- Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is a type of resilient flooring that includes both luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl planks (LVP).
- Luxury vinyl flooring is a term that loosely describes a vinyl-based flooring material that closely mimics the look of a natural material through realistic images and textures. Features of luxury and traditional vinyl tile do overlap and in some cases are indistinguishable.
- There is no difference in the number of layers between traditional and luxury vinyl tile, only the thickness of these layers.
- Both generally have four layers, starting at the top and going down:
- Aluminum Oxide: This topmost aluminum oxide-based layer prevents light scratching and shoe scuffs.
- Clear Film: This layer protects against harder damage, such as rips and tears.
- Design Layer: This is the photo-realistic print of stone or wood.
- Backing Layer: The bottom layer is the real “meat” of the flooring, giving the product structure and solidity. The backing layer comprises 90% of the product’s thickness.
- * = “All vinyl” tile is still composed of the multiple layers listed directly above. This term is used only to distinguish it from tiles which have limestone added into the base.