We live in an age where consumers and homeowners are presented with an incredible amount of choice when it comes to the materials that are available to make our homes both more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Not only have new materials made it easier than ever to beautify our homes – these materials are now cheaper and easier to install than ever before.
It’s not only brand new materials that have now become available – it’s older materials that have received a makeover due to new technologies that are now going mainstream.
A great example of innovation that is making our homes more comfortable and attractive is in the materials that are now available for floor covering.
A great example is Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). This material was the go-to choice for industrial use and commercial application at one point. However, new designs and production techniques have seen interest in LVT from homeowners surge in the last couple of years.
They are a number of reasons for this renewed interest, including then toughness and versatility of the material. The advent of 3D printing techniques has also allowed LVT to closely mimic the appearance of high-end slate and tile products or even natural wood without the high maintenance required to care for these floor coverings, or the cost involved. Underfoot LVT is also softer and more pleasant to have around the home.
As far as value for money is concerned LVT is now available in a number of different thicknesses with the higher end of the scale boasting extremely robust ‘wear layers’. In essence, this means that the modern LVT products boast a longevity that will match or exceed many other products on the market.
Another advantage of LVT flooring is that is not only worn resistant, but incredibly forgiving when it comes to water exposure. It has long been a complaint by homeowners who fit laminate wood flooring for instance that exposure to spills and water can result in warping and discoloration – this is simply not the case with LVT flooring. The waterproof nature of LVT flooring makes it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens – and other areas of the home.
Another often overlooked advantage of LVT flooring is warmth. Tile and wooden flooring can be cold – and add significantly to the cost of heating a home. LVT flooring is warm underfoot. There are also types of LVT flooring that are suitable for use when underfloor heating is required.
LVT flooring has significant sound insulation qualities, which make it suitable for high traffic areas. It is also incredibly easy to maintain.
Then there is, of course, the question of design and attractiveness. The newer LVT products are of a quality which makes the flooring extremely attractive. In fact, it is very difficult to tell the difference between high-quality LVT flooring and tile or laminate – making it the ideal choice for the homeowner in search of an attractive alternative to these two products.
LVT flooring has a variety of benefits – and anyone looking for a flooring solution that combines great looks and scratch and scuff resistance would do well to take a look at the LVT options on the market today.