posted: July 2018
We are passionate about LVT at Amtico, and have been making and designing it since 1964 in Coventry, UK.
Sharing some our thoughts on this strong, innovative material we're intrinsically connected to, we want to provide answers to the fundamental questions people ask us.
Luxury Vinyl Tile or LVT flooring is heterogeneous flooring, cut into tiles and planks for either glue-down or loose-lay installations across a wide range of environments ranging from heavy commercial to residential spaces.
Made from PVC, filling and stabilising materials, LVT is created through compressing several material layers together with heat, to create a hard-wearing, high-quality flooring material.
PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is an inert polymer made with natural resources - salt and oil. It's raw or virgin form is a pure, non-toxic plastic that can be moulded, heated and extruded into durable products including LVT flooring, and recycled fully into new products throughout its lifetime.
Formerly PVC contained heavy metals, which were dangerous for people and the environment, however now all Amtico PVC based flooring is metal-free, phthalate-free and safe to use, even in healthcare.
Practical, hygienic and highly durable, LVT is a floor product that's ideal for commercial spaces.
LVT is resistant to marks and scuffs - particularly when made with a UV cured coating. Underneath this will be a PVC wear layer, in varying thickness depending on the quality and usage of LVT - these are the key qualities against years of use.
Because of it's makeup LVT has a long lifetime of use - Amtico has developed it's flooring to withstand varied levels designed to fit a typical commercial project requirements.
LVT is naturally warm under foot; softer acoustic than a ceramic or hard stone surface, it's suitable for spaces with underfloor heating too. Every LVT should be tested for it's indentation performance and comfort factor - look out for these on a product's technical specification.
Inherently water resistant, this flooring will clean very easily. Maintaining it's quality is straightforward for building users and facilities teams. Without the need for harsh chemicals, a sweep and light mop is the normal routine, with a yearly deep clean recommended.
When sensitive environments like healthcare demand it, look for enhanced slip resistance and antimicrobial options.
The best LVT will be highly authentic, detailed or innovative. Emulating natural wood grains and tones, the real mineral qualities of stones - this is due to the quality of it's printed aesthetic layer. It's not a real wood, however LVT is a brilliant alternative with different qualities of performance that are often needed in commercial interiors. It can also be a source of surface innovation: manipulated textures, clever colour balances and patterns are all possible.
The features of LVT mean it can be used in many ways, to suit many design solutions.
Amtico LVT has:
The benefits of LVT's performance qualities mean it can be used across many different environments:
Ask us about how LVT can suit your commercial projects - call +44 (0) 121 745 0800 or speak to your Amtico representative.
LVT has many properties that make it a strong alternative for natural and other flooring specifications:
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The crowning feature of our Multiple Performance System is our Quantum Guard urethane layer. Amtico’s Quantum Guard is the most durable urethane on the market. The low-gloss finish also enhances the realism of our natural-looking products.
A. Quantum Guard Elite
Amtico’s patented urethane formula provides superior durability and resistance against abrasions and stains. The reinforced low gloss finish is highly realistic.
B. Superior 1mm wear layer
Toughened upper layer, giving excellent impact resistance and high clarity, allowing the product designs to shine through.
C. Design layers
Carefully crafted print layers create the rich detailed designs unique to the Signature collection.
D. Backing layers
The foundation of the product, providing long lasting stability. Contains up to 30% recycled pre-consumer content.
E. Acoustic backing layer (optional)
Reduces the impact sound insulation by up to 18dB and provides an extra level of comfort underfoot.