What is Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)?
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring?
LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is now widely referred to as LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) or LVF (Luxury Vinyl Flooring). LVT is a layered tile or plank consisting of PVC, print film and embossed wear layer that boasts beautiful designs, diverse functionality and affordability.
At EarthWerks, we have been sourcing LVT for over 40 years. Primarily sourced in China, Taiwan and Korea, we use our generations of relationships and sourcing experience to bring you the best in manufacturing excellence for our flooring. In 1978, we began sourcing self-stick tiles, which have evolved to numerous sizes and constructions of vinyl products. EarthWerks has a proven track record that truly stands the test of time – offering excellent flooring style, service and availability you can trust.
How is LVT Made?
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is composed of laminated layers of PVC substrate, print film design, and a wear layer that is usually enhanced with a coating for superior durability.
The foundation consists of base layer(s) of PVC. These layers create the structural range of your tile or plank and differ based on the overall thickness of the specification. The Balancing Layer is the bottom layer of PVC and contains a higher content of PVC resin and/or plasticizer to balance the product with the top layer (wear layer) and the multiple base layers. The foundation is measured in millimeters (mm).
The foundation layer varies by the performance needs of the product. EarthWerks offers products in a range of 2mm to 7mm thicknesses, dependent on the product construction type and performance needs.
The Design Layer is the printed decorative film that allows your floor to come to life! Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) has come a long way in the past twenty years. The products are more realistic due to enhanced technologies in printing and embossing. EarthWerks offers a wide variety of stone and hardwood options to fit any décor.
Performance / Wear Layer
Using the best wear layers and coatings make a difference. The wear layer is what we see and touch once the product is installed. Superior wear layers are critical for performance, as well as allowing the design layer to come to life. At EarthWerks, we coat our products with TuffShield enhancement for ultimate durability and scratch resistance.
Most wear layers range in thickness from ~0.15mm to 0.8mm. Performance/wear layers are referred to in “mm” or in “mils”. Mils are calculated as 4 mils = 0.1 mm. Example: A 20 mil product is equal to a 0.5mm wear layer.
Is LVT / LVP Flooring Waterproof?
Luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring is constructed primarily of PVC materials, making this product waterproof. However, please note that glue-down LVT / LVP uses chemicals in the adhesive that may NOT be waterproof. Only click, floating installation vinyl products are truly considered waterproof, as they do not require additional materials / adhesives to install and can be easily replaced.
What are the Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile?
Applications of LVT / LVP Flooring
Green4Life (G4L) Program
EarthWerks Green4Lie (G4L) program embodies green efforts for future generations. When you buy EarthWerks products, you know you’re green conscious because all our vinyl flooring options are recyclable and manufactured in energy-efficient facilities. G4L by EarthWerks is your assurance that all of our products include many of the following attributes:
EarthWerks created the Green4Life program to bring awareness to Reclaim, Recycle and Reuse. Our flooring solutions are a step in the right direction.