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LVT Explained

LVT is a stylish and practical flooring product, that's available in a variety of designs and colourways – ideal for any room in your home.

What is LVT?

Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT as it’s known, is a popular type of flooring that gives the appearance of real wood or stone, or introduces a striking abstract look. We manufacture our LVT by heat-compressing several high-quality materials together to create extremely durable, flexible and versatile flooring, perfect for stylish floor designs in all areas of the home.

Amtico offers an extensive range of wood, stone and abstract designs, across many colours, textures and finishes that can be laid in a variety of patterns.

Our experienced design and manufacturing teams, based at our specialist Coventry factory, use sophisticated printing techniques to craft authentic planks and tiles that replicate the true grains of wood and the natural detailing of stone. They so closely resemble natural materials that it can be difficult to notice the difference.

Why is LVT a popular choice for homes?

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With LVT, you’ll enjoy a beautiful, highly durable floor that’s comfortable, quiet underfoot and compatible with underfloor heating. LVT is such a good choice throughout your home, particularly for kitchens and bathrooms because of its water resistance qualities.

The top wear layer of an LVT plank or tile has a patented urethane formula, known as Quantum Guard Elite. It protects against scratches, dents and stains, to give excellent impact resistance. Amtico products offer the most durable wear layer and are backed up by long-standing product warranties.

Installation is also a big benefit. Being lightweight, flexible and easy to cut makes it quicker to install LVT than to lay a real wood or stone floor. Once laid, there’s very little to do to keep it looking as good as new. Cleaning LVT is really straightforward too.

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Why choose LVT over other types of hard flooring?

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Opting for LVT in your home is a great way to achieve a natural floor design without some of the challenges of traditional hard floors and laminate.

As an alternative to wood, LVT has greater resistance to scratching. It won’t dent in the way a wood floor can or need polishing so often to retain its appearance. Wood can also shrink, expand or curl in moist environments whereas LVT will keep its shape and not mark if splashed by water.

Stone can be a very hard, cold material, it can easily chip or crack if something is dropped onto it. LVT is much more forgiving and doesn’t need sealing as many stones do. Choosing LVT also means no grouting. Grouting can become loose over time and is difficult to keep clean. Stone LVT is available in many natural-looking designs and a multitude of sizes. It’s easy to lay in creative patterns. You can add stripping to each tile to help define the pattern for a more authentic floor design.

Both laminate and LVT can achieve the effect of wood or stone, but LVT is more durable and far better suited to kitchens and bathrooms where it might come into contact with water. Laminate flooring is made from fibreboard which can lift, swell and warp in these environments. You can order up to six free samples for a closer look at the design detailing of Amtico LVT.

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How is LVT installed?

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To lay an LVT floor, planks and tiles are permanently glued down in a laying pattern using adhesive that’s suitable for the environment its laid in. This differs from laying laminate, where a ‘loose-lay’ click system is often used.

For a perfect finish, LVT must be installed onto a surface that’s even, dry and clean. We always recommend that Amtico LVT is installed by a professional fitter who is Amtico endorsed or fully trained. They understand the intricacies of the material and how to achieve perfection.

Our network of specialist retailers can advise on design and product choice, as well as arranging the right professional installation for you.

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How to care for your LVT floor

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Amtico LVT floors are designed to last and easy to care for. You can download a handy guide that provides some top tips for cleaning and maintaining your LVT floor – but there really isn’t much to do. Regular cleaning is as simple as a light sweep and a mop using Amtico Floorcare Maintainer. We recommend a thorough yearly clean to remove ingrained dirt and give it a fresh look.

Your new Amtico LVT floor comes with a Floorcare Starter Kit so you’ll have everything you need to care for your beautiful new floor from the day it’s installed.

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