When it comes to choosing a new floor, there’s no shortage of variety out there. From classic hardwood to easy-fit laminate; the possibilities in design and style are growing all the time. Though you may have a clear idea of how you want your new floor to look, you might not be too familiar with the practical details.
If you like an authentic look, but want less maintenance and more comfort; then LVT flooring may be your perfect choice. Though if you haven’t yet delved into the LVT world, you might be unsure where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of questions you should be asking before buying LVT flooring...
Will LVT flooring be suitable for my space?
LVT flooring is suitable for almost any space in the home. It’s great for a comfortable, yet practical lounge, a busy kitchen, or even a family bathroom.
It’s always best to obtain samples, where possible, to first get a feel of how they will look in your chosen room. Look at where the light falls into the room, where furniture is positioned and how the size of the planks or tiles look compared with the size of your space.
Despite the waterproof properties of many high-quality LVT products, it’s not the best choice for a wetroom or other spaces that will see more moisture than a regular bathroom. With that in mind though, there may be other very similar options available - such as our SPC click range, which will stand up to a damp space much better than standard LVT.
What does the installation involve?
How your LVT flooring is installed will depend on the type you opt for.
Firstly, your subfloor will need to be prepped and checked to ensure that it is level, stable and not holding any excess moisture. Your LVT flooring can then be laid on top of this by a skilled floor fitter.
Many loose plank ranges are glued down using an appropriate adhesive. Whereas click collections simply sit on top of the subfloor, held in place by their locking system design. Whichever style you opt for, you will need to enlist the help of a reputable floor fitter who will be able to talk you through the fitting process, giving timescales and costs based on the size of the project.
How do I take care of it?
One of the main reasons LVT flooring is continuing to enjoy a surge in popularity is how simple it is to care for. You can clean your Distinctive flooring by sweeping with a soft brush, then wiping over with a general PH-neutral floor cleaner and a regular mop.
It’s best not to use steam or heat-assisted mops due to the chance of disrupting the adhesive.
Can I use mats on LVT flooring?
Rubber-backed mats should be avoided, as there’s a chance they can cause discolouration due to a reaction with the flooring. There are many rugs available with natural backing, such as cotton or jute, that are safe to use with LVT flooring - your flooring provider should be able to advise you on specific styles if you are unsure.
Now that you know the basics ...
All that’s left to do is narrow down your style choices and you’re on your way to a beautiful new LVT floor. From classic-look wood to stylish stone, you can browse our range of LVT flooring styles here.