Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) Buying Guide

What is Luxury Vinyl Tiling (LVT)?

Vinyl is a synthetic man-made material that is made from ethylene and chlorine. When processed these two substances together form Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin, or Vinyl as we know it. This material is then fashioned into tiling or vinyl sheeting of just about any colour, pattern or shape. Today’s Vinyl Tile manufacturers take photographic images of natural materials such as wood and stone and transfer these images directly to a tile. Through the process of embossing or laser engraving on each tile, they can be embossed to match the desired texture almost exactly.

Luxury Vinyl Tiling Styles

In our article the Types of luxury vinyl tiles and vinyl flooring we looked at the various options available that can be considered when tiling a home or office. The types of styles available now a days are incredibly appealing and realistically mimic the stone and wood surfaces they have been designed to copy, almost exactly. Many manufacturers have become so good at this technique that once installed it is often hard to distinguish the vinyl tiling from the real natural material.

How much does Luxury Vinyl Tiling cost?

As mentioned before vinyl tiling is one of the most affordable flooring options on the market. Well-known brands such as Quick-Step LIYVN cost about R500 per meters squared or the Traviloc range which is between R495 and R509 per metre squared.

Where to buy Luxury Vinyl Tiles?

Vinyl tiles are available from most flooring companies. As they are easily manufactured a wide selection of colours, patterns and layouts can be found.
For a wide selection, have a browse through our vinyl tile section of the website.

Considerations

So you have decided on vinyl tile flooring for your space, what other considerations are there in order to make sure that you choose the best vinyl tile option for your needs?

• Appearance

What look do you want to go for? A wood replica will give a warm and soft look to your room while a stone replica will give the illusion of space and coolness.

• Flooring Grade Levels

Your space will have 3 grade levels, below, on and above. Many floors including vinyl tiles can be installed on grade level but there are not many that can be installed below grade level. Most vinyl tiling can be installed on top of surfaces such as vinyl or wood, however a floor needs to be levelled and clean before this can be done.

• Resale value

Although Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring is an excellent economical and durable option for flooring, it won’t add as much value to your home for resale purposes as real wood, ceramic or even laminate wood flooring can add. So if you’re looking at tiling an area or room in an investment property, perhaps think again.

Why choose Luxury Vinyl Tiles?

In our article the 5 advantages of vinyl flooring we looked at the pros and cons of this durable, cost effective and good looking flooring option.

A few advantages include that vinyl is moisture and humidity resistant, it is strong and durable, it is low cost and even though vinyl is a man-made material, in comparison to other materials is uses fewer natural resources to make, releases lower emissions into the atmosphere and is easily recyclable.

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for any home or office. Due to its affordability, durability and design choices, vinyl flooring can work well in just about any space.

For more ideas on flooring choices, read our article Laminate wood flooring versus vinyl tiling or 3 top flooring choices for your home.

Exclusive Flooring supply the very best in Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) and Vinyl Flooring choices, contact us on 011 704 4436 today to discuss your requirements with a knowledgeable consultant.