Much like traditional sheet vinyl
, LVT is made up of multiple layers, all of which have an important role to play. At the heart of each luxury vinyl plank is a lightweight core, surrounded by compact layers that provide strength, stability, and support, and guard against impact and indentations.
On the very surface is a protection layer, which shields the floor from potential damage and provides scratch and stain resistance. Just below this is a wear and tear layer, which adds to the floor’s performance, followed by a design layer, and then an acoustic layer that minimises surface sound whilst adding comfort. In some styles of click LVT, there’s an integrated underlay right at the bottom to provide extra cushioning and reduce the sound of footsteps. The result is an incredibly sturdy plank or tile with the appearance of natural wood or stone that can be laid in any room in your home. It sounds amazing!
What’s also amazing is how many different designs there are for luxury vinyl! Luxury vinyl comes in either planks for a wood effect or tiles for a stone effect. Depending on the range, there can be anything from 6 to 18 planks in a box and the width of a plank/tile varies on different designs.
To create the realistic look of wood or stone, a large repeating pattern is printed on the design layer. The pattern is moved slightly each time, so no two planks look the same, this creates a unique and authentic look. The planks and tiles are also textured, with the more expensive ones featuring registered embossing that follows all the grooves and knots of the pattern, so it feels like real wood or stone beneath your feet. From traditional oak effect wood vinyl flooring to modern black stone, there’s a style to suit every space.