Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a low-cost flooring material available in a wide variety of finishes and sizes. Durable and easy-to-clean, this hard surface floor option is a popular alternative to carpeting and ceramic tile. Most LVT is made up of four layers:
- Base layer
- Core layer
- Top layer
- Upper wear layer
Manufacturers are producing more and more LVT options for use, from textiles and metallics to wood looks and even embossed patterns, to meet the desired aesthetic and design requirements for your property.
If you’re considering new hotel flooring, we’ve created a helpful guide complete with all the information you need to know to decide if luxury vinyl tile is the right call:
Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile
LVT is one of the most cost-effective flooring materials out there, but there are plenty of other reasons to choose the carpeting alternative for your hotel project:
- Allergy Friendly
LVT is a flat material, meaning it doesn’t tend to hold onto dust like carpet would or absorb other allergens.
- Easy Installation and Removal
Both installing and removing LVT is a simple process, with a multitude of install options available such as loose lay, adhesive, or click installation.
- Simple Maintenance
Luxury vinyl tile is incredibly hygienic, since spills or messes can be wiped away for an uncomplicated cleaning process. The cleanability of this hard surface flooring option also makes it an ideal choice for pet-friendly rooms.
Disadvantages of Luxury Vinyl Tile
Like any material, LVT isn’t without its drawbacks:
- Noise Levels
The acoustics for luxury vinyl tile is less sound-absorbent than carpet. This can especially become an issue on upper floors of hotels. However, the level of acoustics is similar to that of wood.
- Safety Concern
Though LVT is one of the most slip-resistant hard surface options, there is a higher risk of slipping and falling compared to carpeting, which is naturally a more shock-absorbent surface.
- Moisture Protection
As a vinyl product, LVT encloses moisture and may trap spilled water, particularly when it is directly glued. Water can seep into the seams of glue down flooring and flush out the adhesive.
Useful Tips for LVT
As with any aspect of your hotel, your choices in specs, design, and add-ons will directly affect the quality of your operations. Consider the following advice when installing luxury vinyl tile in your hotel:
Make the Right Choice
Always be mindful of brand and technical requirements when selecting hard surface flooring. Luxury vinyl tile comes in an assortment of thicknesses, sizes, and finishes, all of which affect the product effectiveness. LVT must be commercial performance, as low-quality selections will result in issues with installation, and longevity, and possible brand rejection.
A Little Something Extra
There are various ways you can make luxury vinyl tile better meet your property’s needs. For high traffic areas, you can treat the top and upper wear layers to make the material more scratch-resistant. Cork-backed luxury vinyl tile is an excellent way to reduce noise levels.
Click installation is generally a better option than glue down, as adhesive installs are more expensive and labor-intensive. Product removal is also a more manageable process with click inlaid.
Flooring is an essential component of a hotel, so it’s vital that you make the right material selections for each area of your property. The FF&E procurement and design specialists at Innvision Hospitality are here to guide you in the right direction. Contact us to get started on your new construction or renovation project today.