What is LVT Flooring?
LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile. It realistically mimics natural materials like stone, marble, travertine, or wood. At the same time, it offers numerous benefits including lower cost, improved scratch resistance, and waterproof performance. LVT includes a photographic print layer to capture the realistic looks and a wear layer for increased durability. It’s available in planks or tiles.
LVT flooring delivers the ideal combination of everything a commercial flooring product should be – elegantly designed, highly durable, and easy to maintain. Luxury vinyl tile means not having to sacrifice high-quality design for industrial utility.
Benefits of LVT Flooring
LVT flooring comes in different designs, with options ranging from authentic woodgrains to pops of bright color.
Our unique manufacturing method gives our LVT flooring an unmatched level of durability for all settings.
LVT flooring is not only built to last for years to come, it also meets WELL and LEED certification standards, and is manufactured with non-phthalate plasticizers.
Easy to Maintain
For most types of vinyl flooring, a simple two-bucket cleaning system will do. Luxury vinyl tile is also naturally stain and scuff resistant.
Crafted for Strength & Style
To create the durability and authentic look of natural materials in LVT flooring, a highly technical and rigorous process is required. At Parterre, we manufacture all of our luxury vinyl tile using the hot press method. This heat infused hands-on construction involves a baking process that fuses each layer of vinyl together. This level of craftsmanship helps create the strongest, clearest and highest quality LVT flooring available.
Print Design Layer
Our LVT flooring is comprised of multiple layers to ensure maximum clarity and quality.
BACKING: Three layers of backing stacked and individually rotated to create a stronger locking system. Then it is fused together using the hot press method to create the base.
PRINT DESIGN LAYER: The authentic photograph film design creates both a strikingly vibrant and texturized design in each luxury vinyl plank and tile.
WEAR LAYER: To ensure maximum durability and long-lasting use, all LVT flooring has a wear layer on the surface to protect the design integrity of the flooring.
Types of LVT Flooring
Myths About LVT Flooring
Most myths surrounding luxury vinyl flooring are left over from the days of sheet laminate that was frequently used before the turn of the century. Today, here are a few common misconceptions about LVT flooring and its quality.
Myth #1. It Will Wear Down Easily
This myth speaks to laminate flooring products that are cheaply made with low-quality design printing processes that literally disappear under lots of wear and tear. With luxury vinyl flooring, the thoughtful design and construction of each collection, combined with the durable wear layers, ensures the designs will not fade away.
Myth #2. It’s One Dimensional
Because lower-end laminate and vinyl flooring use less expensive raw materials without using a textured wear layer, the design layers are printed without texture. The hot press method embeds real texture into each product that you can truly see and feel.
Myth #3. It’s the Same as Laminate
It’s not! They have entirely different construction processes and are made from very different materials. LVT flooring is far more durable and can withstand exposure to moisture, which laminate flooring cannot.
Myth #4. Upkeep is Difficult
Many people assume that LVT flooring must be buffed, polished, waxed and even mopped frequently to maintain its look and integrity. Because luxury vinyl is naturally scuff, stain and water resistant, and it’s built with ease-of-maintenance in mind, a simple two-bucket system is all that is required for LVT flooring.