New Orleans is moving into the dog days of summer; temperatures are high, the humidity is higher and water sports are all the rage. Waterproof flooring is important this time of the year, and it’s a defining feature on one of our most affordable flooring options: luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Here, we’ll take a quick look at what makes LVT a great short term and long term investment.
LVT’s original appeal was its ability to closely match the beauty of stone tile flooring. Newer luxury vinyl floors do an even better job of reflecting this natural beauty with more realistic visuals and even textures. They also incorporate more colors and patterns than are available with natural stone floors. In other words, LVT offers the perfect visuals to match the Victorian influence prevalent in New Orleans.
There is a reason LVT is a popular option for kitchens and bathrooms. Luxury vinyl offers one of the largest selections of waterproof options of any flooring type. In addition to the tiles themselves repelling all moisture absorption (unlike their ceramic counterparts), many LVT floors also implement installation methods that prevent spills from seeping through to the subfloor.
A common concern with vinyl flooring is its durability. In the past, fraying, tearing and scraping were frequent and happened with relative ease. However, modern LVT floors often exceed their natural counterparts in terms of resilience and durability. This comes thanks to enhanced engineering methods and surface treatments (such as the ArmourBead™ Finish).
By now, you’re probably thinking LVT’s style and versatility must mean that it’s among the more expensive flooring options. Actually, the opposite is true: LVT is one of the most affordable flooring options to purchase and install. It consistently sells at a lower price point than its stone tile counterparts. It’s also easy to install and often requires no experience. So as a short and long term investment, it’s difficult to beat the value of luxury vinyl.