Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring offers many benefits over natural, more traditional flooring materials. In the first of a series of articles, we’re looking at choosing an LVT floor over wood for your home.
The beauty of wood…
Wood floors have long been a popular option in our homes; their warm, welcoming shades offsetting a seemingly tough, almost indestructible material. Trends for colours and furnishings may come and go, but the reliable wooden floor remains.
… combined with the practicality of LVT.
So why choose LVT over wood? Amtico LVT is a highly practical choice throughout the home, particularly for busy families with children or pets. Here are our top reasons to choose LVT floors over wood:
Hardwearing, hardworking and durable:
Amtico LVT is designed to take whatever life throws at it, so you can be confident that it won’t scratch, scuff or dent in the same ways that wood can. It’s still comfortable and quiet to walk on, making it perfect for busier areas in your home like the hallway or kitchen.
Compatible with underfloor heating up to 27 degrees:
Both solid and engineered wood floors are prone to shrinking and cracking with temperature changes, so it’s important to think carefully about where to use them.
Cleaning & maintaining your floor is easy:
Sweep or hoover your Amtico floor regularly. Use a neutral floor cleaner, or even use correctly diluted bleach or antibacterial cleaner for added peace of mind, all without worrying about the floor absorbing any of the liquid.
Don’t worry about spills and stains:
All households need a floor that stands up to the tests of spills and stains. The Quantum Guard coating on Amtico LVT means it will not absorb any liquids that accidentally end up on it, unlike unvarnished or painted woods which may not be sealed to the same degree.
Choosing your look
Traditional patterns such as Parquet have long been associated with a sense of grandeur and timeless design and continue to be a sought after look for hallways, kitchens and living spaces. Experiment with size and plank colour to achieve a more contemporary look – different colours or larger herringbones can feel more in keeping with a modern extension.
Recent trends in interiors have focused on clean, sleek, natural finishes and materials – we’re particularly thinking about the Scandi and Nordic trends – with washed and painted woods proving popular to create light and airy spaces. Choosing LVT in pale shades allows you to get the look without the stress of maintenance.
Choosing an alternative finish, such as a sawn wood or distressed timber replicates reclaimed or timeworn floors without the costs of sourcing and refurbishing original materials. It also gives you the opportunity to update different patterns, from stripwood through to woven patterns.