Our Laminate FAQ's
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At Flooring Direct, we have so many flooring options. Therefore, it is no wonder our customers are left with questions about us, our delivery and our incredible products!
So, if you are here because you too have some questions, chances are we have answered it below.
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The acronym LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile. It is a premium flooring supplied by Flooring Direct, available in both click-fit and glue-down ranges. LVT is currently growing rapidly in popularity as it has many benefits such as durability, beauty and water resistance.
What is LVT made from?
Like standard vinyl, LVT is made up of PVC (polyvinyl chloride resins). In simple terms, LVT is made from an extremely versatile plastic.
Amazingly, modern technology allows for this plastic to mimic the appearance of other flooring types (such as genuine tile or wood) whilst retaining the practical features plastic offers, that can't be achieved by the real deal. Most notably, LVT is completely waterproof, and therefore, is a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. LVT is also lower in cost than its counterpart, leaving more money for home furnishings and accessories.
As suggested by its name, LVT is on the more luxurious side of flooring options. Prices of our wonderful LVT start at £24.50, which is higher than traditional vinyl sold at Flooring Direct. However, this is still an extremely competitive price in the grand scheme of flooring and when compared to genuine tile or wooden flooring, is an absolute steal!
Yes, Luxury Vinyl Tile is waterproof. As mentioned during Q1, LVT is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride resins) of which is impervious to water.
However, it is always important to ensure that the correct fitting and preparation is undertaken when installing LVT. This is because although the flooring itself is water repellent, a damp sub-flooring underneath the flooring, or perhaps the incorrect sealant could still cause damp to occur underneath the flooring. For help with fitting LVT, check out our simple to follow LVT fitting guide.
Having said this, when LVT is correctly fitted, it is both a practical and stunning solution to bathroom and kitchen floorings. So if you want the look of wood without the chance of water damage, or the appearance of tile without the risk of breakages- LVT is the way to go.
If it is waterproof, can LVT be used outside?
At Flooring Direct we do not recommend for LVT to be used outside.
This is because sunlight can fade the colour of LVT, and the ever-unpredictable weather of the UK can take its toll on LVT over time.
Though Luxury Vinyl Tile is waterproof; wind, dirt, debris and temperature changes can impact the quality and look of LVT as it is not designed for use outside.
Luxury Vinyl Tile is a great flooring solution for families, as it is not only beautiful, but durable and practical too. In fact, the LVT on offer at Flooring Direct automatically guarantees a 20-year domestic warranty. Therefore, you can sleep at night knowing that the heavy foot traffic of your home is not going to phase your flooring at all.
Furthermore, LVT offers an easy clean, waterproof and stain resistant surface- perfect for homes with little ones or furry friends. So, if spillages are likely to happen at dinner time, or muddy paws tend to appear from nowhere, LVT is a great choice to make. One quick wipe with flooring cleaner and your LVT will be good as new; saving much needed time and energy.
Can LVT get damaged?
Though damage will always be possible with any type of flooring, certain kinds of flooring are more susceptible to certain damage than others. For example, carpet is more prone to staining whilst laminate is more prone to denting.
LVT is damage resistant as it has a hard and scratch proof surface, and is durable to weight and foot traffic. Plus, it is also stain-resistant and cannot be ripped or pierced. However, like all hard floorings of its nature, LVT is not invincible and can be dented under significant pressure.
However, the good thing about LVT is that if it is damaged, the whole thing does not need to be replaced. This is because LVT is fitted via separate panels or tiles, meaning that a solo piece can be removed and re fitted. This is a handy solution and could save you a lot of money if damage does occur.
At Flooring Direct we do not offer a fitting service ourselves.
We find that this allows our customers to decide what they do with their flooring, whether they want to go ahead and select a professional fitter or have a go at fitting themselves and save some money!
What should I bear in mind when installing LVT?
• Preparation is very important. LVT can be installed over a few different types of sub-flooring, however it is crucial to ensure the sub-flooring is clean, dry and free from debris before any installation begins.
• Ensure you have all the correct equipment to hand, including safety gloves and goggles.
• Clear out the room of installation from all furniture, accessories and people!
• Take your time. You do not want to rush this process.
If you would like to give fitting your own Luxury Vinyl Tile a go and need more detailed information, head over to our LVT fitting guide, which has been especially created by our flooring specialists.
One of the main benefits of LVT is that it can provide the look of hard wood whilst offering water resistance. This is fantastic as no genuine wood is completely waterproof. This means that the look of wood can be achieved in bathrooms and kitchens- without worry of damage.
Another benefit can be the cost of LVT when compared to its genuine counterpart. This cost does vary heavily and will depend upon the appearance you are after however, LVT can offer the same look for a better price.
Can I use LVT anywhere?
LVT can be used in so many areas in the home. However, Flooring Direct do not recommend use of LVT on the stairs or in outside locations.
Though we have already discussed the practicalities of LVT during other questions, we are yet to address the huge range and beautiful appearance of Luxury vinyl Tile. Unlike traditional vinyl flooring, LVT has a hard surface providing a more genuine appearance and feel underfoot.
Furthermore, you can be sure that when you purchase Flooring Direct LVT you are making an investment for your home. After all, our LVT offers a 20-year domestic warranty! This ensures our customers can rest at night knowing their flooring is going to stand the test of time.
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