About Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl flooring is durable and cost-efficient. High traffic homes and pet owners take note: Vinyl is water, heat, and scratch resistant! Available in realistic stone, tile and wood looks, vinyl is a low maintenance and beautiful flooring solution. Luxury vinyl comes in tile and plank forms. These product types are shortened to LVP (luxury vinyl planks) and LVT (luxury vinyl tile). Browse our wide selection of luxury vinyl.

LVP
LVP closely mimics the look of long hardwood planks and can include embossed or hand-scraped wood looks.

Plank Size - typically are 48 or 36 inches long. With most planks, the width is about 6 inches, though some go as much as 7 3/4 inches wide.
LVT
LVT, on the other hand, typically resembles stone or ceramic tile. This creates a clean look while remaining soft underfoot.

Tile Size - these are typically 12"x24"
COREtec Haven Oak wood-look plank
COREtec Amaya stone-look tile
Luxury Vinyl Benefits
  • 100% moisture resistant
  • Commercial grade wear layer
  • Different types of cores for different application settings
  • Can be used on cement, tile, plywood, sheet vinyl and other flat and level subfloors
  • Easy to install (can even be done as a DIY project)
  • Variety of design options
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • Options for every budget

How LVT is Constructed
To understand the components of vinyl flooring, it's good to know how it's constructed. Most LVT is “composite” vinyl, meaning it is a combination of vinyl, plasticizers, and print films. The product typically comes with a core structure, which is a mix of vinyl and plasticizer or fiberglass. That material is then covered with a paper print-film, which has the desired color pattern.
Wear Layer
The wear layer is like your bodyguard; it helps protect your floor from dents, scratches, etc. The thicker the wear layer, the buffer your bodyguard. When you look at vinyl flooring, it’s just as (if not more) important to look at wear layer thickness as plank thickness.

Material: Most is polyurethane. Better brands add ceramic beads to the urethane for added resistance to wear and scratches. Some even use crushed cultured diamonds.

Thickness: Wear layers start at 6 mils thick for cheap vinyl tile flooring. The best lines from most brands have wear layers of 20 mils or 22 mils.
Luxury Vinyl Layer
This is called the design layer or image layer.

Vinyl (PVC plastic) is a very versatile material. With it, remarkably authentic-looking designs can be produced to mimic wood, stone, ceramic tile and other materials. The designs are printed for outstanding realism.

The vinyl layer is waterproof and can be textured, for example, to give it a genuine woodgrain or stone feel.
Rigid Core: Wood or
Stone with Polymers
There are two types of cores used: Wood-based (WPC) and stone-based (SPC) cores. The wood is often sawdust, aka wood flour. The stone is usually crushed limestone.

Both wood and stone are mixed with plastic polymers, so you will see WPC, wood/polymer core, and SPC, stone/polymer core, used in our showrooms.
Attached Underlayment
Most luxury vinyl plank flooring includes attached pad. Most are made of cork, foam or rubber.

How to Clean and Maintain LVT Floors
  • Place floor mats at the entry points of the home to catch loose dirt 
  • Vacuum and sweep
  • Damp/wet mop regularly to remove dirt build up
  • Plank/tile replacement is possible by a trained installer
  • Avoid steam cleaning. Instead, simply stick with a regular mop or swiffer
Note: Always refer the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines for the flooring you have chosen. It is important to follow their care instructions so as not to void any warranties.
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