Luke’s Introduction to LVT, Amtico and Karndean
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are an exciting area of flooring. Offering the same benefits as traditional vinyl flooring, they also provide increased flexibility of design choice with premium production quality.
The leading brands are Amtico and Karndean.
One of the main benefits of LVT is its excellent durability. They are also extremely realistic. Two of the most popular styles are tile effect and wood effect. They look just like real wood and ceramic tiling. However, they are far easier to maintain, requiring a simple wipe to remove spills and potential stains. Unlike ceramic tiling, luxury vinyl tiles are slip resistant, creating a safer environment and reducing the risk of falls.
A further benefit, in comparison to ceramic tiling, is that LVT is warm and cushioned underfoot, improving the overall feel and warmth of any room that it is fitted in. It can also reduce your energy costs, creating a barrier that can stop heat from escaping.
LVT is very versatile and can be used in most areas of your home, however it is worth noting that sharp objects, such as grit and gravel, can damage the surface. We wouldn’t recommend using it in mixed use inside and outside areas.
When it comes to installation you need to have a perfectly flat subfloor. A professional flooring company will check and remedy this as standard. They will also know the correct adhesive to use, which depends on the temperature of the room.
As they are premium products, we recommend that you choose an accredited Amtico or Karndean partner to supply and install your flooring. This ensures consistency and a complete service, from start to finish. As an approved and experienced supply and installation partner, with a dedicated team, we are able to handle all aspects from survey, to selection, design, installation and aftercare advice.