LVT Flooring Suppliers
Typically made from polyvinyl chloride and calcium carbonate, LVT is manufactured through a process called calendering. This involves a series of heated rollers that roll or squeeze the compound into a continuous sheet. Once it’s formed, the sheet enters a cooling section and is sent to the printing or embossing section. The print layer is what gives the floor its visual appearance and can include patterns resembling ceramic or stone, wood planks, or even abstract designs. The clear top-coat is a protective layer that prevents the flooring from being damaged by harsh chemicals, scratches, and stains.
The bottom or base layer is the resilient vinyl material that provides the structure and traction of the floor. This layer helps to protect the floor from tearing and is available in different thicknesses depending on the level of traffic or use. For example, a healthcare space will want to choose a heavier, more durable base layer.
While the construction of the product is important, it’s also crucial to make sure the installer follows the manufacturers guidelines for installation and adhesive selections based on the space, moisture levels and end-use requirements. Many of these details aren’t always addressed when budgets are tight, which can lead to poor installations that cause problems down the road.
Another key item to consider is a full floorcare program that includes daily cleaning and periodic scrubbing or steaming. These procedures are important to maintaining a beautiful looking floor that will last longer and hold up to high volumes of foot traffic.
A final note, when specifying for LVT it’s important to look at all the variables when putting together the specification, including visual offerings, size offerings, edge treatments and surface texture (embossing). For example, Mannington Commercial has some very interesting options in their Distinctive line of 4 mm products that can be installed as either a full spread or glued down with a perimeter glue application.
As the industry evolves, we expect to see a broader spectrum of visual and performance options from LVT Flooring Suppliers. It’s a great option for facility managers to explore when putting together their next project, especially when there is a requirement for durability or a desire to create a more visually appealing space. Just remember to always work with a knowledgeable flooring professional when selecting an LVT product for your project and follow a simple, thorough floorcare program. By doing so, you’ll be well on your way to a successful flooring installation that will stand the test of time.