How Does LVT Get Manufactured?
Not only is luxury vinyl flooring printed with many great designs that give the appearance of real wood or stone, but it also comes with many great advantages when manufactured in either tiles or planks.
As a rapidly evolving market item, LVT is amazingly still a relatively new product for homes. LVT has taken over laminate and tiles and has become a prime product for rooms where water is constant.
PVC vinyl is installed to create all luxury vinyl tiles in many layers. To make the product hard, different chemicals are utilised with PVC.
Rolling is used to delicately compress several sheets of PVC vinyl whilst submerged in liquid. That allows for durable sheets of vinyl that then get dried with a mix of heat and air. The manufacturers will add realism to the top layer by adding depth to simulate grooves that you would see in stone or wood. The top layer will also be embossed for a finish.
Following that, a clear vinyl coating is added to the LVT at the end of the production process to give an additional measure of protection and comfort. To give the product increased comfort and warmth, the vinyl product is squished together whilst it is given its beautiful visual covering via a glueing process.
Thanks to new advancements in technology, the production of Luvanto luxury vinyl flooring has been improved greatly, using recycled polymers and even wood as core components. Cork underlays are also being used by some manufacturers for their LVT products.
Why is LVT Thinner Than Laminate?
LVT flooring can measure thickness anywhere between 2mm to 8mm. Many of them frequently have various top layers also that range from 0.1mm to 0.6mm thick.
The high density and strength of more premium vinyl tiles account for the thinness. There is no real need to have them any thicker because 4mm of compressed vinyl is considerably stronger over 8mm of hardwood. These are frequently used for this and are sturdy enough for commercial installations with high usage. Slimmer profiles mean that existing fixtures like skirting and shower trays will be less disturbed.
Where Would It Be Best Utilised?
Being manufactured from PVC means that LVT is a great alternative to hardwood flooring in any location where moisture is problematic for flooring options. The product will lay flat without absorbing any moisture or swelling from water thanks to its stability provided by the numerous layers.
For more information on luxury vinyl flooring for your home or business, contact the team at Floorbay today.
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