Buying Tips

The most common name for Luxury Vinyl Planks is LVT. Why LVT may be the right product for me?

  • DIY Friendly – No tools other than a strait edge and razor knife.
  • Solid Vinyl – Resists permanent stains, easily cleaned, colorfast, resists static electricity.
  • Cost– Luxury vinyl tile / planks can be a very economical way to have the look of real hardwood without the expense.

Two important things to consider when determining if this product fits your needs.

  • Moisture – This product is one of the few waterproof options for wet areas. Perfect for kitchens and baths.
  • Floor Preparation – Its a snap! This LVT floats over your existing vinyl or tile floor and saves your money and time instantly!

Dubbed, LVT, this category of flooring is now the product of choice for many residential applications that may not be suitable for other hard surface products.

Hardwood is still very desirable but, for certain locations has a propensity of failure  or degradation. Due to the fact that it’s a natural product, it can fade if installed in areas subject to excessive sunlight. Moisture can make it warp and discolor. It can scratch easily in high traffic areas. Lastly, indentations can be found if something is dropped on it and high heels.

Much of the same negatives exist with ceramic tile albeit it is a stronger and more resilient product than hardwood. Ceramic tile can also be installed in wet areas where hardwood is not suitable.

Imagine a product that is virtually impervious to all of the aforementioned pitfalls.

LVT is that product.

Once you’ve decided which areas in your home you want to install, take some measurements of these areas before shopping. Bringing in your own room measurements will enable the sales representative to provide you with a more accurate estimate of cost even before the area has been professionally measured even if somebody else will be installing.

The Basics

Available in tiles or planks, LVT is available in hundreds of styles, colors and finishes. Some LVT planks are made so realistically with a textured or hand scraped surface it’s difficult to know which is wood and which is vinyl.

Here are some reasons why LVT is a product you should consider when buying flooring.

  • Ideal for areas subject to water spills like kitchens and bathrooms. Water does not negatively effect it
  • Subfloors that have minor imperfections are still suitable to install over
  • Fast and clean installation
  • The “handy homeowner” can install it without purchasing specialized tools
  • Highly slip resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Cost effective
  • Incredibly stain resistant
  • Much more scratch resistant than hardwood
  • Dent and impact resistant, much more so than ceramic tile and hardwood

The Floor Trader not only has the best selection of Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank, but their professional sales staff will help you select the product that’s perfect for you!

What to consider prior to making your purchase:

  • How many people live in the house?
  • Will this room receive heavy or light traffic?
  • Are there any pets living in the house?
  • Will this area be exposed to food and beverages?
  • What about style?
  • Do you want a formal look or a more casual look?

Care & Maintenance

  • sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. Use non-staining mats on your floor. Do not put rubber-backed, latex-backed or coco fiber mats on your floor because they will stain or damage the surface
  • To minimize potential staining from asphalt tracking, we suggest you use a latex-based driveway sealer on your driveway.
  • Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most home furnishings to fade or discolor.
  • Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors. Ideally, the protectors should be at least one inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented hard plastic, and rest flat on the floor. Non-staining felt protectors are also acceptable. Casters with a minimum 3/4″ flat surface width or floor protectors are recommended for all moveable furniture. Make sure any metal protectors are rust-proof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
  • If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardboard runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers.