As a cost-effective and beautiful alternative to hardwood, stone and marble flooring, more and more homeowners are choosing luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). It is easy to lay, which reduces the cost of installation. LVT is strong and durable. It resists dents, scratches and heat.
What is LVT Flooring?
LVT is composed of four different layers. There are three layers of vinyl: a vinyl backing, a vinyl core and a photo print film layer. This layer is what determines the look of the finished flooring. Finally, there is a protective clear layer. LVT’s ease of maintenance is a major reason for its popularity. It is easy to maintain, requiring only sweeping or dry mopping. LVT can last between 25 and 30 years.
Luxury vinyl has a smoother surface than other flooring, making it easier to walk on. It has a sound-reducing property that reduces the clicking noise you hear when you walk across it.
LVT’s greatest advantage
LVT is resistant to water damage, which is the biggest advantage it has over other types. LVT is a great choice for flooring in below-grade areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Luxury vinyl flooring can be used in any room that is not exposed to water.
LVT and Water Damage
LVT can be damaged by water or moisture, as mentioned above. What happens to the subfloor under which LVT is installed after water damage?
Vinyl flooring can be either glued down (not recommended), and “floated” over the subfloor. If there is water damage, water can seep under the LVT and cause irreparable damage to the wooden or concrete subfloor. In this case, the LVT may need to be removed so that the subfloor issues can be addressed. LVT can be easily removed by professionals. After drying, it can be placed back in place after the subfloor has been dry to its original condition.
It is crucial to dry everything underneath the LVT. Wood subflooring can dry slowly and could lead to mold.
Concrete can be affected by water in a different way. Many people mistakenly believe concrete is waterproof and cannot be affected by water. Your concrete can be severely damaged by water. While water is an essential part of concrete, it can also cause irreparable damage. Concrete’s strength and natural alkalinity can be affected by extreme humidity and heat. Mold growth is also possible for organic materials, such as dirt and dust, that are trapped between concrete flooring and concrete subfloor.
Always seek professional assistance
LVT flooring can still be dried and reinstalled following a water loss if they are addressed promptly. The water will not cause permanent damage, but the subflooring and walls will need drying. This will ultimately lead to LVT being damaged.