Brand new kitchen? Or bathroom? Or have you had your lounge decorated with a nice new feature wall? "But what about the floor, we have kids, pets, or parties every weekend?" The answer to this in our opinion is Luxury Vinyl Tiles, a product made from basically plastic with a polyurethane wear layer it will with stand the harshest environments in any home (within reason) it comes in a variety of colours and finishes and replicates both wood and tile floors. An authentic wood floor or a sheet of vinyl generally run in one direction however with an LVT floor you can incorporate borders, feature strips, motifs, even bend planks around obstacles such as fire hearths! An almost endless array of designs can be accomplished, only limited by imagination. Sounds expensive all this designer stuff! Well actually LVTs come in at around the same cost per square metre as a good quality sheet vinyl floor, as with all vinyl products the preparation is key and this is where most costs mount up, if the floor has a high moisture content it will need to be treated, if the surface isn't smooth it again will need to be treated. There are many retailers out there which sell LVTs some test the floors and some don't, if they do then you are on the right track but if they don't then there is only two outcomes, firstly the installer will come along and fit the floor being none the wiser, although it is part of their job to test aswell and the floor within time will fail! The only way to rectify this is to rip out and start afresh including all necessary treatments. The second outcome is the fitter will have a moisture metre and test the floor on the morning of the installation, if their readings are higher than 75% RH (Relative Humidity) the next sentence from them will probably include a price sometimes greater than the cost of the flooring itself, a nasty surprise by any ones standards. He's not trying to stitch anyone up, he is actually doing his job by British Standards 8203 although the timing is not great, he is ensuring that the floor will perform correctly and at the same time covering his own back as he could be held responsible if the floor fails! The best way for any consumer when thinking about purchasing LVTs is go onto the manufacturers website, they will have all the information you require or speak to your flooring supplier as it is in their interest aswell to supply this data for you. Do your research, make sure there are no hidden extras and if your in any doubt speak to the manufacturer!
We will over time be blogging about many different materials, situations and installation advice for both the customer and installer alike. We have many years of experience in the flooring industry and we aim to give good, honest advice. As with all information supplied we must add that all the opinions and info stated is that of SCD FLOORING only.