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LVT Flooring FAQ: Answers to Your Questions


Luxury Vinyl Tile

The first step before cleaning any flooring product is always to refer to your warranty guide or to contact your local Flooring America/Flooring Canada location to ask about cleaning your specific products. Thanks to the overall stain resistance capabilities of luxury vinyl, most spills and stains will wipe up quickly with a clean white cloth. When wiping up stains, turn the cloth frequently to prevent spreading the stain. Make sure to rinse with clean water and allow the area to dry. To prevent your floors from fading or discoloring, make sure you sweep regularly and always keep doormats at each entrance.

Proper maintenance will keep your floors shiny. For heavier cleaning, a manufacturer recommended cleaning solution can be used when mopping.

There are many different types of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring and as a result the materials they are made from can vary, but generally all LVT is made of layers which typically include a wear layer, an image layer, a core layer, and backing layer. The wear layer is typically made of polyurethane treated plastic or aluminum oxide which creates scratch and UV resistant surface. Below the wear layer is the image and texture layer where the desired look of the floor is printed on a textured surface designed to make it look and feel like the product it is imitating (e.g. wood, stone). Below the image layer is the core layer, which often will dictate the classification of the LVT product. Rigid core & Stone-poly composite (SPC) vinyl products have a hard, dense core that boast great durability but may be harder underfoot and may sound louder underfoot. Wood-poly composite (WPC) vinyl floors and flex-core vinyl floors boast softer, more cushioned cores that feel more comfortable underfoot but may not have the same durability as vinyl floors with harder cores. The backing layer will often be made from cork, fiberglass or foam depending on the application and the subfloor it is being installed over.

The lasting beauty or durability of the floor is a top priority for many homeowners. Durability not only ensures that you get the best value for your dollar; it also means that your floors will stay looking great for years to come. Luxury Vinyl is known for its high durability thanks to its superior wear layer. The wear layer keeps the original appearance of the floor and provides easy maintenance. The importance of selecting flooring with the proper wear layer depends on your homes needs - do you have pets? kids? heavy foot traffic?

Luxury vinyl is a low-maintenance product that offers hassle-free cleaning, making it ideal for busy families, students, and professionals alike. Occasionally vacuuming will help to keep your luxury vinyl floors in good condition, removing unsightly hair, plus dust and crumbs that can dull floors with time. But what model or brand of vacuum is best? As always, when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, the answer depends on the style of flooring. That’s why it’s so important to always check the manufacturer’s recommendations, which vary from product to product.

Good news: the answer is yes! You can upgrade your look by switching to luxury vinyl when you install over your old hard surface floors. Make sure to ask a professional flooring installation team for help, like the friendly experts at Flooring America. Professional installation ensures quality results without any of the stress, mess, or labor of doing it on your own.

It’s best to let an experienced professional handle installing your new luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring. LVP floor installation is a technically challenging, multi-stage project — and while that might sound fun to you DIY go-getters out there, trust us: it’s never fun to get finished results that are anything less than perfect. (Especially not when we’re talking about a room you see every day!) For results you can trust from prep to clean-up, get installation help from the experts at Flooring America. Contact us online for a free estimate on your project, or visit one of our convenient retail locations today.

The material that goes beneath luxury vinyl plank flooring is called “underlayment.” Different vinyl floors have different underlayment needs, depending on factors like where the flooring will be installed, the overall quality of your “subflooring” (which is the layer on top of your home’s joists), and the need for noise reduction. Our experts will handle all of the construction and clean-up for you, so that all you have to worry about is how to decorate when we’re finished!