Luxury Engineered Stone Tile
LVT, or Luxury Vinyl Tile is a durable, affordable, and beautiful alternative to hardwood, ceramic tile, marble and slate.
With its introduction in October 2006, luxury vinyl flooring reinvented vinyl flooring, and manufacturers quickly began positioning it as a viable flooring material for homeowners and businesses, perfectly mimics the look and texture of stone and tile.
What sets today’s luxury vinyl tile apart from the vinyl of days past is appearance. The hokey designs and limited options of yesteryear are history. So-called "luxury" vinyl flooring (LVT-LVP) differs from standard vinyl flooring in its ability to closely mimic the look of natural materials, such as wood or stone. It accomplishes this by a surface layer that has a very realistic photo-created image, combined with textures that resemble that of the real materials.
Qualities of Luxury Vinyl Tiles
- Simulates natural materials. Luxury vinyl tile simulates stone (slate, travertine, marble, etc.)
- Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the shape of individual pieces. Traditional sheet vinyl flooring comes in room-widths and lengths to minimize or even eliminate seams. LVT tiles are usually square: 12"x12" or 16"x16"
- Luxury vinyl tile is typically a vinyl/limestone mixture. Stone and Marble-look LVT (Engineered Stone) often will contain minerals as an example, limestone and a vinyl mix. Note that only the base layer is limestone, while the top layer is vinyl. So, you are looking at and walking on the vinyl layer.
Composition of the Layers
- Aluminum oxide: This topmost aluminum oxide-based layer prevents light scratching and shoe scuffs.
- Clear film: This layer protects against harder damage, such as rips and tears.
- Design layer: This is the photo-realistic print of stone or wood.
- Backing layer: The bottom layer is the real "meat" of the flooring, giving the product structure and solidity. The backing layer comprises 90% of the product’s thickness.
Luxury Vinyl Engineered Stone gives you all the benefits of natural stone without all the disadvantages of using a sealer or worrying about cracking. Your selection absorbs the heat in your home so walking around barefoot will never be cold to the touch. The waterproof characteristics of these tiles won’t allow penetration and damage to your subfloors from water closet overflows, shower drain backups, dishwasher and sink malfunctions and washer mishaps and mold and mildew problems will be a thing of the past. Your Luxury Vinyl Engineered Stone floor is rated for commercial applications, so your lifetime wear and structural warranty will withstand the test of time in your home.
How much care does it need? Simple & easy—The floor is low maintenance and easy to care for. Vacuum regularly and mop with soapy water and use an approved vinyl floor cleaner to remove any stains.
Vinyl flooring is still evolving. It’s more durable—many companies offer lifetime warranties. Patterns and textures convincingly mimic their old-school competitors or boldly go in a more modern direction. And in response to health concerns, some flooring is now certified to meet strict standards for indoor air quality. When a flooring is this versatile and has so many looks, who needs a historic pedigree?