Winter brings plenty of wear and tear on today’s floors. Whether it’s boots tracking mud or snow, equipment being moved, or heavy foot traffic, your facility needs something tough to stand up against slips, scuffs, scratches and stains. In recent years, LVT (luxury vinyl tile) has established itself as one of the toughest surfaces in the flooring world. Major manufacturers, including Armstrong (with their Diamond 10 Technology), Shaw, Mannington and Congoleum have embraced its durability, stability and wide range of design options. Because of its protective wear layer, LVT is scratch and scuff resistant and doesn’t need waxing or polishing. In addition, LVT usually has a “textured” pattern in order to simulate natural surfaces, giving the surface an element of depth that isn’t found on a smooth surface floor. This texture adds a layer of safety to the product’s offerings. Consequently, when wet, LVT will maintain a higher level of resistance to slipping and skidding than polished or high gloss options.
Versatile and strong, LVT can wear a number of hats. It can look like any tile from ceramic and travertine to slate and marble, while the wood creations have become increasingly popular and mimic a spectrum of hardwood and laminate floors. The natural appeal of the LVT planks (available in authentic plank lengths and widths like real hardwood) has opened up a new design look for commercial installations.
And for simplicity, this surface only requires mopping and sweeping to maintain its “looks like new” appearance. LVT is constructed from synthetic material so by its very nature it is resistant to moisture and climate. Some LVT is also water resistant and can come with a warranty of up to 20 years. Now that’s a tough floor! LVT has wear layers coated with urethane to make them even stronger and suitable for tough traffic. A vacuum and damp mop takes care of maintenance, making it a product to consider for almost any installation.
Durability is also a key factor. Hard surface flooring has notoriously been difficult to maintain, but even in the toughest of environments, LVT usually offers an outstanding flooring solution. It is commonly thought that LVT’s design layer will wear away over time, but that is not at all the case. The design on LVT is printed directly on the film layer of the tile, which is further protected by the wear layer. This gives the floor a protective, clear layer that makes it tough as nails and the design layer will never be walked off.
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