LVT Vinyl Tile Flooring
What Is LVT?
LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tiles have become quite popular in recent years due to one genius idea, “Acrylic Grout”. Congoleum developed this grout to use with their “Duraceramic” LVT tiles and it was a fantastic invention. Made mostly of a vinyl composite material and a hard urethane finish these hybrid tiles are a great alternative to ceramic and can be quite convincing. In fact some are very convincing. LVT tiles are generally on a 16″ x 16″ format and about 1/8″ thick. Recently we’ve seen 12″ x 12″ and some modular sizes added like 8″ x 8″, 8″ x 16″ and 12″ x 24″. Using these you can create really nice patterns. There are two choices for installation. You can flush fit the tiles together (no grout) or space the tiles and grout just like ceramic.
Why LVT Instead of Ceramic
I like to refer to LVT tiles as “Hybrid” tiles. They sort of bridge the gap between sheet vinyl and ceramic tile. You get more of the comfort of a sheet vinyl yet the look of grouted ceramic. In some cases you may find ceramic and backer board too thick for an existing kitchen. LVT tiles are only 1/8″ thick and have a good amount of flexibility as to where you can install them.
Who Makes It?
Congoleum was the original with Duraceramic. Later Armstrong and Mannington followed suit with their own versions.
What About The Grout?
The original acrylic grout Congoleum developed for their LVT product was copied by Armstrong and Mannington and is still used today. Acrylic is stain resistant, flexible and fairly easy to maintain. At Floors Unlimited however, we stumbled upon a major improvement to this grout. The same Bostik “Trucolor” Urethane grout we use as an upgrade for ceramic tiles can also be used with LVT tiles. The urethane grout is much easier to apply and is far superior for cleaning and durability.