When it comes to maintenance, LVT will save you time and money. Generally, LVT is easy to care for – no polishing necessary!
Installation Method: Ranges from traditional glue-down over a smooth subfloor to floating/adhesive free installation requiring less subfloor preparation – a review of your current subfloor will help you determine the best method for your project. * Newer installation methods include interlocking or “click” LVT.
Point of Production: The price of your LVT will vary depending on where it is produced. Generally, American made products will be more expensive due to strict manufacturing guidelines and higher labor cost. You will see products coming from outside of the US tend to be less expensive.
Availability: Some products have a significant lead time. Although foreign-made products are often readily available, your selection may be limited. Always double check on your products lead time before you order.
Pricing: Pricing will range from just around $1.00 per square foot up to over $5.00 per square foot – not including installation costs. *Lifetime costs should be taken into consideration as well. What you spend on a less costly floor now could easily exceed the more expensive option by racking up maintenance costs and more frequent repair or replacement.
Need more clarification? Want assistance in choosing the right LVT for you? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we’re here to help you every step of the way!