Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Many years ago, most of the box stores and retail floor covering stores, carried very inexpensive, cash and carry laminate flooring. This became a very popular do-it-yourself home project. The products cost $0.99 - $1.50 a square foot. Stores could not keep these products in stock. They were selling like crazy!
The industry found these products to cause all kinds of problems. Six months to a year after installation, many of these products were blowing off the floor. There were just all kinds of warranty issues.
Fast forward many years later, now we have a marketplace product called "LVT." Luxury Vinyl Tile has hit the market in a big way. Companies make both vinyl tile (that looks like ceramic), as well as "LVP," or luxury vinyl plank.
Customers are just now coming around to the idea that luxury vinyl tile/plank is an outstanding product. This product is NOT the old laminate flooring. Bestlaminate.com wrote a great article explaining this product category: https://www.bestlaminate.com/help/what-is-luxury-vinyl-plank-flooring/. Here are some of the benefits they state:
Waterproof: Vinyl flooring is a 100% waterproof material that can be installed in wet prone areas, such as a kitchen, foyer, bathroom, basement or cafe.
Application: Traditional vinyl plank flooring can be installed below, above or on grade. It can be installed virtually anywhere in your home or business.
Appearance: Today’s digital printing technology is better than ever. You can find beautiful LVT and LVP planks in a variety of looks, colors and styles. Textures are also popular with this type of flooring.
DIY Installation: You can find traditional vinyl in glue down or click lock installations. Both installations are DIY friendly, however, a click lock vinyl will be the easiest option. Traditional click lock vinyl does not require many tools or skills!
Non-Slip – Vinyl flooring is anti-static and slip resistant. It is the perfect option for bathrooms!
Comfort – LVT and LVP flooring will be softer and more comfortable under foot than other waterproof counter parts, such as ceramic or porcelain tile. A thin vinyl, however, will be effected by the subfloor. If you’re installing a thin vinyl over a concrete subfloor, it will take on a harder feel than a plywood subfloor.
Affordability: Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable flooring options on the market, especially if you’re looking for a waterproof option. Glue down vinyl floors tend to be less expensive than click lock vinyls.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning: An LVT or LVP vinyl is very easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional deep cleaning is all that is necessary.
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