Just a few short years ago, both residential and commercial property owners who desired floors that enhance the appearance of the offices and homes avoided cheap, plastic—looking vinyl tile or linoleum products. Today, advances in flooring technology and manufacturing processes make the look, grains and character of luxury vinyl tile or plank flooring just as stunning as traditional flooring made of more expensive hardwoods and stone.
As more homeowners seek a practical, less-expensive alternative to traditional options, many are choosing to install luxury vinyl tile. This flooring type represents the fastest growing category in the industry, with sales surpassing the $500 million mark in 2011, according to the Floor Daily website.
Luxury Vinyl Tile Style Options
Consumers are no longer limited to the bland selections of their parents. The product comes in just about any flooring material you care to match, including wood, bamboo, marble, stone, ceramic tile, metal flooring or inlaid hardwood.
You also have the choice of a multitude of color options to fit any décor. The texture of the product is so good—that it can easily pass the “eye test,” and look just as expensive as traditional flooring options but at a lower cost.
Compared To Vinyl Planks
Luxury vinyl tile gives you a visual appearance of real stone or ceramic tile. Products like Armstong Alterna tile can even be grouted to better enhance the authentic appearance. You also select from a palette of color options from which to choose. Property owners are looking for the appearance of expensive flooring in high traffic areas or where there is potential for water damage to occur can install luxury vinyl plank flooring that looks like bamboo or hardwood flooring. The material consists of long rectangular pieces that can be floated over many existing surfaces or glued directly to the sub-floor.
By using the same “staggering” technique employed for hardwood floor installations, luxury vinyl plank flooring, at first, glance, will appear to be the “real thing.” The wear layer on most products is Aluminum Oxide, which repels scratches magnificently. It is common to find commercial warranties on these products.
Installing Luxury Vinyl Tile
The material’s limitless design possibilities and high-quality visual appeal make it an attractive option. Many do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners would be pleased with the easy installation. Any person with average DIY abilities can install these tiles. Most materials are tongue and grooved or click-together, but other types are square edged for gluing directly to the sub-floor. The DIY favorite is the peel-n-stick or self-adhesive type.
Here are the basic steps for installing self-adhering luxury vinyl tile:
- Mark your reference line to begin the project
- Peel off the protective backing
- Lay the floor down
Complete the installation project by using a 75 lb. or 100 lb. roller to set the tiles in place.
Luxury Vinyl Tile Maintenance
Most all of these materials are maintenance free. They have a finished surface that should last for many years. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and maintenance. A general rule is not to use any cleaners that leave a film on the floor. Once this happens a maintenance problem is created. Microfiber mops and hot water work well on all floors with a urethane finish. Other cleaners are available as well. Call our office to order the proper cleaner today!
Speak To Your Flooring Professional
You can install this tile in any area of your property and feel confident that you have made the right choice. Just Around the Corner has been servicing commercial and residential flooring clients in the St. Louis area for over 24 years. If you have any questions about luxury vinyl flooring or other floor products, contact us and speak to one of our flooring experts for assistance.
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