By Kristie Jost
My, how the flooring industry just keeps on changing! But it’s loaded with new, improved and good looking products.
When you walk into a showroom floor, one thing you’ll notice is a lot of products that look like tile or wood, but are actually a vinyl product. In the case of a tile-looking product, it is called Luxury Vinyl Tile, commonly referred to as LVT. If you see a longer piece that looks like wood, you’re looking at Luxury Vinyl Plank or LVP. Here’s the run-down on these products:
LVT is designed to capture the timeless look of natural stone, tile flooring and ceramic floors. The slate and stone patterns are stunning, giving you a vibrant collection of floors with a natural texture you can actually feel.
Each tile offers a perfect blend of color and pattern for the most natural looking slate or stone floor visual. They wear exceptionally well and are very durable, plus LVT is easy to install and can be grouted or not.
It’s not just the visuals that make people want to buy LVT and LVP. It’s softer and easier on your legs, plus it’s warmer than tile.
LVP accurately represents real hardwood colors and textures for beauty in a similar vinyl product. It comes in authentic-looking plank lengths and widths. Nearly all manufacturers have battled to gain market share in this popular category.
Some products are floated, while others are glued down. Many manufacturers promote the waterproof feature along with ease of application and ability to put it in any level of your home, including over in-floor heat.
You’ll be surprised at how realistic some of these floors look and feel! A new look is the “reclaimed” laminate floors with more of a matte finish.
As for tile, it is timeless and much appreciated for its quality and durability. A popular application is in bathrooms, including custom walk-in showers where creativity with deco tile and various sizes can give a stunning look! Or transform your kitchen with a beautiful tile backsplash.
Kristie Jost is a licensed interior designer
at Cullen’s Home Center.