Exciting Footnotes To Luxury Vinyl Tile

Submitted by Annette M. Callari, A.S.I.D.; CMG

Vinyl tile, once upon a time, could elicit a yawn when we think back to how it looked in our grandma’s house. I remember rigid little squares of red and yellow tiles that formed a cheerful checkerboard in my grandmother’s cavernous kitchen--cheerful, yes, but a maintenance nightmare. Black scuff marks from children’s shoes were the undoing of many 1950’s housewives! Vinyl tile was predictable and boring. But today’s awesome styles are inspired, aesthetically, AND include a UV-cured urethane coating that keeps maintenance to a pleasant minimum. No more hands and knees scrubbing for today’s grandmas (or you).

Some of the most attention-getting floors that absolutely command attention can be discovered while you are out and about. Creative applications of the hottest and newest LVT designs present themselves to us on a daily basis. You can’t help but notice these maverick floors, especially when they are done so artistically.

For instance, your favorite restaurant may now be showcasing beautiful, functional, crisp and clean LVT to underscore its gourmet offerings at the table. Your local library just reopened, and there it is again—a pleasing mix and match of LVT cork floors that capture your attention. A trip to your doctor’s medical center also features a lobby floor designed to look like streaming sisal in complementary nature-drawn colors. The airport, your favorite retail store, maybe even the auditorium at your kid’s school, are all discovering “Natural Creations” LVT, a work of art from Armstrong Flooring.

Now that I’ve gotten your attention, why am I even writing about something designed for commercial applications? The answer is already pretty apparent: OPTIONS!!! Options for you as a homeowner to think outside the box and grab something uber-functional, while at the same time “designery”. (I made up that word, but it works and spell check will just have to live with it.) Natural Creations is actually a three-part series: ArborArt™ is a collection of rich-looking woods; EarthCuts™ captures all the stone styles; and Mystix™ makes up the third part of the series, encompassing designer trends like cork and bamboo floors. ALL, of course, are luxury vinyl tile, which are so true to the natural material, you will have to feel and touch to know that it’s vinyl. As a bonus, here are some of the types of floors that LVT can be installed right over:

  • Concrete, terrazzo, and other dry, structurally sound monolithic subfloors on all grade levels
  • Existing resilient flooring
  • Suspended wood subfloor construction, with approved wood underlayments
  • Certain metals
  • Radiant-heated subfloors with a maximum surface temperature of 85 degrees F. (29 C)

As functional as these floors are for many installations, they are not recommended for high moisture areas, areas where non-slip floors are desired, or for outdoor use.

(See Armstrong specifications for complete list and any limitations—available through your local Armstrong retailer or visit Armstrong’s website at armstrong.com/lvt.)

Each of these three new Collections has a number of pleasing sizes to choose from. Everything from 4”x 36” wood planks to stone looks featuring 12” x 12”, 18” x 18” and 12” x 24” selections. Combining wood and stone looks in your own personal design can net some exciting results and test YOUR creativity. It’s just plain fun to come up with a one-of-a-kind floor that’s built for easy care and maintenance. Bonus rooms, dens, kitchens, family rooms…the applications are worth imagining. Armstrong said it best when I spoke recently to several of their contract representatives:

ArborArt woods, EarthCuts stones, and Mystix trends each has its own distinctive characteristics and applications, yet all have been designed to work together to create virtually endless innovative flooring designs”.

The pictures included with this article are testament to that. And, it is vividly apparent that the tones, textures and visuals are all inspired from the natural world around us. Here are a few more of the product features definitely worth mentioning:

  • The natural wood graining and color variations clearly convey each “wood’s” true character
  • The stone collection features natural surface characteristics and color variations that give it depth and realism
  • Playful colors, colored stone and graphic patterns all mix well for truly innovative floor designs
  • Embossed visuals convey textures inherently found in wood and natural stone
  • All tiles and planks feature beveled edges
  • The entire collection is FloorScore certified for low VOC emissions

A quote I took from the 6/12/09 Chicago Tribune stated: “In the battle of the sexes, women are the apparent winners when it comes to home choices. They want designs that reduce stress.”

For that very reason, housing floor plans, as well as the products that go into the home, should be ‘woman-centric’.

As I researched the features and benefits of LVT for residential use, I decided this was definitely a ‘woman-centric’ product line. Ease of maintenance ranked high on the list of benefits, and this certainly fit the bill. The beauty of these innovative styles is difficult to convey via the written word, so I encourage you to visit an Armstrong dealer locally, or go on-line and take a mini-tour of what the world of LVT has to offer. Good things await you.

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Date: September 2, 2016
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We used Luxury Vinyl planks in both kitchen and den and just love it!
Date: March 26, 2016
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We installed Luxury Vinyl planks in kitchen and den and we love it!
Date: June 25, 2015
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Our flooring specialist tells us that LVT is great for a high moisture area.
Date: February 24, 2015
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We need to replace the carpeting at our beach house and Im researching all of he options. The woodgrain vinyl plank really caught my attention, but I wasnt sure how it would resist wear and tear of beach living with sand and gravel being tracked in no matter how hard you try to keep it out. This has moved to the top of my list, pushing porcelain and hardwood to 2nd & 3rd choices.
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very informative and helpful
Date: March 25, 2014
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nice well written good pictures These will help folks get their imaginations going on what they can do to customize their home.
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Well stated info on LVT! Good pics and superb info. Good job.

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