Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a product that property management professionals are paying attention to. Sustainable solutions can encompass many products. This post is going to focus specifically on on how luxury vinyl tile solutions have come to the market and how they can affect the ROI on your property.
When you think of vinyl flooring, what comes to mind? Is it the endless vinyl squares that were in your grandma’s kitchen, faded where the sun bleached them and dented near the sink where countless dishes were dropped on them? Perhaps it’s the rolled-on kind that curled up in dark corners where the glue didn’t quite reach. Either way, vinyl floors are no longer what they used to be. Actually, you may find yourself walking on one and not even realize it’s vinyl.
What Is Luxury Vinyl Tile?
LVT (luxury vinyl tile) is the next generation of vinyl flooring. It can have the look and feel of many of your common flooring such as wood, ceramic, and stone. Unlike its more expensive cousins, LVT is much more cost-effective and easier to install. Just like its name suggests, it feels and looks much more luxurious than its ancestors. Besides the cost, why would anyone want to install LVT instead of traditional flooring? Let’s compare it to traditional flooring and see how LVT stands up.
Compared To Other Flooring – How Does LVT Rank?
Carpet – comparable in price to carpet, LVT lasts much longer. According to this article from PDC interiors: “the replacement cycle for L.V.T. is at least twice as long as a carpeted surface”. This is an especially attractive feature for the multifamily industry, who deals with replacing carpets regularly as apartments turn.
Wood – besides the cost, durability is the greatest advantage with LVT. Drop a heavy object on a wood floor, and you have expensive repairs to make. LVT can withstand heavy abuse and is resistant to scratches, dents, stains, and spills. Yes, even pets have a hard time destroying LVT flooring. Because of this, it can be installed in bathrooms and kitchens with confidence.
Ceramic tile – because of the installation process, LVT is much easier to replace than ceramic tile. Often, LVT can be installed directly over a ceramic floor. Although both are durable, LVT is warmer and more comfortable than ceramic, and this can be considered a stylish upgrade when showing an apartment to a prospect.
Property Management and LVT Solutions
Luxury vinyl tile solutions is the flooring direction that property management companies are implementing now. Everyone is happy with this process. The asset manager, the apartment maintenance professional, and most importantly the current or future residents. It is easier to repair. It has a sophisticated look but at price that makes you smile.
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